PART 1: BJ The Chicago Kid Talks Success, Tributes & Solange Collab w/ HHW!
A lot has changed for BJ The Chicago Kid since releasing his debut album, In My Mind. Along with the album’s success, BJ has been nominated for a Grammy, wrote the title song for Fox’s hit show “Shots Fired” and is currently working on new music. Hip Hop Weekly’s KimSoMajor caught up with the young star for a quick chat on how his life has changed over the past year.
KimSoMajor: It’s been almost two years since the first time I’ve talked to you. It was four months prior to you releasing In My Mind and I know you’ve grown so much. How do you think your music career has changed from them to now?
BJ The Chicago Kid: A lot more people know about the music now, which is a blessing. That’s of course a part of what we wish for when we do it. Timewise, creative wise.. everything pretty much has changed, for the better though.
KSM: What has influenced the growth in your music?
BJ: Just me wanting to be better every day. That’s the pact I have with myself before being in front of a microphone or people or anything. The desire to be great at what I do.
KSM: You recently came out with a tribute to Usher’s Confessions with your own EP. What prompted you to do that outside of previously singing backgrounds for him?
BJ: We did a D’Angelo one not too far back. That’s what we do for people that we rock with. We love giving people their flowers.
KSM: Yeah, you’ve done D’Angelo and a few others.
BJ: Yeah, it just follows in the same regime as that. We’re just doing what we’re good at, what we’re best at and extending that. No magic tricks! (laughs.)
KSM: OK, let’s take it 20 years from now. Who do you see right now that you might do a tribute to? You’ve done James Brown, Aaliyah, Blackstreet, D’Angelo, now Usher. Who could be worthy in 20 years?
BJ: I hope I’m worthy! I ain’t really trying to do that in 20 years. If you really understand what’s going on with my life and what’s going on, I hope you would see that someone would be doing that for me.
KSM: You also collaborated with Solange, can you talk about how the “For Us Buy Us (F.U.B.U)” collaboration came about creatively?
BJ: She reached out to us. We were already fans of each other [and were] trying to reach out to each other for some time, but it kind of finally linked at the right time. I was actually happy to be a part of that project. She worked very, very hard on that project. When I went in there and got a chance to vibe with her for the first time I got a chance to see the real look in her eyes and the focus and the passion she wanted to convey through that project and she definitely got it done.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE IN PART II OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH BJ THE CHICAGO KID