Jesse Boykins III Drops ‘BARTHOLOMEW’ Mixtape featuring Willow Smith, Dej Loaf, Trindad James and more


This week, singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III has released his highly anticipated new mixtape, BARTHLOMEW in partnership with LANDR. Hailed as “reminiscent of Maxwell or D’Angelo” by Huffington Post, Jesse’s garnered praise from the likes of NPR, Billboard, EBONY Magazine, Stuff Fly People Like, The New Yorker, Fader, MSNBC, GQ, i-D Magazine, Wax Poetics and more.

LANDR is the online mastering tool that has mastered over 2 million tracks worldwide. They’ve launched an ongoing initiative to give back to their community of half a million music creators via their new Artist In Residence program, of which Jesse is the inaugural featured artist. With BARTHOLOMEW Jesse initiates a conversation on everyday obstacles that are a part of the human experience, expressing reality in a surreal setting and the balance of the feminine and masculine psyche.

 “BARTHOLOMEW is for the Planet Earth. Just like solar power & natural energy. Love without restraints or rules.” says Jesse Boykins III.

Written by Jesse and recorded in Los Angeles, the project follows Jesse’s previously released record, Love Apparatus, an opus on self-exploration and the true meaning of love. Threading together a plethora of influences (reggae, jazz, soul, hip-hop, experimental, electronic) with themes of self-love/acknowledgement, creative freedom was the driving force behind BARTHOLOMEW. With knockout features from a fleet of reliable talent like Isaiah Rashad, Mick Jenkins, Willow Smith, Audio Push, DeJ Loaf, Noname, Kilo Kish, Little Simz, Syd, Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Bridget Kelly, Trinidad James, Donnie Trumpet and more, plus production from MeLo-X, Dot da Genius, J Davey, and Machinedrum, the final product is a sonically rich treat for the ears.

A documentary and short film, alongside music videos, will subsequently follow the record. Local Los Angeles film crew We Are Famous also documented the recording experience and collaboration with LANDR engineers in Los Angeles in a behind-the-scenes 6-minute documentary.

Watch it HERE.

To celebrate the release of BARTHOLOMEW Jesse will perform live with special guests at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday, August 17th. Jesse will perform new music off the album as well as cuts from his past projects Love Apparatus, Zulu Guru, Way of Wayfarer, The Beauty Created, My Life On My Back and more. Tickets for the special performance are on sale now via Ticketfly.

BARTHOLOMEW comes after years of consistent touring from the Chicago born singer/songwriter. After being selected for Red Bull’s Red Bull Music Academy, touring the world extensively, Jesse released his Love Apparatus project in 2014, his first since the release of his 2011 EP Way of Wayfarer. In between the EP and Love Apparatus, Jesse also released a collaborative effort with acclaimed producer MeLo-X, the eccentric Zulu Guru album. In 2008, Jesse Boykins III first came to prominence with the release of his albums My Life On My Back and The Beauty Created, both of which garnered Jesse acclaim across the gamut and eventual features and praise. Additionally, Jesse Boykins III can be seen making his mark in fashion, with features in campaigns for Bergdorf Goodman, Timberland, and Liebeskind.


1. Earth Girls

2. Everybody Shut Up ft. Isaiah Rashad

3. Kumbaya In June

4. 8 Day Weeks

5. Into You ft. Noname

6. I Need You

7. Tomorrow

8. Mean Girls ft. Donnie Trumpet & J Davey

9. Indie Girls ft. Kilo Kish & Little Simz

10. LArain ft. Melanie Fiona & Trinidad Jame$

11. Vegetables ft. Syd tha Kid & Willow Smith

12. Eye Of The Gentle Tiger ft. Audiopush

13. Nobody On Jupiter ft. Dej Loaf

14. Solar Sisters ft. Alex Isley & Bridget Kelly

15. Likeminded ft. Luke James

16. Only Way Out ft. Mick Jenkins

17. No More Worry

For more information on Jesse Boykins III and BARTHOLOMEW please visit





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Afropunk Festival 2015: Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Kelis & more

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Over the weekend, the Afropunk Festival took place right in the middle of Brooklyn, New York and thousands came out to enjoy the festivities! Hit the next few pages to what artists graced the stage right in BK with official sponsors on-board.


New Music Exclusive: Paris 96 (Theophilus London & Jesse Boykins III)-“Afternoon”


Theophilus London staying true to his word of dropping a new song every week for the month of February gives a new joint “Afternoon” featuring his long time friend Jesse Boykins III. The two have teamed up to form the super group 96 and promise to release an EP sometime in April 2013.  “Afternoon” is a combination of TL’s smooth lyrics and Jesse’s soulful voice to make what they describe as a  “seductive panty dropping vibe”. Not mad at the description at all if all the tracks have that same vibe this will definitely be in rotation when I have female company around ‘m just saying…. Step into TL’s and Jesse’s new track “96” below.

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SFPL’s New Artist Spotlight: ReneeDion “Nothing At All x Mercy Me”

You know we only bring you the best here at SFPL!

Check out one of our favorite new artist, ReneeDion! Renee comes to us from the Ohio is quickly becoming one of the most talked about new singers in alternative soul music. Having opened for artists Eric Roberson, N’Dambi, Jesse Boykins III and singing alongside Gordon Chambers, she has earned her nu-soul stripes.

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Last Night in NYC: Jesse Boykins III Live @ The Diesel Planet

DIESEL‘s Music Teaser Tuesday is a monthly music series featuring new and established artists to perform at Diesel Planet, in NYC.

We took our talents to the Diesel Store on 54th and 5th Avenue, right in the middle of the Fashion Shopping Capital of NYC, for a performance we would not forget.

We were given the chance to interview Jessie Boykins III, so take a glimpse into his inspirations, his thoughts on being FLY, and his words of wisdoms for us all…

1. What’s your overall inspirational?

“Life’s experiences! Definitely traveling and making connections with people. The thing is to break down relationships, analyze them, and make a song out of it. Cinema also inspires me alot, and movies. I watch a lot of movies, and i also read alot. I read alot of James Joyce old poetry, Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, a lot of stories and visuals. Also, a lot of writing. I do a lot of writing. As well as researching and studying my history. Studying what soul music really means. Knowing where my history comes from to make sure I stay grounded in my music. No matter the transition of sound, it’s always going to be that feeling of soul.”

2. So, we run a blog called, and we want to know, “What does the term ‘FLY’ mean to you?”

“Fly is all about confidence, and self love. Anyone can be fly, it doesn’t matter. If your fly in your mind and expose your “fly,”  you show people your confidence. Regardless of what you’re wearing, you show people by how you speak and carry yourself. Being able to express yourself as best as you can, and at the same time be understood, THAT’S FLY!”

3. If you could give our readers one thing to leave away with, what would it be?

“This might sound corny, but don’t ever let anyone tell you that anything is impossible. If you have a love for something, pursue it, because people live long lives, so instead of questioning yourself with ‘What if’s’ and ‘No, i can’t do that,’ just try it out. Always approach anything you do, or love, with a positive vibe, a positive light, and positive energy, and most likely, it will get handled.

In case your unfamiliar with the beautiful sounds of Jesse Boykins III, check out this official video from the Event…

-Stay Fly!

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You know you can catch The Fly Guys all over NY! POW!

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending The Home of Rhythm in association with Sprite Green & Coors Light. The showcase took place at the ARENA Nightclub in NY. Guest performers were: Jesse Boykins III, Chico Debarge & Chrisette Michele. It was actually pretty dope to see Chico perform. He did a very good job! Welcome back Chico!

While chillin in VIP along with Chrisette, Clarence and friends, not only did I truly enjoy Chrisette’s performance, but I also was amazed by her sweet and kindhearted spirit. She is beautiful and passionate about her craft. It was a blessing to be in Chrisette’s presence along with her kind friends. Thanks Chrisette!!

Oh! And Jesse Boykins III was spotted rocking BKc paired with hott LV Duffle! POW!

You can check Jesse’s music out —->>>HERE!

More photos of Chrisette, Chico & Jesse after the jump…