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.
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.