BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2016 Ratings: #88 / 763
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2016 Ratings: #489
February 19, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Motown / Label
R&B, Neo-Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

In an industry where the idea of a meritocracy is as foreign as a retirement plan, Bryan James has achieved the near impossible. In My Mind is the most earnest soul album in years.

84
HipHopDX
Much like his subdued persona in the media and social world, BJ has put forth a project that speaks louder than any other outlier that dictates what rides the trend. A true soulful artist wouldn't have it any other way. A R&B maestro would actually demand it.
80
AllMusic

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.

76
Pitchfork

Sledge is a very straightforward lyricist; he doesn't stunt, he yearns. His lyrics favor plainspoken confessions over catchy turns of phrase, and when the album falters, it's because his words reduce a pair of lovers to their mouths and hands.

67
Consequence of Sound

The tempos, production choices, and delivery lack the minor variations that would make the album exciting rather than merely pleasant.

Z.Younk
70
Actually very solid from an artist who struggles to find his own wave on solo projects, but absolutely kills features.
lemuriams
86
Turnin' Me Up, Shine

This album is brilliant
Greatr
78
I was looking forward to this album, especially because of the singles that were released in the weeks leading up to it. All of the hype-builders seemed to serve just that purpose, so going into this, I had very high hopes. What I didn't realize was that when it came out, literally half of the album was already revealed. Not only do I prefer a bigger surprise, but I wasn't crazy about The Resume especially to begin with. This song is extremely repetitive, and at six minutes long, is an absolute ... read more
BuffaloStaple
59
a little long, but overall it's pretty sweet

edit: nah it's boring
85
Excellent project.
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#35/Gaffa (Norway)

Track List

  1. Intro (Inside My Mind)
  2. Man Down (feat. Buddy & Constantine)
  3. Church (feat. Chance The Rapper & Buddy)
  4. Love Inside (feat. Isabella)
  5. The Resume (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
  6. Shine
  7. Wait Til the Morning (feat. Isa)
  8. Heart Crush
  9. Jeremiah/World Needs More Love (feat. Eric Ingram)
  10. The New Cupid (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  11. Woman's World
  12. Crazy
  13. Home
  14. Falling On My Face
  15. Turnin' Me Up
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Added on: January 26, 2016