You’ve probably never heard of Jai Paul. If you’ve heard Beyonce’s “End of Time”, then you’ve heard of Jai Paul. His song “BTSU” was sampled for the intro of that song — specifically the “don’t f**k with me” line. So if you thought you did hear the f-bomb at the beginning of the song — you did!
Jai Paul is an elusive beatsmith and creator, but the two songs he has released have been AMAZING. Even “Jasmine” is tagged as a “demo” officially for whatever reason. But the slinky soul, funky, hand-clapped menagerie of melody that is this song is undeniable. The vibe seeps into your psyche and you find yourself wanting to hit repeat and run it back.
Jai Paul’s vocals are light and nimble but laced in old soul and new sensibilities. It both counteracts and melds into the track, with just enough tentativeness to draw you in even more, listen upon listen.
I’m hoping he’ll release material more often, but “Jasmine” is a dope a** song, and you need to get up on this immediately.