Joy Denalane Shares Single “I Believe” Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid

Today, new Motown Records signee, the R&B songstress Joy Denalane drops her new single “I Believe (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid),” her first official release in the US off her upcoming album LET YOURSELF BE LOVED. Listen here via Motown Records. Additionally, Joy will perform live tomorrow at 9AM ET / 12PM PT. Tune in here

  “”I Believe” is about being in that safe space where “you being you” is enough and where your loved ones see you for who you are,” says Joy on the meaning of “I Believe.”

On “I Believe” Joy’s airy soul-soaked vocals soar as she sings about falling in love complemented by BJ The Chicago Kid’s wild adlibs and tonality creating a vivacious R&B banger. In unison they belt “For you I’d take a leap of faith cause I believe.” Aside from the duo’s vocal prowess, celebratory trumpets, a convivial choir, and the feeling of inspiration felt throughout the track add more flair. Both artists are staples in the world of R&B. Joy is an international star on the rise hailing from Germany. She has worked with Raekwon, Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Common, Hugh Masakela and more while BJ is a known collaborator to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Anderson Paak. 

Joy’s talent, emotional honesty, the culturally complex story of her life and natural beauty make her an incredibly attractive and versatile artist. Joy is the essence of the modern, global, black woman. She is the daughter of a South African father and a German mother and was born in the divided city of Berlin. Her access to African music and rhythms as well as her love of American soul music made her an enthusiastic follower and participant of the up-and-coming Hip-Hop movement, which found a home in the culturally diverse city of Berlin at an early age. At the same time, she was inspired by singers like Aretha Franklin, Letta M’Bulu and Mary J Blige, who gave her the energy and courage to combine all these musical backgrounds and create her own unique style. She is strong, beautiful, sensitive, a working mother and an ambitious artist. 


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Bobby Hagens Releases ‘Let Me Tell It” ft. BJ The Chicago Kid & Lachai

Maryland artist Bobby Hagens releases his brand new album titled Let Me Tell It. Coming in 12 tracks strong, Bobby details the world view from his lens. From isolation, to growth, to relationship woes—Let Me Tell It is diverse from its launch to landing. From retrospective raps like “In My Way” to bouyant trap anthems like “Bring It Back,” Bobby once again solidifies his rendering in the rap space.

Twitter: @BobbyHagens

Goapele Releases Brand New Video “Stay” Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid

Premiering exclusively on Essence, Goapele releases a video for the romantic single, “Stay” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid. Produced by Cornelio Austinand directed by Sean Alexander, the abstract video follows a lonely Goapeleas she picks up the pieces of a broken mirror, singing “right here’s where you belong with me.” “Stay” is a stand-out track on Goapele’s latest EP, Dreamseeker [EMPIRE/SKYBLAZE], out now.




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BJ the Chicago Kid Joins JB Da Pilot On “These Days”

JBdaPilot is currently prepping for his forthcoming These Are Dark Times project. The last we heard from the Virginia Beach-bred multi-artist was in last year’s smooth “Don’t Worry” single, and in a change of pace, the budding creative releases the more up-tempo “These Days.” Equipped with some vocal assistance from BJ The Chicago Kid, the Bub Ruth-produced loosie won’t live on the talented emcee’s new body of work.
Stream “These Days” after the jump via Hot New Hip Hop and purchase it on iTunes here.


Young RJ feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Issues”

Continuing on the road to his solo-debut, Blaq RoyalT, Slum Village’s Young RJ treats fans to his new single, “Issues,” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid; which was exclusively premiered by Okayplayer.

“Issues” is a creative collaboration between two artists that share a similar artistry and background. The pair previously collaborated together on “Expressive,” which was included on Slum Village’s YES album and the duo link up again as RJ delivers thought provoking lyrics with ‪BJ the Chicago Kid finessing the track with his soulful vocals and paint a picture of our current political climate, inner cities, and of course… personal inner demons. “This collaboration could have not come at a better time” Young RJ commented to Okayplayer. “Given the economic struggles in cities like Detroit and Chicago, current police violence and our current political climate.”

“Issues” is the third single from RJ’s forthcoming, Blaq RoyalT, which is slated to be released on 10-10-17. It follows “Huh?” which was premiered by XXL and “Wait” featuring Pete Rock & Boldy James which was premiered by Mass Appeal and the video for “Wait” which featured a rare appearance from both of J Dilla’s daughters and was premiered by Hiphopdx.

As always, Young RJ is setting the bar high for himself and the artists which will appear on Blaq RoyalT (BJ The Chicago Kid, Pete Rock, Boldy James, De La Soul, Lucas Joyner etc) and creating his own undeniable wave.


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