In My Mind by BJ the Chicago Kid on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

BJ the Chicago Kid spent years crafting In My Mind, a dazzling merger of post-millennial R&B and vintage soul. Tender, God-fearing ballads like “Shine” and the funk-testifying “Jeremiah” sit well next to “The New Cupid,” which unfolds over a crackling stutter-step break as guest Kendrick Lamar yearns for true love amidst one-night flings. In contrast to the modern 8-bit video game flurries of “Man Down,” “Woman’s World” is a throwback ballad with a vintage ‘60s tempo that notes how times have changed since James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

BJ the Chicago Kid spent years crafting In My Mind, a dazzling merger of post-millennial R&B and vintage soul. Tender, God-fearing ballads like “Shine” and the funk-testifying “Jeremiah” sit well next to “The New Cupid,” which unfolds over a crackling stutter-step break as guest Kendrick Lamar yearns for true love amidst one-night flings. In contrast to the modern 8-bit video game flurries of “Man Down,” “Woman’s World” is a throwback ballad with a vintage ‘60s tempo that notes how times have changed since James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.”

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About BJ the Chicago Kid

Born to church choir directors on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Bryan Sledge, aka BJ the Chicago Kid, relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, when he became a backup singer for contemporary gospel stars Mary Mary. Over the next several years, he appeared as a vocalist on Stevie Wonder's A Time to Love and wrote material for a mix of R&B and gospel artists, including Crystal Aikin, Shirley Caesar, Lalah Hathaway, Joe, and Kindred the Family Soul. Major strides as a solo artist were made in 2012. In February, he released Pineapple Now-Laters -- a hefty introductory showcase for his streetwise mix of vintage and modern styles. Two tracks, including an update of War's "The World Is a Ghetto," featured Kendrick Lamar. That August, he announced that he had signed to Motown, which released the Pineapple track "Good Luv'n" as a single in October. A mixtape, The M.A.F.E. Project, was released in November 2014, while one of its tracks -- "It's True," featuring ScHoolboy Q -- was issued as his second Motown single. In 2015, he continued to work toward the release of his first proper album with singles "That Girl," "Church," and "The Resume," and he was featured on tracks by Joey Bada$$, Kehlani, Jill Scott, and Dr. Dre, among several others. In My Mind arrived the following February. In 2017, he released the single "Roses." ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • BORN
    Nov 23, 1984

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