In My Mind

In My Mind

by BJ the Chicago KidBJ the Chicago Kid


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Bryan James Sledge's first proper album has been a long time coming -- well over a decade, by one measure. He made a somewhat inconspicuous entry during the early 2000s, singing backup for Mary Mary, appearing on Stevie Wonder's A Time to Love, and writing songs for gospel and R&B artists. He continued to operate in the church and on the streets; the same year "A City Called Heaven," written with brother Aaron, was recorded by Shirley Caesar, he appeared on Kendrick Lamar's "Faith." Motown signed Sledge in 2012 and quickly issued a highlight from his self-released Pineapple Now-Laters. For a few years, however, their new artist was more visible as a guest on high-charting albums like Oxymoron, Woman, and Compton. Those who wanted Sledge to shine on his own had their frustration compounded by a concurrent string of headlining singles. Though the releases were strong, each one featured a rapper and generated no commercial momentum. In My Mind, released almost four years after the Motown deal was struck, contains the 2015 A-sides and is constricted somewhat by a succession of guest verses. Granted, those verses come from the complementary likes of Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Big K.R.I.T. More crucially, Sledge and his behind-the-scenes associates, siblings Aaron and Scooter included, ably mix old-school soul and gospel with contemporary touches that never verge on the detached, inebriated sounds that occupy commercial radio playlists. In fact, Sledge tauntingly dismisses that element of his genre, as he sings with sweetened swagger over a Raphael Saadiq retro-soul nugget, "Cupid's too busy in the club, at the bar, rollin' up," and he follows that with a heartfelt ballad that honors women more convincingly than anything on R. Kelly's Love Letter. Though he certainly has a bad boy streak, Sledge is no man-child, neither sounding like one nor writing from that perspective, whether he's testifying to his woman or conveying the conflict of being pulled by vices and faith. Crowded and long overdue as it is, In My Mind is a satisfying and mature showcase for one of the most skilled and creative talents in R&B. [In My Mind was also released in a clean version that removed the album's explicit content.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2016
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602547476296
catalogNumber: 002406702
Rank: 179442

Album Credits

Performance Credits

BJ the Chicago Kid   Primary Artist,Drums,Background Vocals
Rex Rideout   Piano
Craig Brockman   Piano
Matt Jones   Strings
Kevin Randolph   Organ,fender rhodes
Cornelio Austin   Piano,Keyboards
David Haddon   Drums
DJ Reflex   Piano,Keyboards
Matt Edwards   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Eric Ingram   Bass
Regiment   Horn
PJ Morton   Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Constantine   Vocals
Scooter Sledge   Percussion
Aaron Camper   Vocals
Aaron Sledge   Background Vocals
Uncle Chucc   Vocals
Marcus Kincy   Keyboards
Buddy   Vocals
Jairus Mozee   Bass,Guitar,Soloist
Uncle Dave   Guitar
Rumeal Eggleston   Bass
Isac Elliot   Vocals
Jeff Villaluna   Guitar
Amaire Johnson   Piano
Mike & Keys   Keyboards
Sean Cooper   Keyboards
Calvin Frazier   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Engineer
John Wesley   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Loren Hill   Composer
Lamar Edwards   Composer
Cornelio Austin   Composer,Programming,Producer
David Haddon   Composer,Producer
Aaron Bennett   Composer
DJ Reflex   Programming,Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer
Michael Barney   Composer
DJ Khalil   Producer
Matt Edwards   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eric Ingram   Composer
Aaron Renner   Composer,Producer
Sam Barsh   Composer
PJ Morton   Composer
Paul Moore   Creative Services Director
Richard Shelton   Composer
Ethiopia Habtemariam   Executive Producer
District 9   Producer
Anthony Jaramillo   Composer
Jennie Boddy   Publicity
Da Internz   Producer
Joe Syring   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Sledge   Composer,Vocal Producer
Marcos Palacios   Composer
Bryan Sledge   Composer
Chris "THX" Goodman   Composer
Monte Neuble   Composer
Tim Stewart   Composer
Ernest Clark   Composer
BJ the Chicago Kid   Producer
Marcus Kincy   Composer,Additional Production
Aaron Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Vocal Engineer
Justin Scott   Composer
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
Jairus Mozee   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Uncle Dave   Producer
John Groover   Composer
Daniel Tannenbaum   Composer
Demario Bridges   Composer
Steve Olmon   Engineer
Michael Cox   Composer
Jazz Sommers   Engineer
Chancelor Bennett   Composer
Mike & Keys   Programming,Producer
Lamar "Myguymars" Edwards   Producer,Instrumentation
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer
Simmie Sims   Composer
Mario Bridges   Composer
Elton Chung   Engineer
Sean Cooper   Composer,Programming,Producer
Isabelle Chiappini   Composer,Contributor
Richard Sledge   Composer
Young Astronauts   Art Direction
Joakima "Tha Wifey" Lynch   Contributor
Dead Dilly   Art Direction
Casey Billingsley   Creative Services Director

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