Milwaukee Legend Coo Coo Cal Appears Alongside Local Talent at Inaugural One World Music Festival in Milwaukee

Local Legacy 

The One World Music Festival paid homage to the local legends that helped build the Milwaukee music scene into what it is today. Coo Coo Cal was one of the local artists who performed at the festival to celebrate the past and future of Milwaukee music. Coo Coo Cal is a Milwaukee rapper who has been making music since the 90s with his debut album “Game”. The artist hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart in 2001 with the single “My Projects”.

“It’s a blessing man. It’s been 23 years. It took my city standing behind me and that song has still put me in places,” Coo Coo Cal said about his fame. 

Welcoming In the New Generation

Coo Coo Cal with the Founder of Carvd N Stone Nyesha Stone at the One World Music Festival in Milwaukee. (Picture By Tyree Pope III/Carvd N Stone)
Coo Coo Cal with the Founder of Carvd N Stone Nyesha Stone at the One World Music Festival in Milwaukee. (Picture By Tyree Pope III/Carvd N Stone)

As younger generations of Milwaukee musicians enter the scene drawing in more fans and attention to the city, its artists like Coo Coo Cal who have been welcoming growing artists into the community.

“It’s a new generation, a new era, right here and I just wanted to be a part of [it],” said Coo Coo Cal. “When they called me, you know, I was honored. I just wanted to be a part of it to support the new generation coming up.”

As Milwaukee is gaining national attention, Coo Coo Cal said the best thing to do as a creative community is to stick together and uplift each other. 

“We got a lot of good talent here in Milwaukee,” said Coo Coo Cal. “I think if we just come together and stick together like the other cities, Houston, New York, West Coast, you know what I’m saying, I think Milwaukee gonna blow up.” 

Check out Carvd N Stone’s video interviews from One World Music Festival 2024 here.

Maria Peralta-Arellano is a Milwaukee-native journalist who focuses on sharing news from her local communities. She dedicates her work to accessibility and producing bilingual coverage focused on arts, culture, and politics. She looks to explore her community through a journalistic and creative lens.

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