Jesse Boykins III
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Jesse Boykins III
Jesse Boykins III performing in May 2009
|Birth name||Jesse Boykins III|
|Also known as|
|Born||February 20, 1985|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Labels||Ninja Tune, Def Jam|
|Associated acts||The Grammy Jazz Ensemble, Steve Lacy, Willow Smith, Logic, Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, The Internet, Noname|
Boykins is a world soul artist originally from Jamaica, later relocating to Miami and finally Brooklyn. His first EP, Dopamine: My Life On My Back EP was released February 14, 2008 and his follow up The Beauty Created LP was released November 25, 2008 through NomaDic MuSic.
His career in music began at the age of nine when he joined his school choir. He soon began auditioning around Miami and found himself recording with various local Miami artists. In high school Boykins was invited to perform in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble and recorded an album with them.
After high school he was recruited to The New School University in New York City. At The New School, he perfected his skills as a writer, performer, arranger and producer and as a vocalist. He also studied with classical trainer Kamal Scott and Universal recording artist Bilal.
In November 2017, Boykins revealed that he was signed to Def Jam Recordings. His first album under his major label deal was a physical release of his mixtape Bartholomew, which was previously released for streaming on SoundCloud in 2016. Jesse received his first Grammy nomination for co-writing Steve Lacy's lead single Playground from his ApolloXXI album.
- The Beauty Created (2008)
- Zulu Guru (2012)
- Love Apparatus (2014)
- Bartholomew (2017)
- Dopamine: My Life on My Back (2008)
- Way of a Wayfarer (2011)
|"Make Me a Fool"||2010||The Foreign Exchange, Median||Authenticity|
|"A Place Where Lovers Go"||2013||The Jet Age of Tomorrow||JellyFish Mentality|
|"Higher Times"||The Internet||Feel Good|
|"Heartbreak in Motion"||2015||Anna Lunoe||N/A|
|"Go"||Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Mike Golden, Joey Purp||Surf|
|"Paradise"||Logic||The Incredible True Story|
|"Just a Dose"||Little Simz, Tiffany Goucheé, SiR, Isaiah Rashad, Kent Jamz||Age 101: Drop X|
|Grammy - Best Urban Contemporary Album||2019||Nominated||Steve Lacy : Apollo XXI (Writer)|
- Penrose, Nerisha. "Jesse Boykins III Talks New Album 'Bartholomew' & Signing With Def Jam Records". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-10.