Published on December 21st, 2014 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
The Hype Magazine interviews 1st time Grammy Nominee B.J. The Chicago Kid – A South Side Story
With a moniker like B.J The Chicago Kid, you’d expect to be experiencing some of that Chi Town hip-hop flavor coming out of the speaker, however, this young but fully developed entertainer, brings us some original soul. Not only that, the ‘Kid’ is celebrating his first Grammy Nomination for his work with Schoolboy Q on “Oxymoron” which is nominated for Best Rap Album along with offerings by Iggy Azalea, Childish Gambino, Em, Wiz and Common.
B.J. just released the “The M.A.F.E. Project” which features appearances from the likes of Freddie Gibbs on the hit “B.A.M.,” and has been touring with Grammy winner Marsha Ambrosius.
What makes him unique is his total passion for good music and his willingness to share himself uniquely in R&B, the way it was meant to be. Stay tuned for lots of B.J. The Chicago Kid on your airwaves, and be ready for a soulful ride with every offering.
The rules of the game are as old as time. Be it Cee-lo or snake eyes, chances go around. Yet, with the heavy buzz surrounding his highly anticipated, widely circulated independent album Pineapple Now-Laters, it’s clear that R&B crooner BJ The Chicago Kid is on a winning streak. Flaunting a distinct vocal style that skillfully melds the soulful and the sanctified – exceedingly appraised by the likes of superstars such as Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Kendrick Lamar and Usher – BJ The Chicago Kid is destined to become the voice of his generation. As a songwriter, he has penned songs for icons such as Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige.
With his Chi-town moxie on deck, BJ spread his wings and took flight with his sights set on Los Angeles. Before he even touched down in the city, he’d landed a prime gig as a backup tour vocalist with Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary. His vocal prowess soon caught the attention of yet another Grammy-winning act: Usher. BJ accompanied the pop/ R&B superstar as a backup vocalist on his wildly successful Truth Tour in support of his multi-platinum album Confessions. Opportunity seemed to keep knocking as his songwriting genius enabled him to land placements on albums such as Mario’s Turning Point (“Nikes Fresh Out The Box”), Mary J. Blige’s Growing Pains (“Hurt Again”), Musiq Soulchild’s Luvanmusiq (“Ridiculous”) and Toni Braxton’s Pulse (“Caught (Don’t Take Your Hat Off))” featuring Mo’Nique).
Listen to the full audio interview with 1st time Grammy Nominee, B.J. The Chicago Kid below! (Note: this interview is a few days pre-nom, stay tuned for updates!)