Last night in NYC (Oct. 22), Moët & Chandon joined forces with iconic cultural photographer, Jonathan Mannion, and renowned fashion designer, LaQuan Smith to launch its new Nectar of the Culturecampaign, which celebrates the people, places and moments that continue to push our culture forward.
The exclusive launch drew a cross-section of creative luminaries, including Lil’ Kim, Wale, BJ The Chicago Kid, Mack Wilds, SFPL & iOne Digital‘s own Gabriel Williams and Danielle Herrington, who arrived wearing custom LaQuan Smith attire. These notables and more all gathered for a multi-course pairing dinner prepared by CLEO TV’s own, Celebrity Chef JJ Johnson.
A pillar within culture for over 25 years, Mannion is infamous for having documented “The Golden Era” of hip hop and is now capturing the next generation of pioneers, in what has been dubbed the “Rose Gold Era.” Debuting with New York’s pioneer – Queens-born designer LaQuan Smith – Moët and Mannion will continue to celebrate various pioneers in key cities across the U.S including Atlanta, Miami, LA and Chicago.
Check out more photos below by Lewis Mirrett for Moët & Chandon.
Maroon 5 member and solo artist PJ Morton premiered a lyric video for his song “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid and The HamilTones) on The FADER on Thursday, May 18. The song is one of the singles off of PJ‘s new album, GUMBO. He decided to use this as an opportunity to make a political statement. In the karaoke style lyric video, created by Cinemadona, two police officers are clearly in pursuit of a criminal; and the single includes lyrics discussing police brutality.
Claustrophobic (feat. Pell)
Sticking To My Guns
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid and The Hamiltones)
They Gon’ Wanna Come
Go Thru Your Phone
How Deep Is Your Love
BJ The Chicago Kid & Tiara Thomas connect in celebration of every smoker’s favorite holiday, 4/20! The smooth, mid-tempo entitled “I Be High” finds both vocalists discussing the joys of smoking and making love.
“I Be High” follows a series of recent releases from BJTCK including his tribute to Usher‘s Confessions (BJTCK: A Tribute To The Anniversary Of Usher’s Confessions) and his ode to cuffing season entitled The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The singer/songwriter most recently performed during Coachella weekend and is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to his multi-Grammy nominated debut album, In My Mind.
Grammy-Nominated musician, BJ The Chicago Kid pays homage to one of Pop/R&B music’s biggest stars and albums with his newest project. Entitled BJTCK: A Tribute To The Anniversary Of Usher’s Confessions, BJ covers some of the biggest tracks from Usher’s classic LP, Confessions. Released yesterday on the 13th anniversary of the monumental album, which sold over 10 million copies as well as received three Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Known for his powerful vocals, BJ performs soulful and sometimes stripped down versions of key tracks from Confessions including “Superstar”, “Can U Handle It” and “Simple Things” reminding us of the sultry R&B greatness that was Usher’s fourth studio album. The two R&B artists have a long-standing history as BJ use to serve as one of Usher’s background vocalists. During which the fresh-faced BJ performed on “The Truth Tour”, the 2004 trek was in support of Usher’s Confessions.
Fat Joe and Remy Ma are fresh off announcing the release date for their collaborative album Plata O Plomo, due out February 10.
Today, the Terror Squad duo reveal the artwork and tracklisting for the upcoming effort. The 12-track offering includes this past summer’s banger “All The Way Up,” and features The-Dream, Sevyn Streeter, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, and Kent Jones.
Be on the lookout for the “Money Showers” visual dropping soon and in the meantime peep the tracklisting below.
Plata O Plomo
1. Beast ft. Elley
2. Swear To God ft. Kent Jones
3. Spaghetti ft. Kent Jones
4. All The Way Up ft. French Montana & Infrared
5. How Can I Forget ft. Kent Jones
6. How Long (Interlude)
7. Say Yes ft. Sevyn Streeter & BJ The Chicago Kid
8. Heartbreak ft. The-Dream
9. Cookin’ ft. French Montana & RySoValid
10. Money Showers ft. Ty Dolla $ign
11. Too Quick ft. Kingston
12. Dreaming ft. Stephanie Mills
Cuffing season is upon us and 2017 3x Grammy nominee, BJ The Chicago Kid is delivering the perfect soundtrack for the season. The R&B singer/songwriter has officially released his new mixtape entitled The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The 9-track project features some of BJ’s most soulful and sensual records to date with production from such names as Dre & Vidal (Miguel, Usher, Mariah Carey) and Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Zayn Malik, Janet Jackson). The mixtape features the lead single, “Uncle Marvin,” which the Chicago native debuted a video for yesterday.
2017 3x Grammy nominee, BJ The Chicago Kid has unleashed the dark and moody visual for his track, “Uncle Marvin.” The video directed by Chris Scholar features BJ and his friends enjoying a holiday style house party as well as guest appearances from such artists as Leon Bridges & fellow Motown Records labelmate, Kevin Ross.
Released last week, “Uncle Marvin” will be featured on BJ’s forthcoming mixtape entitled The Lost Files: Cuffing Season. The project will be premiered tomorrow, December 14th exclusively via Solange‘s Saint Heron at 10 am EST. The 8-track mixtape features some of BJ’s most soulful and seductive records to date with production from duo, Dre & Vidal (Miguel, Usher, Mariah Carey). The Grammy nominee discovered the tracks earlier this year on a lost hard drive while moving and decided to put them out as a gift to his fans for supporting him this year!
After receiving 3 Grammy nominations recently, critically acclaimed musician BJ The Chicago Kid returns with his new track entitled “Uncle Marvin” featuring the legendary Marvin Gaye. The track features a sample from Marvin Gaye’s “Cleo’s Apartment” as BJ soulfully thanks his woman for loving him unconditionally.
“Uncle Marvin” concludes what has been a phenomenal 2016 for the R&B/Soul artist that saw the release of his debut album In My Mind, which was praised by such outlets as The New York Times, Stuff Fly People Like, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Los Angeles Times and The FADER among others. In addition to having his songs featured in shows such as HBO‘s Insecure, ABC‘s Quantico and ESPN. The recent announcement of the Grammy nominations saw BJ receive 3 nods including Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.
Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)
The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.
Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”
Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”
An endearing and inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.
Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”
The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.
Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS
Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell
Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak
Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”
Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”
Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé
Song of the Year – Beyoncé
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)
Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”
Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.