This #FlightFriday features two budding artists taking off out of Chitown. Rapper Vic Mensa and singer, songwriter BJ the Chicago Kid are heating up the Chicago music scene and their careers with tours.
Mensa released his first full length project in three years, There’s A Lot Going On, in June, garnering new listeners and praise. Though Mensa’s tour is comprised of only eleven performances in ten cities, it will likely accelerate his path to stardom. Mensa’s seven track E.P. is packed with an array of themes and deep emotions. The expansive motifs give multiple lines for audience members to relate to, while the emotional depth and personal content will give the performances a sense of intimacy, fostering a connection between Mensa and the audience. Zoe from BallisticSounds saw Mensa do a special performance directly following the release of the EP and describes the live experience of being a part of his emotional journey as engaging and unpredictable.
BJ the Chicago Kid’s tour begins tonight in his beloved Chicago. Though BJ’s latest release was several months ago, this tour will incite excitement and position the artist for takeoff. Unlike Mensa, BJ is on tour for the long haul. Chicago is only the beginning; BJ will be hitting 31 different cities in 8 different countries. The scope of this tour will help BJ’s following takeoff and extend into international territory. Though BJ likes to pay homage to his city, his soothing R&B voice and accessible content has the potential to attract a wide audience hailing from places across the globe.
Written by: Shayla Haris