Meet: BJ The Chicago Kid
He’s a Soul Man
His Hood: Southside
Catch him on: His debut album with Motown dropping later this year, his new single “Good Luv’n” available for download on iTunes, along with his Pineapple Now & Laters mixtape on bjthechicagokid.com
Once in awhile the music world is blessed with an artist who can withstand time, a voice that would be a standout whether in 1963 or 2013. BJ the Chicago is that artist. But for much of his career, he didn’t standout in the least. As a matter of fact, he did just the opposite, singing backup for a range of artists. The Motown signee is proving to be a soul crooner who, like his predecessors, belongs on the historical label. With his debut mixtape, Pineapple Now & Laters, and features with rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper, BJ is showing the world what he’s got, this time taking center stage.
Every interview he’s representing you, makin’ you proud:
"The rules growing up in Chicago has done so much as far as my life and music. They keep you from getting in some of the crazy situations just in life. Like keep your mouth closed and you still could remain the coolest guy in the room, the coolest guy ain’t always the one that’s talking to you. For example, if I’m somewhere with my manager handling business, then I’mma chill and I’mma kick it. I’m gonna be the artist to sell and let him do the talking…the rules that I’ve been raised by and grew up with, I’ve learned from Chicago."
Now everybody got the game figured out all wrong, I guess you never know what you got till it’s gone:
"There’s always more out the city, that’s why you’ve got artists like Chance The Rapper. That’s why you’ve got guys like me. That’s why you’ve got guys like Mikey [Sir Michael Rocks], GLC. You’ve got a lot of different artists and sounds, but each voice hasn’t been known by the world as a Chicago sound. There’s so much from Chicago that I feel like it’s only a matter of time before those that step out let ‘em know that this is another part of Chicago and you can’t think of Chicago without thinking of me and this."
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