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JMSN's 'Foolin' gives modern R&B a yacht rock twist

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Sebastian Maldonado

Detroit-born Christian Berishaj, aka JMSN, has a Bon Iver-esque look and the general vibe of a freak-folk beardo, but his effortless R&B flow has made him an unlikely go-to guy for rappers in need of hooks, including J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, who tapped him for four songs on good kid, M.A.A.D. city

When he’s not working for other artists, JMSN makes his own records, which tend to veer a little more eccentric than most studio singers. He recently dropped his second solo album, a fittingly self-titled release available now on his own White Room Records label. It’s latest single “Foolin'” mixes modern-day R&B melodies with super-smooth yacht rock production, and a video that reproduces the soft-focus look of late-’70s televised music showcases with impressive accuracy.

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