Boulevards is Jamil Rashad, a modern funk songwriter and performer from Raleigh, NC. The son of a jazz radio DJ, Jamil grew up in a house where jazz, blues, R&B and funk was played constantly, encouraging him to get involved in music at an early age. Branching out into punk, hardcore and metal in his teenage years (a self-confessed "scene kid" in the NC area), those sounds would later go on to influence Rashad for their technical precision and tight, economic power.
After a couple stints in local bands and an art school education, the time had come for Jamil to return to his first love: funk—because Boulevards is first and foremost a funk act. In his own words: "party funk jams for the heart and soul to make you move." Following in the footsteps of pioneers like Prince, Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire, Boulevards synthesizes these precursors with the adventurousness of Talking Heads and Grace Jones, modernizing his sound with current production values and giving a nod to Pharrell and Breakbot alongside both modern and vintage hip hop.