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Known as The Move Man, Nato Caliph gets audiences on their feet and dancing to thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The prolific Knowledge-Battle-Rhyme Spitter (as coined in his hit single Move Pt. 2) has collaborated with artists ranging from Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics, Bits & Pieces, Soul Tyde and Konfusion to Creation. Well-known to underground hip-hop listeners, his impressive body of recordings have generated sales and interest from the Midwest (Vintage Vinyl, Disc Connection) to New York (Fat Beats) and across the globe via the Internet (virginrecordsonline.com, cdbaby.com, soundclick.com and funkytracks.com). He's moved crowds at the Missouri Black Expo and a number of St. Louis hot spots: Mississippi Nights and The Pageants 1st Fridays, Blueberry Hill, Hi Pointe, Red Sea and Creepy Crawl. Caliph has performed with The St. Lunatics and Bilal on stage while also contributing to several compilations, including Soul Tyde: Hip-Hop & Soulfulish and Dream-Reality records All about the Benjamins featuring Mystical and Cee-lo. His eagerly anticipated new album, 'Cipher Inside' is due to hit the streets winter 2006. Born Shedrick Remon Kelley on August 9, 1980, the St. Louis natives most influential years were spent growing up in the suburbs of University City. At U-City Senior High School in 1995, he met and befriended a schoolmate and hip-hop artist Phact to form KTC Konfusion to Creation. They soon enlisted a third member, Cin, to round out the hip-hop trio. As a finished product, KTC worked diligently to become three of St. Louis prospering underground minds and voices to be heard and felt throughout the streets. KTC received their first taste of fame when they performed their debut hit single, Smoken Verbs, at a performance at Washington University. Their individuality, originality and heady lyrical content grabbed listeners from the onset. Among his musical influences, Caliph cites the likes of Jay-Z, Rakim, Wu-Tang and The Lost Boyz. As an artist, however, Caliph is in a league of his own. He seasons his witty wordplay without use derogatory or foul language. He eschews the glorification of drugs, sex or violence in his music. Caliph founded Cipher Music Group in 2004, and has recently entered an alliance with F5 Records (www.f5records.com). Standouts among his previous solo work include Wisdom Cipher, The Home Work Series Volume 1: Class is in Session, The Home Work Series Volume 1.2: Class is in Session + Bonus Tracks and The Home Work Series Volume 2: Extra Credit. The vinyl singles Move Pt. 2 and This is For received heavy rotation on St. Louis two hottest hip-hop radio stations, Q95.5 and 100.3 the Beat. His latest 7 album All I Know b/w From Here featuring Isis Jones was released in May 2005. With a pseudonym meaning to bomb with success, Caliph is determined to blow up on the hip-hop charts. With many accomplishments under his belt and a creative voice that demands attention, Nato Caliph has what it takes to successfully excel further within the music industry. .. .. .. Written by: Aaron Berkowitz.