Musicians like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean get all the buzz for bringing R&B into the 21st century, but Jesse Boykins III, a 29-year-old Chicago musician who made his come up working with one of Brooklyn’s most progressive rappers (Melo-X,) needs to get more of that credit. He’s spent years reconciling the grove that makes Motown killer, with the subtle poetic craft of post-R.Kelly R&B.
If none of that highbrow music shit makes any sense to you though, just play Mr. Boykins III’s music and watch everyone in the room start having sex with each other.
Watch the upbeat lyric video for his track “Plain” above. His new album, Love Apparatus, arrives April 22nd. For more from Jesse Boykins III in the meantime, follow his SoundCloud.