BJ the Chicago Kid

Earlier this month, up-and-coming soul singer BJ the Chicago Kid released his excellent Pineapple Now-Laters mixtape via M.A.F.E. Music. Featuring two collaborations with rapper Kendrick Lamar, "The World Is A Ghetto" and "His Pain II," BJ's smooth vocal melodies float effortlessly over fast-handed drum beats and syrupy guitar lines. Much like The Roots, BJ creates an even blend of soul, hip hop, and jazz fronted by socially conscious lyrics. Purchase Pineapple Now-Laters via iTunes. Stream both "The World Is A Ghetto" and "His Pain II" at the bottom of this post.

The Kid has a few upcoming tour dates, one of which is a hometown performance at the Double Door on March 23 with support from fellow Chicagoan Lili K. and her band The Secret Garden. Advance tickets are on sale.

Lili K.

Speaking of Lili K., the jazzy songstress and producer/composer Peter Cottontale released their A Prelude To Hello EP in July and are currently working on a follow up, titled Metal Pedals. Grab A Prelude To Hello for FREE via her website.

Before they open for BJ at the Double Door, Lili K. and The Secret Garden play an AEMMP Records-presented Epitonic Saki Session with Legit and The GTW on March 11. They'll also make their way down to Austin, TX for SXSW 2012.

All known dates and song streams from both artists, below..

BJ the Chicago Kid - "The World Is A Ghetto" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Lili K. - "One Date"

03-04 Santa Monica, CA - Zanzibar w/ Avriel
03-11 Santa Monica, CA - Zanzibar w/ Avriel
03-23 Chicago, IL - Double Door w/ Lili K.
03-11 Chicago, IL - Epitonic Saki Session (FREE)
03-13-18 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-23 Chicago, IL - Double Door w/ BJ the Chicago Kid

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