The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas
November 27th, 2015
Chicago bred singer-songwriter Bryan James Sledge, more commonly known as BJ The Chicago Kid, has been progressively fermenting his legacy in the music industry since the early 2000’s, and is showing no signs of slowing down. With humble beginnings of being raised on the South Side, singing hymnals in the church choir at an early age, to following his dreams to Los Angeles, to eventually providing backup vocals and composing songs with/for some of the biggest gospel and neo soul names to date, the R&B vocalist has kept himself consistently occupied over the years. He’s recently become especially renowned for his numerous collaborations on projects with Top Dawg Entertainment lablemates Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q, as well as working closely with a plethora of prominent rappers, such as Kanye West, Freddie Gibbs, Chance The Rapper, Dom Kennedy and Warren G to name a few. As a Motown representative and forerunner, Sledge has remained true to his sultry, soulful song methods and unique sound, pinning him as a true beacon of substantial down-home talent within our generation’s realm of composition. You’ve probably even heard the crooner’s voice numerous times and never realized it, as he’s been punctuating tune choruses with his classic vocals for quite some time, such as Kanye West’s “Impossible,” ScHool Boy Q’s Grammy-Nominated “Studio.” We were fortunate enough to catch wind of his show in Dallas, Texas as he opened for Big K.R.I.T.’s “KRITically Acclaimed Tour,” and were simply blown away by his moving performance. As he prepares for his long awaited first studio album with Motown to be released next year, entitled In My Mind, Sledge gives us a taste of what’s to come.
Sledge’s DJ revved up the audience before he took the stage, shocking them with an intensely explosive drum solo that shook the walls. He then switched gears completely, and began to serenade the crowd in his signature, buttery tone with the heartfelt lyrics to “Good Luv’n.” About halfway through his set, he energetically transitioned into his current single, “Church,” a record that perfectly depicts the everyday struggle of Sledge’s internal conflict with faith and the temptations of the industry. He closed out with choruses to some familiar tunes, such as smash hit, “Studio,” even going acapella to show off his crooning abilities.
For Bj The Chicago Kid, it’s been a long time coming, and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches his full potential as a prominent frontman on the airwaves, if he so chooses. It’s his moment to shine as the next big thing, and we’re sure that he’ll do just that with his next full length project, In My Mind, which is set to be released in early 2016. As Sledge tours with Big K.R.I.T. throughout the nation, we know he’ll continue taking his fans to “Church” by commemorating a memorable experience that represents what it means to be resilient in the wake of today’s trying times.
Also Photographed: Big K.R.I.T., KRITICALLY Acclaimed Tour.