Even as she’s grown into one of the most influential forces in modern pop music (just check the number of people walking around with baby hair and a SoundCloud full of atmospheric future-funk beats), Aaliyah’s suffered a depressing number of indignities since her death in 2001, from less-than-stellar posthumous albums to being press-ganged into a Chris Brown song. But the worst so far is the biopic that Lifetime just aired, which ignored her artistry in favor of focusing on her romantic relationships and portrayed her illegal underage marriage to R. Kelly as a Romeo and Juliet story rather than statutory rape.
Aaliyah fans are intensely upset about the movie, and they haven’t been shy about expressing it. Which is why it’s a good time for rising crooner BJ the Chicago Kid to release his own version of the Baby Girl classic “One in a Million” where he doesn’t try to do anything fancy or weird with it but simply sings a very good song the way it was meant to be sung. It’s an effective way of washing the Lifetime movie’s bad vibes out of your brain.
BJ the Kid’s “One in a Million” appears on his new mixtape The M.A.F.E. Project, which features guest spots by Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, and Smoke DZA.