Soulful Sundays: Introducing BJ The Chicago Kid!

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April 21, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
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You know that feeling you get when you hear your favorite singer sing live or even better, when you hear an old school song that makes you swoon? I’m pretty sure this guy can do the absolute same thing for you.

BJ The Chicago Kid is a singer/songwriter who hails from the south side of…yes, Chicago.  His parents were choir directors and music was a constant in his home.  His parents, though of the church world, were well-rounded enough to be open to listen to all kinds of music.

BJ moved to California when he was 19 and became a background singer for gospel stars Mary Mary.  His words can be heard on songs by Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Toni Braxton and Musiq Soulchild. He’s also sung background vocals or with stars like Usher and Stevie Wonder. BJ’s own music is extremely soulful, giving you very 70s soul and funk with a hip-hop slap on it.

Last year, he released Pineapple Now & Laters on iTunes which was possibly one of the most slept on R&B albums of 2012.  Songs like “Fly Girl Get ‘Em” and “Aiight” are stand outs as he celebrates black women and also love and sex, respectively. Oh yes, BJ loves singing about bedroom activity; his most recent single, “Honey” is the proof in that pudding.

While, it seems like BJ is becoming a slow burn in the music industry, hip hop artists like Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T (who I’ll get to another day because you all are still sleeping on him) have also embraced him; Kendrick dropped a couple of verses on Pineapple Now & Laters and BJ sings the hook on “Life Is A Gamble” from K.R.I.T.’s latest mixtape, King Remembered In Time.

Now, I’m not going to force him on you but as a whole, we’re always complaining that music sucks and no one is really making anything good anymore, right?

Well, here I am: Serving you BJ The Chicago Kid on a platter.

Check out “Fly Girl Get Em” below:

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  • http://twitter.com/docbndgrl9113 Keesha (Киша)

    He is an amazingly soulful singer! I first heard him on one of Kendrick Lamar’s songs. I love this song too. I can’t wait to hear more from him.