16 years ago, D’Angelo released “Untitled (How Does it Feel),” one of the greatest R&B songs ever created. In many ways, BJ the Chicago Kid is D’Angelo’s spiritual predecessor, bringing back some of the warm soul and crooning harmonies that have been missing for too long. Where D’Angelo had rappers like Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def, and Kweli, BJ has been essential in the come ups of artists like Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$.
In this new EP, he tributes his inspiration, covering 3 D’Angelo classics, “Always in My Hair,” “Send it On,” and of course “Untitled.” In a press release on the new project, BJ explains his motivation behind covering D’Angelo — “His musicality is beyond this world. I had to celebrate his genius by paying homage to his legacy while he continues to kill the game and make great music. It’s a new year and there’s no better way to start it off than taking it back to where it all began for me. This is real soul/R&B.”