BJ The Chicago Kid Shares ‘Tribute to the Anniversary of Usher’s Confessions’


BJ The Chicago kid always shows love to artists who have inspired him — just check his Instagram page. In honor of the 13th anniversary of Usher’s diamond-selling album, Confessions, BJ has released a mini project called BJTCK: A Tribute To The Anniversary Of Usher’s Confessions.

On the three-track project, BJ covers some of his favorite songs on the album including “Superstar,” “Can U Handle It” and “Simple Things.”

The two R&B artists have a long-standing history as BJ used to be one of Usher’s background vocalists.

Listen to BJTCK: A Tribute To The Anniversary Of Usher’s Confessions below.

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Stream Ledisi’s New Album ‘Let Love Rule’

The fall season is shaping up to be a great one for R&B music, and Ledisi is adding herself to the mix with her new album Let Love Rule.

“This album was one of the hardest I’ve ever worked on,” the 45-year old vocalist said in an interview with Billboard. “We were looking for songs that could stand the test of time. This wasn’t a quickie; it was about great songwriting. I’ve come back to what I love about R&B and also what I love about today’s music.”

She is 4/4 with the music she’s already released ahead of the album: The jazzy (and potential single) “Add to Me,” the soulful “Here,” the vocal-tastic duet with BJ the Chicago Kid “Us 4Ever,” and the trap adjacent lead single “High.”

This is Ledisi’s ninth studio album, and features John Legend, healing guru Iyanla Vanzant, and journalist Soledad O’Brien. “High” reached the Top 10 of the Urban AC chart earlier this month, and currently sits at No. 9.

Stream Let Love Rule in its entirety below and read our review here.


Goapele Shares Video for ‘Stay’ featuring BJ The Chicago Kid

Goapele has released a visual for her BJ The Chicago Kid-assisted single “Stay.” The smokey visual was directed by Sean Alexander.

In an interview with Rated R&B, Goapele explained what inspired the track. “I got to work with BJ The Chicago Kid on it — who I have been wanting to work with for awhile — and we have been trying to figure out how to synergize,” she explained. “A mutual friend, Corn, produced the track and I wanted kind of a hard-hitting song, an 808 love song type of vibe, and it’s kind of how to show us in a relationship.”

“Stay” is lifted from Goapele’s latest EP, Dreamseeker. The EP also includes previously released singles “Power,” “Secret” and the title track.

Watch Goapele’s video for “Stay” below.

BJ The Chicago Kid Joins JBdaPilot on New Song ‘These Days

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from BJ The Chicago Kid. However, the R&B crooner has reemerged on up-and-coming rapper/singer JBdaPilot’s new single “These Days.”

“These days I’m everywhere the money goes / You know I’m everywhere the money goes / I just got a hundred ones, tell em bring a hundred mo’ / And I know it’s coming quick, but just look at how fast the money go,” sings BJ The Chicago Kid.

JBdaPilot exclusively told Rated R&B why he chose to put BJ The Chicago Kid on the track. “It was really a crazy process. I wrote the hook before I had anything else, even the beat,” he revealed. “I never usually do that. By the time it was all recorded, I felt like it was missing something. The more I played it, the more I could hear BJ’s voice  instead of mine. I told myself I wasn’t gonna release the song unless he was on it. As a fan, I knew it wasn’t his typical record, but that’s what made it perfect. When he came to the city for a performance we met at the studio and I played him the record. He laid the vocals on spot, and there you have it.”

“These Days” is lifted from JBdaPilot’s forthcoming project, These Are Dark Times. 

Listen to “These Days” below.