BJ The Chicago Kid has always had a way of bringing the soul to every occasion he can. We last got a dose of his talent earlier this year when he released his Cory Henry-featuring single “Forgot Your Name.” Now, BJ is back on the block and paying tribute to friends he’s lost with his latest song “Liquor Store In The Sky.”
“Liquor Store In The Sky” might be a mournful track, but it has a soulful feel thanks to an interpolation of William Bell’s classic “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” — which is perhaps best known as the sample behind Jaheim’s “Put That Woman First.” Here, the melancholy guitar riff is paired with organ by producers Yeti Beats and Charlie Bereal to bring the somber-yet-tender feel of the lyrics to musical life.
BJ, meanwhile, paints a picture of memories with loved ones who are no longer here. He sings of riding around the block, listening to music and just sharing life together. And though they’re not here physically, the crooner looks forward to the day when they’re together again. “I’ll bust that right and I’ll meet at the / Liquor store in the sky / Oh my, oh my,” he sings on the chorus. “I’ll try my best just meet you at the / Liquor store in the sky / Or until I get my wings and fly.”
Guest rapper Freddie Gibbs hops onto the track with a quick sixteen bars that veer all over the place. Though the concept of his rhymes gets a little off track, he reels them back in by the time his verse ends as BJ hits us with another chorus.
The song, one of BJ’s most soulful offerings yet, should definitely hit home with anyone who would like to have just one more drink with someone who has passed. Listen to the endearing track below, and keep a look out for the new collaborative album from BJ The Chicago Kid and Yeti Beats tentatively scheduled for this summer.