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BJ The Chicago Kid Performs “Electric Feel” Cover In-Studio

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Early fans of BJ The Chicago Kid should be familiar with his soulful cover of MGMT’s “Electric Feel,” which he originally released on his 2011 mixtape ‘Life of Love’s Cupid.’ Now, 4 years later his label Motown Records have released a short black-and-white video of him and his rhythm section performing the acoustic cover.

After his successful collaborative single “Studio” with SchoolBoy Q last year, BJ released his latest mixtape ‘The M.A.F.E. Project.’ He is currently prepping for the release of his anticipated debut album, slated to be released this year via Motown.

Check out his performance video below!

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New Music: Kehlani feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Down For You

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Wasting no time bringing us another taste of her upcoming mixtape, Kehlani surprises fans with her anticipated collaboration with BJ The Chicago Kid.

Titled “Down For You,” the rising singers bring their talents together for a tale of love and devotion. On the track, BJ must come to his senses and realize that he has the real one at home, as they join in harmony and sing about a love that can’t be broken.

“We can go to the movies, maybe we can hang out / Whatever you want to do, cause I’m down for it, I’m down for you,” they sing.

Kehlani’s new mixtape ‘You Should Be Here‘ is due out at the end of April.

Take a listen to two of our favorite up and coming artists team up below:

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ThisisRnB Nights: Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid, & Ro James Perform at Highline Ballroom (NYC)

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On another bitter cold night in NYC, Highline Ballroom provided plenty of heat for R&B fans on Wednesday.  As the first show on their mini tour, Luke James and BJ the Chicago Kid brought their soulful talents to the stage, and delivered riveting sets for the packed crowd.

Expected on the bill, but due to illness rising singer George Tandy Jr. was unable to perform. As the stand alone opening act, NYC native and buzz-worthy singer/songwriter, Ro James, delighted the crowd, of previous fans and new, with his unique tone and charisma.

BJ was up next, and he went right into his set with covers and originals, including his buzzed about remake of Fabolous and Jeremih’s “Thim Slick.” Promoting his recently released mixtape “The M.A.F.E. Project,” BJ showed why he is one of R&B/Soul’s most exciting up and comers with his song, “Soul of a Woman,” and in closing he had the crowd singing along to his Grammy nominated collaboration with SchoolBoy Q, “Studio.”

Anyone that’s been to a Luke James show knows that he is one of the best in the business live, right up against veterans, the 2x Grammy nominated crooner exudes poise and showmanship. Opening with uptempos from his self-titled debut album, including “Love XYZ” and “Dancing In The Dark,” Luke performed many of his album cuts for the first time and past fan favorites from his previous EPs.

Some of his standout moments came from covers as well, including a new hard knocking remake of “Sexual Healing,” which he segued into a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s club hit “No Type,” sending the crowd into full turn-up mode. He surprised with a cover of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish,” and debuted his brand new song “Bad News.” Proving why his records resonate so well with fans, Luke delivered an outstanding live version of his single “Exit Wounds,” getting the whole audience to put their middle finger in the air and scream ‘F U’ to anyone who ever broke their heart. He closed with his Grammy nominated songs “Options,” and the now classic “I Want You.”

Another great night for R&B in NYC. Check out our exclusive photo recap below!

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BJ The Chicago Kid Releases ‘Belly’ Concept Video for “Strawberry Bubblegum”

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BJ The Chicago Kid finds inspiration everywhere, and for his latest video release he has done something unexpected with his sultry song “Strawberry Bubblegum.”

Cutting scenes from Hype Williams’ seminal movie Belly to create a different story, the One Take TV and Davy Greenberg project gives the movie a new look, and almost modern feel.

BJ’s soulful vocals are found to be a perfect match for the vivid cinematography, but the video itself is a great piece of nostalgia for one of hip-hop’s most revered films.

In addition, BJ recently broke down his new EP ‘The M.A.F.E. Project‘ track-by-track for HypeTrak. Check out both vids below:

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ThisisRnB Presents: Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014

 Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014

Y’all thought we forgot, huh? Although a little time has passed since 2014 ended, we couldn’t leave you without a recap of the year’s finest. Indeed, 2015 has already kicked off to a great start, but last year saw some of R&B’s most talented artists drop great pieces of work. While many of the best mixtapes or EPs came from new and growing artists in the genre, that doesn’t mean they didn’t put out work that parallels the veterans. Some, that we are proud to say, produced better material than artists who delivered full length projects last year.

While 2013 had us screaming the praises of Sevyn Streeter and Jhené Aiko, made us fall in love with Maxine Ashley and Tinashe, and let us know that Adrian Marcel was what the industry had been missing, it was last year that really solidified the fact that the new class of R&B artists are playing no games.

Doing our job to keep you up on the music that deserves to be heard, our “Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014” list will either remind you, intrigue you, or wake you the hell up and let you know how much you’ve slept on some of the most talented emerging artists of the year.

So, moonwalk back to last year and press play on the “Top 10 R&B Mixtapes of 2014″ below!

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New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. J. Ivy – Where I’m From

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It’s clear BJ The Chicago Kid has strong feelings and devotion for his hometown, you don’t use your city in your name if you don’t, but now the soulful crooner shares a direct dedication to Chi-Town with “Where I’m From.”

Borrowing from the incomparable Anthony Hamilton’s famous single “Comin From Where I’m From,” and teaming up with Chicago poet J. Ivy, BJ chronicles his early years growing up in the Chi using Hamilton’s template.

The soulful song is lifted from the upcoming mixtape Lead Never Follow from Chicago men’s clothing store Leaders 1354, set for release early 2015.

Take a listen below!

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Video: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Schoolboy Q – ‘It’s True’

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Known and loved for his gritty, soulful vocals BJ the Chicago Kid flexes his rap skills to get a strong message across on his new song “It’s True” featuring Schoolboy Q. The two artists reunite since topping the charts with Q’s hit single “Studio,” which recently received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

The song was initially a hidden track on BJ’s new EP The M.A.F.E. Project, however demand for the track has been so high, it has resulted in organic radio spins from outlets like SiriusXM. On the song BJ delivers heartfelt and emotive lyrics about how delicate life can be, through a chopped-and- screwed spoken word style.

“I was initially very nervous playing the track for SchoolBoy Q,” BJ told The FADER. “This track is something that is very personal to me. It is a PSA. Its mission is to let people know that you do not have to be involved in gang like activity to be affected by it, to be hurt or killed by it. This life is real and can hurt the most innocent of people. When SchoolBoy heard it for the first time he loved it. When he got in the booth we created magic once again.”

Now, officially releasing the song as a single, the duo bring the record to life with a stunning visual set in Chicago, showing some of BJ’s stomping grounds and even the famed Harold’s Chicken Shack.

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List: The Best of November – Top 12 Records

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It’s the week after Thanksgiving and along with the extra weight that we have to drop from over eating, it’s time for another monthly list! Fresh off of the infamous “leftover” weekend, we’re one step closer to closing out 2014 and embarking on a well-anticipated 2015. Coming off of a slow month for music in October, we’re back with some tunes for you to rock with while burning off the pounds from your plates.

Between keeping it real and funk’n you up to smackin’ it in the air, this month had many contributions from artists that we were surprised to hear from. Breaking the internet a few times this month, November’s pickings will find you still giving your thanks for good music.

Ready to dance off all of that Thanksgiving stuffing? Press play and get into our “Best of November – Top 12 Records” list below!

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