MP3: Caleb James (SaveMoney) – “Honesty and Loyalty”
SaveMoney’s Caleb James Talks “Honesty and Loyalty” On New Single, Premiere via MissInfo
Critical Praise for Caleb James:
“Chance the Rapper co-signed up-and-comer spits hot fire in the snow” – SPIN
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
“James sounds tough over sinister, rattling production.” – The FADER
SaveMoney’s Caleb James shares the code that he and his team live by on his latest single, “Honesty and Loyalty,” premiered by MissInfo. The song is co-produced by Caleb and his dad, Steve Stone Huff, whose credits range from the Isley Brothers to Mary Mary to Keith Sweat, including a stint as R. Kelly’s bassist. This soulful legacy is evident as Huff brings harmonic guitar and piano elements to the tune, backing Caleb’s raps that preach the unity amongst himself, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and the rest of their Chicago collective.
A founding member of the SaveMoney crew, Caleb is a part of the rising tide of Chicago artists making national noise. His forthcoming mixtape, The Jones 2.0, is set to be released this Spring. Earlier this year, the first single, “Eddy Curry,” premiered on The FADER, while a video for the track later debuted on SPIN. Last week, SXSW announced Caleb James as an official artist.
Listen to “Honesty & Loyalty” here: https://soundcloud.com/caleb-james-save-money/caleb-james-honesty-and
Check out the MissInfo premiere here: http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/caleb-james-honesty-and-loyalty/
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.
“Honesty and Loyalty”: https://soundcloud.com/audibletreats/caleb-james-honesty-and/s-i41FN
“Eddy Curry”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T7irP79GrM
The FADER premieres “Eddy Curry”: http://www.thefader.com/2013/12/19/stream-caleb-james-eddy-curry/
“The Jones Does CMJ”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeCXHuqTDl0
Bio, pictures, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/caleb-james/