To be honest, his hair has always caught my attention first. It’s a natural girl’s dream. But then when Jesse Boykins III opened his mouth and the sound thick like molasses and sweet like brown sugar sat in my ears, I knew that I was in love. As a World R&B and Soul artist, Jesse Boykins III delivers a sound that’s familiar, but not enough to be something you’ve heard before. On his latest release, Love Apparatus, Boykins pens tunes with lyrics that stick to your rib. How does he do it though? Boykins is able to dig into the psyche of a woman and spill our inner most thoughts out on a page and make it into a compassionate love ballad.
Other R&B crooners should take note. Boykins goes above and beyond to understand the female heart (aka our Love Apparatus). He goes around the world, interviewing women about everything from lust to love and whatever there is lingering between the two. These interviews offer insight and you can definitely hear the inspiration in Boykins’ musicianship. With questions like, “What is everything you hate about a man,” Boykins’ project most certainly gives him beautiful material for his lyrics.
He stopped by #TeamBeautiful’s office and once I was able to tear my eyes away from his luxurious locs and enviable thrifted threads, I listened. Feeling like I was in the most soulful yoga class that ever existed, I found myself lost in lyrics like, “Daylight is the only weapon, when we choose to fight,” in his single, “4 U 2 B Free.” The Machinedrum produced track is a single haunted testament of Boykins’ raw and powerful talent. Check out his intimate performance of “4 U 2 B Free” and I promise you that if you’re not already a fan, you will be.
Check out these Love Apparatus tour dates:
Date Location Venue
May 3 New York, NY Irving Plaza
May 17 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
May 18 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 21 Washington D.C. The Howard Theatre
May 24 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
For tickets, please visit www,jbiiimusic.com.
For more information on Jesse Boykins III and Love Apparatus please visit www.jesseboykinsiii.com.