BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Motown Records’ BJ The Chicago Kid had been putting in work on the R&B front for a good minute, but his name perhaps wasn’t known in the mainstream until his appearance on ScHoolboy Q’s 2014 breakout radio single, “Studio.” From that point on, BJ stepped up his momentum and feature appearances; and in 2016, he released his major label debut, In My Mind.
The album instantly became the R&B project that reminds us there’s still room for old-school loving and grooving music amidst contemporary R&B that drips sex with no feeling. Mind you, BJ has needs like the rest of us – look no further than “Love Inside” and “The Resume” – but he also wore his heart on his sleeve rather than bragged about being heartless. Songs like “Woman’s World,” “Heart Crush,” and “Jeremiah/World Needs More Love” all revive that classic Motown sound. –Bradford Howard