In 2001, BJ began his career singing background for artists like Mary J. Blige, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott.
He dropped his debut album P I N E A P P L E N O W- L A T E R S [Explicit], which allows listeners to escape into beautiful, spirit-stirring soundscapes and transcending vocals.
BJ’s diverse audience of listeners can see the similarities between him and his fellow Motown label mate and idol, Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye has one of the best voices of all time among Motown's lengthy list of epic artists. But as BJ joins the long list of artists that have signed with Motown and a positive cosign from legendary Berry Gordy, you know he's on his way to be legendary too!
The two Chicago natives came together on this unforgettable track, BJ the Chicago Kid is featured on Kanye West’s song “Impossible,” which was featured in the movie "Mission: Impossible III." A huge feat for such a young artist in the game!
ScHoolboy Q drops the music video for "Studio" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid. The video garners over 39 million views and a Grammy nomination.
The hip hop crooner didn't disappoint with this Chi-town collab. "Church" featuring Chance the Rapper is a perfect blend of southern gospel with a message that speaks to the spirit but still connects to the culture. It's not easy navigating through love, life and relationships while trying to maintain your faith and that's exactly what BJ describes.
Living in the very colorful generation, BJ finds his voice to drive a different message to the people than what's being preached now. Although he still comes from the hard streets of Chicago, he's understands his purpose in this world and knows what he has to do to convey that to everyone.
He performed for a crowd of almost 2,000 audience members at VIBE’s SXSW showcase, proving that he's an awesome performer.
Common invites BJ the Chicago Kid to perform "Black America Again" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The performance was incredible to say the least, with the Roots band performing as well, it was definitely a momumental moment for black people everywhere.
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