Soul singer and soon-to-be household name Jesse Boykins III has already collaborated with the likes of Theophilus London and MeLo-X. Here, the charismatic crooner talks personal style, musical influences, proper sandwich ordering etiquette, and the meaning of “schwaza.”

Want more music? Check out some of Jesse’s all-time favorites on this Spotify playlist. Full track list and JB III’s commentary on each song below.

Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”

“Long live a man that lived life to the fullest and truest.”

Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”

“This video made me want to wear suits and dance as the floor lit up under me.”

Prince, “Darling Nikki”

“I always wondered if Nikki was make believe or…a REALITY.”

Jeremih, “Fxck You All The Time (Shlohmo Remix)”

“One of my favorite remixes.”

Miles Davis, “Blue In Green”

“Nothing cooler than Miles Davis on trumpet.”

Curtis Mayfeild, “Superfly”

“Curtis taught me how to speak my mind, no matter what.”

Hall & Oates, “Maneater”

“Some of the best songwriters of that time. And ours.”

“N.E.R.D, Hypnotize U”

“Pharrell says it’s ok to seduce her. So does Jesse Boykins III.”

Bruno Mars, “Locked Out Of Heaven”

“This is what we all feel—lust. I say channel it into LOVE.”

Passanger, “Let Her Go”

“Hardest thing to do, noblest thing to do, dumbest thing to do, smartest thing to do. DAMN.”

Fun, “We Are Young”

“Timeless living. Don't ever forget to take risks and live life fighting for what you want.”

D'Angelo, “Spanish Joint”

“Undeniable ‘Schwaza.’ Tell her to close her eyes and dance with you.”

Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds”

“The King Of Awareness, Acknowledgment, and Passion.”

Raphael Saadiq, “Love That Girl”

“This will make her sway in the kitchen while you guys cook dinner together.”

Marvin Gaye, “Trouble Man”

“Cinematic soul. Get ready to go to work to this.”

Jesse Boykins III, “Strange Recreation”

“Everything is nothing and nothing is everything. Don’t take it too seriously—that’s how you get through. SMILE.”

Kanye West, “Paranoid”

“Kanye is like every other emotional man I know: too honest and not afraid to be vulnerable.”

Radiohead, “Everything In Its Right Place”

“Radiohead taught me how to remember my dreams. I suggest you do the same.”

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