Ever so often you come across a song or an artist that you fall in love with and you want to share it with everyone you know. Last year, Jesse Boykins III’s remake of Andre 3000’s song, “Prototype,” was that rare gem.

Despite the awesomeness of the original, Boykins manages to add his own touch to the song, giving it just a little something special and making it just the right joint to come home to after a long day. Ever since Boykins’ video for “Prototype 3010” hit the ‘net a few days ago, I can’t keep my eyes off of it.

Chicago-born, and Jamaica and Miami raised, Jesse Boykins makes music for the soul. At just 16 he was selected as one of the singers chosen for the Grammy Jazz Ensemble, which later led him to study Jazz and Contemporary Music at New York’s venerable liberal arts university, The New School.

Jesse Boykins’ voice is made for love songs. Smooth as velvet and with a depth of emotion lacking in a lot of music these days, Boykins’ voice is as warm and welcoming as home. If you love good music, please, do yourself a favor and get acquainted with this man’s work.

Check out the short film for Jesse Boykin’s song, “Prototype 3010” and tell us what you think.

Jesse Boykins III | Prototype 3010, a short film from LightUp Film on Vimeo.


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