BJ The Chicago Kid Shows Up, Out & Off On NPR Music’s ‘Tiny Desk’

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BJ The Chicago Kid‘s D.C. show on The 1123 Tour may have gotten canceled at the last minute, but he did make it to the Nation’s Capital for another performance. The soulful R&B crooner was present and accounted for at NPR’s headquarters to tape a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music, and he decided to go all out.

Artists who perform on Tiny Desk typically sing about three to four songs and keep it moving, but BJ decided to put a little extra Harold’s Chicken mild sauce on his show. During his time on the mic, BJ sang a whopping nine songs for his 17-minute set. Backed by a five-piece band – Tony “Rico” Nichols on drums, Jairus “Jmo” Mozee on guitar, Joe Cleveland on bass, Delvin Brumfield on keys and Peter Lee John on violin – BJTCK sang tracks from his deep, dope catalog. To kick things off, he rolled the clock back to his Pineapple Now-Laters days with a trio of songs, “East Side High 2012 & Forever,” “Good Luv’n” and “Aiight.” From there, he jumped into tracks from his debut album In My Mind, performing “Church,” “Love Inside” and “Turnin’ Me Up.” To finish things off, he treated the in-office audience to tracks from his latest set 1123, singing “Get Away,” “Can’t Wait” and “Too Good.” Although he didn’t sing full versions of his songs, BJ’s nine-song medley was just enough to get viewers caught up in his rapture and the smooth transitions from one song into the next were very well done, making this feel like a real-live concert.

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BJ The Chicago Kid showed up, showed out and showed off at Tiny Desk, and we’re glad that he got to show more people his undeniable skills.

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