Calvin Lashon Woods (born April 3, 1999), professionally known as Calboy (/ˈkælbɔɪ/), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is signed to Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. In 2018, he came to prominence after the release of his viral song "Envy Me", later serving as the lead single from his debut EP, Wildboy, released on May 31, 2019.

Calboy
Calboy in January 2019
Calboy in January 2019
Background information
Birth nameCalvin Lashon Woods
Also known as147Calboy
Born (1999-04-03) April 3, 1999 (age 23)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginCalumet City, Illinois, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014-present
Labels

Early lifeEdit

Calvin Woods was born in South Side, Chicago; he later relocated to Calumet City, Illinois.[1] Woods turned to music to channel the frustrations of growing up below the poverty line. He is one of five children raised by a single mother.

Woods witnessed two of his best friends die, one of a drug overdose and the other to gun violence. His family migrated between small homes to small apartments.[2][3]

CareerEdit

2016–2017: Career beginningsEdit

On July 7, 2017, Calboy released his debut mixtape, The Chosen One.[4] on Paper Gang Inc. Later that year, Calboy released his second mixtape, Anxiety, on December 7, 2017.[5]

2018–present: Calboy, the Wild Boy and WildboyEdit

On June 18, 2018, Woods released his third mixtape, Calboy, the Wildboy. With cover artwork made by "Tyler, the Illustrator."

He released his single "Envy Me" on September 13, 2018, to critical acclaim. It later served as the lead single from his debut EP Wildboy, released on May 31, 2019. "Envy Me" peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[6]

In February 2019, Calboy released the EP Wildboy, followed by another EP, Long Live the Kings in March 2020, with the latter receiving a deluxe version in July 2020, including 6 new tracks.[7]

On August 11, 2020, Calboy was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[8]

On March 22, 2021, "Miseducation" featuring fellow rapper Lil Wayne was released as the lead single off Calboy's debut album "Redemption" set to be released the same year. Swae Lee is also set to make an appearance on the album. Although there is no release date yet, the album is complete.[9]

ArtistryEdit

InfluencesEdit

Woods has cited his influences as Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Sherwood, Fuel, Chance the Rapper, The Starting Line, Chief Keef, New Found Glory, G Herbo, The All American Rejects, and 50 Cent.[10]

Woods' rap moniker comes from combining his government name Calvin and the character Cowboy from the 1979 cult film The Warriors.[11]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
The Chosen One
Anxiety
  • Released: December 7, 2017
  • Label: Paper Gang Inc.
  • Format: Digital download
Calboy, the Wildboy

Extended playsEdit

List of EPs with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[12]
US
R&B/HH
[13]
US
Rap
[14]
CAN
[15]
Wildboy 30 18 16 62 • US: 16,000
Long Live the Kings
  • Released: February 25, 2020
  • Label: Polo Grounds Music, RCA
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
136
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

List of singles showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
US
R&B/HH

[18]
"Envy Me" 2018 31 14 Wildboy
"Caroline"[19]
(featuring Polo G)
2019
"Unjudge Me"
(featuring Moneybagg Yo)
"Chariot"
(featuring Meek Mill, Lil Durk and Young Thug)
[A]
"Purpose"
(featuring G Herbo)
Long Live the Kings
"Barbarian"
(featuring Lil Tjay)
2020
"Brand New"[7]
(featuring King Von)
"Rounds"[7]
(featuring Fivio Foreign)
"Pushin' P Freestyle"[21] 2021
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Get a Bag" 2019 Chance the Rapper The Big Day
"100k On a Coupe" Pop Smoke N/A
"Diana (Remix)" 2020 Pop Smoke, King Combs Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (Deluxe)
"Thug Kry" YG, Lil Mosey My Life 4Hunnid

ToursEdit

HeadliningEdit

  • Rockstar Wild Boyz Tour (2019)[22]

Supporting actEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Chariot" did not chart on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but did peak at number two on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In Search Of: Here's Why People Are Looking Up JENNIE, CalBoy, & Jackson Wang". Genius. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "CalBoy". Genius. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Chartbreaker: Calboy on His Chicago Rap Roots and Avoiding 'The Sunken Place'". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Mixtapez, My, Mixtape of The Chosen One by Calboy, retrieved July 2, 2019
  5. ^ Mixtapez, My, Mixtape of Anxiety (hosted by DJ Pharris) by Calboy, retrieved July 2, 2019
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Lilah, Rose (June 26, 2020). "Calboy Teams With Fivio Foreign On Booming "Rounds"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Cline, Georgette (August 11, 2020). "XXL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS REVEALED". XXL. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Calboy (March 28, 2021). "#AlbumComplete1stAlbumAMasterpiece". Instagram.
  10. ^ III, Robby Seabrook. "The Break Presents: Calboy – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Calboy on Choosing His Name: "Cowboy" Sounded Gay Like 'Brokeback Mountain' (Part 3). YouTube.
  12. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Top Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  15. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  16. ^ a b c "CALBOY - ENVY ME". RIAA. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  18. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  19. ^ "Caroline - Single by Calboy & Polo G". Apple Music.
  20. ^ "Calboy Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  21. ^ "Calboy "Pushes P" in New Single". The Phenomenon Mag. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  22. ^ "Rockstar Wildboyz The Tour with 147 Calboy". SOBS. Internet Archive. Archived from the original on February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "Kodak Black Announces 'The Dying To Live Tour'". Live Nation Entertainment. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  24. ^ "21 Savage Announces "I Am > I Was" Tour Dates With Young Nudy & Calboy". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved July 12, 2019.