While y'all wait for that RSVP link to the NPR Music showcase during the CMJ Music marathon, here’s a brand new jam from B.J. the Chicago Kid. He’s on a bill with Elle Varner, Lia Ices and Cayetana, Oct. 22 @ lprnyc.
Gangsta rap that was once a visceral depiction of a particular way to navigate inner city living — one that demands and rewards brashness and bravado — now has an added layer of feeling and even conscience. Long Beach, Calif., newcomer Boogie is exemplary of this sea change.