How Will BJ the Chicago Kid Be Remembered?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  BJ The Chicago Kid performs on Stage during the Music Choice Presents: Sound Check Sessions With Sevyn Streeter at El Rey Theatre on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Music Choice)

How Will BJ the Chicago Kid Be Remembered?

BJ the Chicago Kid is gonna be a huge star!

PUBLISHED ON : NOVEMBER 3, 2016 / 09:42 AM

  1. Background Vocals

    In 2001, BJ began his career singing background for artists like Mary J. Blige, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott.

  2. Debut Moment

    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 the Chicago Kid Pinapple Now-laters album artwork (Photo: M.A.F.E. Music LLC)
    (Photo: M.A.F.E Music LLC)
  3. A Touch of Marvin Gaye

    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!

    Happy Birthday To The Great... Mr. Marvin Gaye. aka #UncleMarvin #IMM #foreverlegendary #MotownLegacy

    A video posted by B.J. The Chicago Kid (@bjthechicagokid) on

  4. Mission Impossible Just Became Possible

    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!

    IRVINE, CA - MAY 06:  Rapper/producer Kanye West performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS-FM's Wango Tango 2006 concert held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 6, 2006 in Irvine, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  5. Studio [NSFW]

    ScHoolboy Q drops the music video for "Studio" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid. The video garners over 39 million views and a Grammy nomination.

    Schoolboy Q â  Studioâ   music video still (Photo: Top Dawg Entertainment)
    (Photo: Top Dawg Entertainment)
  6. Church Tings

    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.

  7. Purpose Driven

    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.

    Seattle Thank You For A Sold Out Show Tonight... see yall @ the Crocodile. #INMYMINDWORLDTOUR

    A photo posted by B.J. The Chicago Kid (@bjthechicagokid) on

  8. SXSW Showcase

    He performed for a crowd of almost 2,000 audience members at VIBE’s SXSW showcase, proving that he's an awesome performer.

    Thanks for having me @vibemagazine. I've always been a huge fan of the mag, so this was a big moment for me. #SXSW #IMM

    A video posted by B.J. The Chicago Kid (@bjthechicagokid) on

  9. At the Tonight Show

    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.

    Don't forget to tune in to the @JimmyFallon Show tonight. Rocking w/my bro @Common #SouthSideSurvivors

    A photo posted by B.J. The Chicago Kid (@bjthechicagokid) on

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Music Choice)


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