MP3: Caleb James – “Eddy Curry” (Prod. Nez & Rio)
Chicago Rapper Caleb James Premieres New Track Off “The Jones 2.0”, Out In February
Critical Praise for Caleb James:
The Jones chosen as Mixtape of The Week by Stereogum
“Triple-threat talent” – DJ Booth
“With production that sounds like a throwback to the late-90s pop-rap era, The Jones shows a promising tape with a sound that dips outside of the expected template.” – Complex Music
Gearing up towards the release of his next mixtape, The Jones 2.0, emerging rapper/producer Caleb James debuts its first single, “Eddy Curry” today on The FADER. The track was produced by Nez & Rio, who are known for producing for Ab Soul and Schoolboy Q. When describing the creative process for the song James explained: “I was just in the mood to kill one more beat before I had to catch a flight back from LA to Chicago. I was in the studio with Nez & Rio and we had killed three songs already. It was like 4:30AM and I had a flight at 6AM but I was just like “let’s kill one more” and that’s how it happened.
Caleb James, notably, is part of the SaveMoney crew, a rapper clique in Chicago that includes Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, among others. Caleb has collaborated with both Chance and Vic on previous songs including Caleb’s “Saviour Money” and “Seppuku”, which was also produced by Nez & Rio.
The Jones 2.0 also features production from No ID and will be released February.
Listen to “Eddy Curry” here: https://soundcloud.com/caleb-james-save-money/caleb-james-eddy-curry-prod-by
The FADER premieres “Eddy Curry”:
Caleb James Background:
It’s easy to do a little time-traveling when listening to the music of Chicago’s Caleb James. One of many buzzing artists from hip-hop’s midwest mecca, Caleb channels a sound that cleverly pays homage to rap’s heyday of the 90’s and early 2000’s. “It’s throwback shit, but it’s turn up,” Caleb says about his recently released sophomore mixtape, The Jones. It was at 16 that Caleb taught himself how to make beats, emulating his favorite artists such as R. Kelly, Jay-Z, and Cash Money. Caleb released his first mixtape, Ground Up, in 2012. The project grew organically, as Caleb began to garner a buzz as part of Chicago’s SaveMoney collective, which includes Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper. Caleb stood out on posse cuts and live shows, and soon grew a solid following that begged him to release a formal project. Building on the foundation set by Ground Up, Caleb returned to the studio with a narrow focus and began work on The Jones. The result was a release that has been hailed by many as one of the year’s best. Caleb James has earned the respect of older hip hop heads and young fans alike because he is able to come from an authentic space with well-executed music. While his records may include throwback themes, it is clearly to see that Caleb is not an artist that has next, but an artist that has now.
“The Jones Does CMJ”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeCXHuqTDl0
Bio, pictures, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/caleb-james/