Former OSU student Cal Scruby's rap star dreams are a movie, literally

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

By Paul Meara

At first glance, Cal Scruby doesn't look like your typical rap superstar, but if you've ever been to one of his shows or seen his music videos your opinion might change.

Recently headlining his own show at a packed Park Street Saloon, the rapper born Calvin Scruby hit the stage with an instant outburst of screaming and applause from fans who knew nearly every word of his catalog.

Growing up in the Cincinnati suburb of Lebanon and then moving to Columbus to attend Ohio State, Scruby can call both major cities home. You see, home is something Cal is glad to visit after moving to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career.

"I was in L.A. for a month and a half before I was like, 'Alright, I need to come home for a bit,'" Cal Scruby said about his recent return to the Buckeye State. "It's still crazy for me at shows to come out and everybody knows every word to particular songs."

Cal recently moved to California after inking a management deal with Riveting Entertainment - a company that has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige and just about every relevant music star you can think of.

Riveting is known nationally for creating some of the music industry's best cinematic quality videos. Along with the opportunity to build his brand, Cal has had the fortuity to rub shoulders with top players in the music biz. Just ask Chris Brown, who recently told his followers to check out the Ohio rapper.

"Check out my bro CAL!!! Real spittah!" he tweeted.

One would think Scruby's recent deal signing was born through his fan base and local stardom. Ironically, the two camps came together outside of the music biz.

"I met Andrew at a bar and I was perfect drunk, you know - before slurring your words and with an added confidence," Scruby said in describing his initial contact with Riveting CEO Andrew Listermann. "He said he owned Riveting and I was familiar with them."

After giving Listermann his number, Cal was contacted just days later by the entertainment company. They were interested in signing him to a management deal.

"It's the perfect fit for me because it's like a label deal because they're able to provide funding and resources but at the same time I'm able to keep creative control," he said. "It's a little bit easier for me now to know that I can hand over the visual aspect of it to somebody credible."


Twitter: @CalScruby

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