BJ The Chicago Kid - Biography
BJ the Chicago Kid (born Bryan James Sledge) is an American singer and songwriter who first attracted widespread attention for his appearance on Kanye West's single "Impossible." Early on in his career, BJ performed as a backup singer for gospel group Mary Mary, appeared on Stevie Wonder's A Time to Love, and wrote for Shirley Caesar, Kindred the Family Soul and Lalah Hathaway. He released his debut mixtape, A Taste of Chicago, in 1999. Three years later he self-released his debut studio LP, Pineapple Now-Laters. Motown signed BJ shortly afterwards.
In 2013, he collaborated with Freddie Gibbs and Problem on the track "Smokin' and Ridin'." In 2014, he showed up on ScHoolboy Q's "Studio" single. He has appeared on tracks by David Banner, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, Chance the Rapper, Solange, Common, and Anderson .Paak, to name just a few. His latest LP, In My Mind, hit stores in early 2016.