BJ The Chicago Kid Celebrates D’Angelo On A Special Anniversary (Audio)

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BJ The Chicago Kid has stepped into the role of one of Motown Records’ biggest male soloists. While the Illinois native’s albums have been lower-key in the case of 2012’s Pineapple Now-Laters, he is gearing up for a hefty 2016 care of In My Mind.

Meanwhile, as BJ’s discography is a product of the Internet era, the crooner has worked on acclaimed, charting albums by Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, ScHoolboy Q, and now Dr. Dre.

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In the opening days of 2016, BJ The Chicago Kid honors one of his biggest inspirations: D’Angelo. “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” released 16 years ago yesterday. The lead in to Voodoo was surrounded with a famous music video and the Virginian’s sole #1 LP.

In an eight-and-a-half minute medley, BJ covers “Untitled” with two other cuts from D’Angelo: “She’s Always In My Hair” (a Prince song, originally), and another video single, “Send It On.”

Previously, BJ has covered an array of artists, from Kanye West, James Brown, and Aaliyah. Do these homages promote discourse and promotion for BJ at once?

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