When singer/songwriter H.E.R. first dropped her EP I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, the song “Could’ve Been” was arguably the standout on the project. The smoldering, somber track featuring Bryson Tiller jolted listeners into reminiscing about the one that got away. Though the painfully perfect original has certainly kept its spark months after its release, BJ the Chicago Kid decided to put his spin on the track with his "Southside Remix."
For the refix, H.E.R.’s opening verse and chorus are kept the same, but BJ changes the location of that fateful night of passion -- when both love and promises were made -- from Miami to New Orleans (surprisingly not Chicago). He recounts the ordeal from his perspective and confesses, “Well, hearts get broke, yes, I pressed / And I succeeded / 'Cause I wanted you and you wanted me, but I be lying if I said I never thought that we could be.” Whether you still hold a place in your heart for that special someone or you and your boo are sticking it out, we all appreciate BJ for adding a certain soulful something to this track.
We all know that BJTCK is known to kill a cover (see his renditions of The Isley Brothers' "Don't Say Goodnight" and Jodeci’s “"Come & Talk to Me" alongside Ro James), but we’re all about ready for some more of his solo work. Though his EP The Opening Ceremony has remained in rotation since its release in May of last year, based on his recent social media posts, fans can look forward to a new LP and more live shows in 2019. In the meantime, give BJ the Chicago Kid’s "Southside Remix" of H.E.R. and Bryson Tiller’s “Could’ve Been” a spin.