Bryan James Sledge, better known by his stage name BJ the Chicago Kid (or simply BJ), is an American singer-songwriter fromChicago, Illinois. Sledge is perhaps best known for frequently collaborating with Top Dawg Entertainment recording artists Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. He has also worked with other prominent rappers such as Kanye West, Warren G,Freddie Gibbs, Big K.R.I.T. and GLC, among numerous others.
Sledge's first work in the industry was on a Dave Hollister record in 2001, titled "For You", which he co-wrote alongside Gerald Haddon. Sledge's vocals were first featured on a high-profile single in 2006, which is a song by Chicago-bred rapper Kanye West titled "Impossible", that also features Twista and Keyshia Cole, released in promotion for the 2006 American action spy film Mission: Impossible III. He independently released his debut studio album Pineapple Now-Laters, in February 2012. Sledge subsequently secured a recording contract with Motown, in August 2012. The label then serviced the Pineapple Now-Laters song "Good Luv'n", as Sledge's commercial debut single.