Tuesday, March 1, 2016

BJ The Chicago Kid: Turnin Me Up

31-year-old Bryan James Sledge grew up on the South Side of Chicago, but for more than a decade he has been based in Los Angeles where he quickly built a solid reputation as a vocalist and later as a songwriter before releasing three mix tapes between 2009 and 2011 under his artist name BJ the Chicago Kid. The debut album 'Pineapple Now-laters' followed in 2012 and got him signed to Motown Records. A fourth mix tape M.A.F.E Project dropped in the fall of 2014 and featured Schoolboy Q as one of several guest artists.

This month Motown released his 15-track second studio album 'In My Mind'. Two videos were produced last year to accompany the excellent tracks "The Resume" featuring Big K.R.I.T. as well as "Church" featuring Chance the Rapper and Buddy. But my personal favorite is the third video/final track on the album: a superb tribute to Marvin Gaye entitled "Turnin Me Up" which inspired me to post this very eloquent comment on YouTube: "Sweet muscular Jesus, that shit is TIGHT!"