When Gen-Yers take the best of R&B's past, reject the dreck of its popular present and redefine it on their own terms, you get artists like Jesse Boykins III (listen). Boykins puts a grown-man voice on grown-up records that sound up-to-the minute in style but are based on classic values. Most of his work is in the vein of slow jams for the new millennium, and in those songs, he's resurrecting a lost art for a new generation. You'll have two chances to catch this exciting rising talent in D.C. this week. Tonight he shares the stage of the Rhythm & Soul Series with Fatso, Wes Felton and LB down in the Caverns. -- Rhome Anderson (July 2009)
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