Steve Stone Huff and Caleb James

  • Steve “Stone” Huff
  • Steve “Stone” Huff and Caleb James

Save Money rapper and producer Caleb James lands on the cover of this week’s B Side as he prepares to release the follow-up to last year’s The Jones, a mixtape packed with feel-good throwback party tunes that straddle the line between hip-hop and R&B. In my feature I mention that The Jones 2.0 is set to include at least one track he produced with his father, Steve “Stone” Huff, a multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Cleveland R&B singer Avant, new jack swing singer Keith Sweat, and Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child; he now serves as a pastor at Safe House Church in Evanston. Just before my story hit the Reader site James dropped that tune, which is called “Honesty and Loyalty,” and it’s as smooth and luxurious as the best tracks from The Jones; I’m particularly into the light, sumptuous guitar line that snakes through the entire song. After listening to this I hope The Jones 2.0 includes at least one more track James made with his dad.

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.