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

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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.

BARTHOLOMEW Tracklist:

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 www.jesseboykinsiii.com.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JesseBoykins3rd

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jesseboykinsiii

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesseboykins3rd/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jb3music

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Entertainment Music

Fly Visual: Melanie Fiona – “I Want It All”

The beautiful and very pregnant Melanie Fiona debuts her new visual titled “I Want It All.” Glowing from ear-to-ear, Melanie holds her baby bump as she belts out into song, with such emotion and compassion, drawing your complete attention to ever single word.

Spotted recently on IG, Fiona and boyfriend Jared Cotter were in their car turning up to some good old school hip hop, as Melanie says; Our kid is gonna be way TURNT!

Congrats to the dope couple on their precious bundle of joy that’s on the way!

Check out the video below:

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Entertainment Music

New Video: Melanie Fiona – “I Tried”

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Melanie Fiona delivers a quite compelling new visual entitled “I Tried” — a track produced by Andre “Dre” Harris.

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In the video, Melanie is incased in a see-through glass cube, displaying the heavy, emotional effects of the worlds many issues from: Police Brutality, Domestic Abuse, Killings of the Innocent and Unarmed (Trayvon Martin), Rape and many others worldly causes that can’t be ignored any longer. Fiona brings all the matters to the forefront.

Check out the powerful visual below:

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Entertainment Music

#BlackLivesMatter: Black Violin Duo Releases Tribute Video “Stereotypes”

The talented instrumental duo, Black Violin touches on a few topics at hand, #BlackLivesMatters being the most high-profiled socially conscious statement with their newest visual titled “Stereotypes.”

The visual is a tribute to the above pledged wording and challenges some of today’s stereotypical issues.

Check out the visual below:

The upcoming album (also titled Stereotypes) is due on September 18th via Universal Classics and features Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper and Kandace Springs.

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Entertainment Music

New Video: Melanie Fiona – “Bite The Bullet”

MELANIE FIONA TAKES CHARGE IN ‘ALL BLACK EVERYTHING’!

Our favorite Fly Gal is back! Melanie Fiona premieres her feisty new visual for the hit single “Bite The Bullet.” The song was birth from her upcoming album offering titled Awake.

In the Carmen Murray-directed visual, Melanie is donned in all black, as she faces the music of love; agreeing not to play with loaded guns anymore. In her book, you can only help someone but so much. After awhile, you just have to tap-out and simply walk away for the sake of sane love.

Check out the full visual below:

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New Music: Melanie Fiona “Bite The Bullet”, Prepares For The Release of Her New Album ‘Awake’

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Available on iTunes right now, Melanie Fiona debuts her new track entitled “Bite The Bullet” from her upcoming album Awake on Title 9 Productions /Primary Wave BMG this Fall 2015.

Related: Hyundai Hope On Wheels: Melanie Fiona Lends Her Voice In The Fight To #EndChildhoodCancer As Celebrity Ambassador [Photos]

Gaining buzz around the new project and single, Melanie has ventured on a 5-city promo tour sponsored by Verizon Wireless that kicked off in Los Angeles this past Friday, May 8th and will be making stops in New York, Atlanta and Washington, DC before wrapping in New Orleans at the Essence Festival.

Melanie also speaks on her new label service home, Primary Wave:

I am so excited to be partnering with Primary Wave for the release of my third album. The journey from my last project to this moment has been graced with many moments of happiness, vulnerability, strength, and ultimately, growth.” I am looking forward to sharing my personal and musical evolution with the world.

Listen to her new track below:

 

GET SOCIAL WITH MELANIE FIONA

Website: melaniefiona.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MelanieFiona

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SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/melaniefiona

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/melaniefionatv

“Bite The Bullet” on iTunes: HERE

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Entertainment

Hyundai Hope On Wheels: Melanie Fiona Lends Her Voice In The Fight To #EndChildhoodCancer As Celebrity Ambassador [Photos]

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Last week at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC, Melanie Fiona made her debut as the Celebrity Hope Ambassador for the Hyundai Hope On Wheels non-profit organization. 

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FLY Events

FLY Events: Team Epiphany + Complex Team Up For #SummerFridays Event Series

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Brand solutions agency Team Epiphany teamed up with Complex Magazine for the fifth installment of their highly anticipated #SummerFridays event series.

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Last Night in NYC Live Performances Music

Last Night In NYC: ‘Ro James & Friends’ at the Highline Ballroom feat. Melanie Fiona, Asher Roth, Luke James, Bridget Kelly, Stacy Barthe & More

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LAST NIGHT IN NYCrising NYC-based R&B singer Ro James, who brought out special guests; Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Asher Roth, Bridget Kelly, Stacy Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olamide Faison and more during his crowd pleasing set. The memorable evening, entitled “Ro James and Friends,” took place at the Highline Ballroom in NYC with a late-night jam session feel. 

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Fly-LIGHTs: Luke James, Melanie Fiona, Po Johnson & More Attend Ro James’ “Cadillacs” Listening Session…

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Wednesday night in New York City, singer, Ro James, unveiled the third installation of his three-part EP series titled, ‘Coke, Jack and Cadillacs’. The ‘Cadillacs’ listening session was held at the Revision Lounge in NYC, where attendees enjoyed complimentary Jack & Coke cocktails and the sounds of DJ Twilite Tone.