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New Music: Sufyvn feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Thinking ‘Bout You (Sleepless In Cairo)


Anything new from BJ The Chicago Kid is always welcomed around here.

The R&B soul man has recently teamed up with producer Sufyvn for a special collaboration that has been released by Spotify, as part of their ‘I’m with the banned‘ series. The project features music and videos from artists from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya — the six countries affected by President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban that was partially implemented at the end of June.

These acts have partnered with American artists and producers to create short videos and a full-length documentary due out later this year. The project focuses on issues affecting all communities such as immigration and LGBTQ equality.

Hailing from Sudan, Sufyvn’s production provides a lush soundscape for BJ to bless with his infectious vocals. The crooner is caught up by a new love and he pines to recover their romance anyway possible.

“Baby, just the thought of you keep me from wildin’,” he sings. “Cause baby desperately, I need you next to me / Cause I can’t stop thinking ’bout ya.”

Take a listen to the welcomed collaboration below.

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New Music: Goapele feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Stay

Goapele isn’t playing any games, well maybe some bedroom ones (wink), with her new weekly releases. Following, “Power” and “Secret,” the sultry songstress delivers a very sexy duet ballad.

The Oakland songstress calls on Chicago crooner, BJ The Chicago Kid to join her and spend the night on “Stay.”

Over production by Cornelio Austin, Goapele proposes a longer stay with her lover, “Won’t you just stay a little longer / Love a little stronger / Right here is where you belong, with me,” she sings.

Meanwhile, BJ admits there are a lot of temptations in this world, but his love remains with his woman at home. “The world outside is a tempting place / But can’t compare or can’t replace / What we have it something so unique,” he sings.

“Stay” is the fourth release off Goapele’s new EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19. The set follows her 2014 album, Strong As Glass.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Tiara Thomas – I Be High

BJ The Chicago Kid and Tiara Thomas connect today in celebration of every smoker’s favorite holiday, 4/20! The smooth, laid-back track titled, “I Be High,” finds both vocalists discussing the joys of smoking and making love.

“You know I roll up the best / Shout out to my connect / You know I smoke one / You feel that sh*t in your chest / Inhale n***a exhale n***a,” sings BJ.

“I Be High” follows a series of recent releases from BJ including his tribute to Usher’s Confessions, and his ode to cuffing season, The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The singer/songwriter most recently performed during Coachella weekend and is putting the finishing touches on the anticipated follow-up to his Grammy nominated debut album, In My Mind.

Meanwhile, Tiara just dropped her surprise acoustic EP Don’t Mention My Name last month.

Take a listen to “I Be High” below.

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New Music: PJ Morton feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & The HamilTones – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Following “Claustrophobic,” singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton connects with some soulful friends on his brand new single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

The short but sweet soul jam finds PJ crooning along with BJ The Chicago Kid and The HamilTones (Anthony Hamilton’s backup singers), on the inspiring groove that will have you instantly stomping your feet and singing along.

“Even when you try to bring me down / Everything’s gonna be alright / You see I’m still here let me adjust my pride / Everything’s gonna be alright / It will be alright, alright, alright, alright,” they sing together.

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” is the second release off PJ’s new album Gumbo, which is due out April 21. He also shared a third new track, titled “First Began,” which is the opening song off the album.

Take a listen to both below, and you can receive all 3 of his new songs when you pre-order Gumbo on iTunes now.

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Listen: Mr Jukes feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Angels / Your Love

Yes Lawd!

Had to borrow Anderson .Paak’s signature phrase for this one!  What a joy it was to stumble upon this jam by previous Bombay Bicycle Club frontman, Jack Steadman, who has branched off as a soul producer under the alias Mr Jukes.  The talented craftsman has traveled back into brassy funk past and brought back some head bobbing vibes with his insanely groovy new single “Angels / Your Love” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid.

The two songs are stitched together perfectly, as “Angels” boasts a stupendous wailing trumpet that plays backdrop to a mesmerizing airy vocal that gives off Brazilian jazz memories. A classic hip hop break beat with saxophone plays the perfect transition into BJ’s soulful vocals. The Chicago raised crooner sings out to a new lover, “I thought I was good, but I really wasn’t livin’ / Cause I ain’t have the feeling you’re givin’ / Thinking about your love.”

Mr. Jukes will release his debut album, God First, on June 9 via Island Records, it is set to include additional features from Lianne La Havas, Charles Bradley, Elli Ingram, Lalah Hathaway and more.

Check out the trippy “Angels / Your Love” video below!

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Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Usher Tribute EP

Thursday (March 23), marked the 13 anniversary of Usher‘s classic Diamond-selling album Confessions.

The album that many R&B fans herald as the last “classic” R&B album has inspired artists everywhere, and continues to do so. In a surprise move, soulful singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid has released a mini EP in tribute to Usher’s pinnacle project.

Working with producers Jairus Mozee and Tubb Young to recreate three tracks, BJ covers the title song, along with a snippet of “Simple Things,” and a mashup of “Can U Handle It” and “Superstar.” The later being the longest and the clear standout. The Chicago native showcases a tender, soulful take on the two songs in a unique blend, and I don’t know if we can handle BJ’s stirring vocals! Too Good!

The two artists have a long-standing history as BJ use to serve as one of Usher’s background vocalists. During which a young BJ performed on “The Truth Tour,” the 2004 trek in support of Usher’s Confessions.

Stream his tribute to Usher below!

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The Full 2017 Essence Festival Lineup Announced, Chance The Rapper, BJ The Chicago Kid & More Added

Every year the ESSENCE Festival is one of the most attended and talked about music festivals in the world.

This years events will take place June 30 – July 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana and boast another legendary cast of headliners, fan favorites and exciting newcomers.

Announced today, Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper will make his ESSENCE Festival debut joining Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and others as a headliner.

Other new additions include a special reunion performance by No Limit Records featuring Master P, Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk; BJ the Chicago Kid; Daley; Elle Varner; Emily Estefan; Gallant; Kelly Price; Leela James; and Rhonda Ross.

See the full weekend concert lineup below.

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‘SOULQUARIUS’ Brings R&B Greats, Past & Present, to West Coast Fans!

When the flyer for the inaugural SOULQUARIUS Festival in Santa Ana, California dropped in late 2016, R&B lovers everywhere went crazy over the line-up of scheduled performers.  From throwback artists like Jon B. and DMX to current R&B tastemakers such as Ro James, Jhené Aiko, and BJ The Chicago Kid, there was no denying that this event was guaranteed to be a lituation.

Fear of getting rained out and continuous flooding from California’s big storm may have had most on edge but, that didn’t stop ticket holders from coming out in droves to get a taste of what their favorite performers have to offer. Of course, there were a few mishaps along the way (like any huge festival has during their opening year), but SOULQUARIUS — aside from its massive lineup — has plenty of reasons why it should be the R&B festival that you don’t want to miss from here on out.

Delivering a jammed packed mash-up of lovable R&B artists and a few of rap’s most influential, SOULQUARIUS made sure to leave festival enthusiasts with a need to get their coins up for next year.

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