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BJ The Chicago Kid & Anderson .Paak Cover VIBE Magazine

BJ & Anderson VIBE Cover

The times they are a changin’…

For the better too. Making a statement with their brand new issue, VIBE magazine features buzzing soul singer BJ The Chicago Kid and breakout multi-talent Anderson .Paak on their August 2016 cover.

During their featurette interviews, both artists delve into their past, lengthy musical journeys, state of mainstream music today, and much more.

“You cannot have black music without something soulful in it, whether it’s lyrically, how it’s performed or how it’s expressed,” BJ said. “That’s what we do. People run from that. I run to it. I don’t know what neo-soul is. You can’t call something that’s old ‘retro’ and still old. No, n***a, it’s old. Don’t strip it from its value.”

In addition to BJ and Paak, the cover also gives some shine to Ro James, claiming the New York based singer “is next.”

Check out their photo shoots below, and read the full cover stories here and here.

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Anderson .Paak Releases Medley Video for “The Season / Carry Me” & “The Waters” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

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Most artists are content with dropping just a single music video for individual songs. Leave it to Anderson .Paak to drop a three-in-one set of visuals in his latest release.

The 2016 R&B Rookie of the Year in the making, brings together “The Season / Carry Me” and “The Waters,” from his critically acclaimed sophomore album Malibu, in a brand new music video, which merges the three songs yet also tells a very clever narrative.

Co-directed by Paak himself and Chris Le, the visuals use a sort of clip art/collage effect, depicting Paak waking up in his house and initially going through a variety of odd jobs, from farming, to serving food in a soup kitchen – “Hell’s Kitchen,” at that, complete with demonic figures – to even being a security guard. But then Anderson falls into a dream sequence whereby he runs into the Timan Family baptizing others and engaging in praise and worship by the water. When Paak himself decides to be baptized, he’s taken over by “The Waters” and briefly joined by BJ The Chicago Kid as he’s submerged. It’s an artsy, creative set of visuals – one that matches the equally artsy, outside-of-the-box singer perfectly.

Watch the “Malibu Medley” video for Anderson .Paak’s “The Season/Carry Me/The Waters” down below. Paak’s Malibu album is currently out now.

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PressPlay: Motown x ThisisRnB: ‘The New Definition of Soul’ (Playlist)

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Good morn or evening friends / Here’s your friendly announcer / I have serious news to pass on to everybody / What I’m about to say, could mean the world’s disaster / Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain / It’s that, love’s in need of love today / Don’t delay, send yours in right away / Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts / Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.”

The opening lyrics from Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today,” off his classic album, Songs In The Key of Life, are just as poignant today as they were in 1976. The iconic singer/songwriter/musician has given us enough timeless music to last his life, and many more to come. That album is only one classic from the vast catalog created by Motown Records, since it’s inception in 1959 (originally as Tamla Records). The famed and legendary label, launched by Berry Gordy, has more than left its mark on music forever. Whether you grew up listening to the many hits and legendary artists who came out of Motown, or to any of the younger generations who have been inspired by those artists, the label has been in all of our lives.

Still thriving today as a hub for great R&B and Soul music, the label continues to discover, nurture, and bring to the world outstanding musical talent. With the intention to continue its legacy in today’s era, the label has been building a new roster of artists that they feel embody the authenticity, creativity, and raw artistry that helped create and sustain the Motown name. A roster that already includes such names as Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, and Kem, to breakout singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and exciting newcomers like Jadagrace, Sebastian Kole, JMSDVS, Malachiae, Mila J, Kevin Ross and more!

We recently teamed up with Motown on this idea, and we are honored to continue working with the iconic label to help spread the word about their newest roster of artists. For your listening pleasure, we have curated a brand new playlist, of some of the latest singles and standout releases, by the new Motown – The New Definition of Soul.

Stream the playlist below via Spotify or YouTube.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Performs on ‘1 Mic 1 Take’ Live at Capitol Studios

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Alright BJ, ALRIGHT!

Soulful crooner BJ The Chicago Kid recently performed a special, intimate session at Capitol Records studio for their dope “1 Mic 1 Take” series. Recorded for audio and video, the Motown Records star has now shared the first two clips, of his outstanding performance, with stripped down versions of singles, “Turnin’ Me Up” and “Woman’s World.”

Delving right into the groovy gems, off his stellar Motown Records debut, In My Mind, the Chi-Town native and his band got the vibe feelin’ oh so right.

You don’t want to miss this one. Check it out below, along with the full 3-song session via Spotify.

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Listen to Marvin Gaye’s Posthumous “What’s Going On” Duet With BJ the Chicago Kid

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Motown Records has released a special 10” vinyl EP of Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On in celebration of the classic albums 45th anniversary.

The EP features the original 7” mono single versions of “What’s Going On” and “God Is Love,” as well as two “Motown: Re-imagined” versions of the title track: a unplugged “Coffeehouse Mix,” and a posthumous duet with Motown signee BJ the Chicago Kid.

“Singing alongside Marvin Gaye is truly a dream come true for me. Uncle Marvin is, and will always be one of the greatest,” BJ told Pitchfork. “This collaboration also solidifies why I’m here in a time when it is proving to be more difficult for artists to find outlets for music with live vocals and live instrumentation. Marvin Gaye wasn’t only the standard for R&B, he also made a huge impact on pop music & pop culture. Long live R&B.”

Take a listen to the new duet version of “What’s Going On” below, and you can purchase the EP here.

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BJ The Chicago Kid Performs at YouTube Music Foundry

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BJ The Chicago Kid was one of the first artists to be chosen to give a special performance for the YouTube Music Foundry.

The streaming video giant launched their ‘Foundry’ initiative in the spring of 2016 to give rising artists a platform to showcase their talent and continue developing their presence on YouTube.

The Motown Records signee performed two tracks off his acclaimed debut album In My Mind. Backed by only a single guitar player and a DJ, BJ delivered more noteworthy renditions of “Turnin Me On” and “Heart Crush.”

Check it out below.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Touching “Woman’s World” Video

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BJ The Chicago Kid has been killing it with his latest visuals!

With Mother’s Day just passing, the R&B crooner unveils the video for his soulful, empowering song “Woman’s World,” off his stellar Motown Records debut album In My Mind.

The video contains an extremely special moment for the singer/songwriter, who invited his mother out to Los Angeles for a private performance of the song, which was filmed for this video.

Suited up, and backed by two violinists, BJ puts his all into the lyrics giving one of his most emotional performances, one that is clearly seen as he joins his mother in a tearful embrace at the end.

Watch the touching moment below!

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Watch: Jhene Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid Perform at ‘Boiler Room’ Live

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On April 13th, 2016 at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, Ray-Ban x Boiler Room unveiled the first set of a monthly party series titled “Open Your Heart.” The event is described as, “an evening of intimate musical connections curated by LA-based collective Soulection,” the show included performances by Jhené Aiko, Kali Uchis, BJ the Chicago Kid, and DJ sets from Soulection DJs.

Both singers captivated the packed crowd. During Jhené’s set she performed “Eternal Sunshine” and also covered John Mayer’s “Stop This Train.”

BJ gave the audience even more with his 30 minute set of past and present fan favorites, including tracks off his stellar debut album In My Mind, as well as a some acoustic covers such as Usher’s “Nice & Slow.”

Check out both performances below!

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