You love James Fauntleroy, even if you don't know James Fauntleroy's name. Lately you've heard his ethereal croon on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and, this week, on A$AP Rocky's A.L.L.A. He's amped up songs by J. Cole ("Born Sinner"), Timbaland ("Know Bout Me," featuring Drake and, sort of, Jay Z), Big Sean ("World Ablaze") and soooo many more.
Like, that amazing interlude on Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, "Fertilizer," is a cover of a Fauntleroy track. That's how serious this guy is.
And today we've got a brief but lovely new cut from the singular 30-year-old crooner. "Help," available below, is Fauntleroy stacked on Fauntleroy stacked on a plucky guitar and some washed-out synths. Enjoy.
Even more so than a singer, Fauntleroy is an accomplished writer, with credits on Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell's new smash "California Roll," tons of Rihanna's Rated R and 23 of the 24 cuts on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience albums.