New Music: JoJo – ‘Agápē’ [Mixtape]

Agápē

JoJo digs deep and bares her soul on her moody new mixtape Agápē, named after her adopted puppy, who appears on the cover art. Comprised of 13 tracks, the follow-up to her 2010 tape Can’t Take That Away From Me includes the singles “We Get By” and the André 3000-inspired “André.”

“This mixtape is meant to be experienced when you have 27-28 minutes to go on a little journey with me and listen to some stories,” said JoJo. “There are interludes, outerludes, random shit, my dad playing harmonica, and a conversation between my whole family at Thanksgiving.”

The project doesn’t officially drop until Thursday, but you can stream the “labor of love” in its entirety now.

UPDATE: You can now download Agápē at the link below.

Download: JoJo – Agápē

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54 Comments

  1. JoArmy

    ok Billions is my favvvvvv!!! but i love the mixtape as a whole

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  2. southernboss

    Billions and Thinking Out Loud are AMAZING! It’s so annoying how she’s so underrated. She needs to get with a better label.

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  3. ...

    I didn’t like it.

    Great vocals/production, but the lyrics are obnoxious. Either she’s whining about how much being famous sucks or she’s making non-stop references to being a drunk/pothead, both of which come off as being very, very try-hard and overcompensating for her “child star” image. I like JoJo and I think she’s capable of greatness, but this isn’t it.

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    JoArmy Reply:

    @…, No its not….this isn’t try hard! Try justin beiber :)

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    Kathy Reply:

    I agree completely. Every single song has an alcohol reference/weed/or cursing…. I expressed the exact same thoughts to her, and the interludes were so random, and doing way toooooooooooooo much……….. I think she tried to do a Fran k Ocean thing and failed.

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  4. Jhephey1504

    The Mixtape is Amazing. Billions is my favorite 2, I need music video for this!

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  5. Um.Well.Sure

    Vocally, she’s really killing a great deal of the people out now and this is a mixtape…

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  6. B Rocka

    Not her best work. Was expecting something with more quality. The mixes sound off, and the lyrics and concepts are redundant. She’s incredibly talented, but instead of singing about constantly getting high, or how awful fame is, sing about what’s really going on with your record deal & album. I’m a stan, but I’m disappointed in Agape :(

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    JoArmy Reply:

    @B Rocka, She did sing about the record deal and blackground records. Listen Back2thebeginningagain and come back to me.

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    JoArmy Reply:

    @B Rocka, Also, if you were a stan you would know she explained countless times on twitter about her record deal. And I quote JoJo:
    JoJo ‏@JoJoistheway
    @musicman128 7 albums. No time limit. Ratified in the state of NY (more lenient child laws then CA). Toni sued and got out of her contract

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    Issa Reply:

    @JoArmy, Wait .. JoJo has stans now? Wow. Also, it’s not a good look to be proud of “stanning” for someone that doesn’t even know you’re alive.

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  7. -

    I know she can’t please everyone, but I love the whole thing. But The constant talking about getting high did throw me off though

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  8. jaykaytremaine

    wat happened to that “sexy to me” tune?

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  9. roy

    this was 80% background chatter/interludes. the actual songs were mediocre. very disappointing

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  10. stephy

    Okay, so the majority of us agree this wasn’t her best work because the interludes was one thing just thrown in there, and content wise, she’s always talking about being high/drunk/having sex, etc., as if she has nothing better to do. She’s not complaining about “how being famous sucks” but subliminally addressing her label drama. It’s a decent mixtape w/o the interludes imo. Just needs a few more listens..

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  11. stephy

    okay, so we all admit this isn’t her best work because she’s prob busy singing about being high/drunk/having sex and this comes off as “trying hard” but at the same time she’s not complaining about fame, she’s subliminally talking about her label drama. It’s a decent tape after a couple listens.

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  12. stephy

    would be better w/o the random interludes as well. @roy true

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  13. SantaBey

    People that don’t know anything ask for too much! It’s a F*cking Mixtape & the point of an mix tape is to show the direction an artist wants to go in, that’s all! Y’all be wanting this and that like its the official LP. Relax. BY the way; I enjoyed it.

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    ricky Reply:

    @SantaBey, music is music. Mixtape is not synonymous with mediocre. By any standards this fell short. No excuses. I’m not even saying its terrible but there is still a standard to be met.

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    Bandz Reply:

    @ricky, you are absolutely wrong with that statement guy. If a mixtape wasn’t different from another body of work, like perhaps an “album”, there’d be no point in calling one body of work a mixtape while calling another an album. And for a MIXTAPE, what more did you expect? Album, 2 years. Mixtape, 2 months max…big difference on the outcome.

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  14. rG555

    does come off a lillll bit as IM TRYIN HARD TO BE BAD…. great vocals but lyrically doesn’t feel genuine

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  15. Bri

    I LOVE this mixtape & I LOVE JOJO. Mixtapes are supposed to be experimental & that is what she is doing with Agape.

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  16. Kiya

    JoJo is a visionary. The haters will catch up in a few years

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  17. Audrey Hepburn

    Who?

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  18. TrinaFan

    Love JoJo but I’m not feeling this at all. I feel like she’s trying to be like Frank Ocean a little too much. Andre & Can’t Handle the Truth sound good though. Not feeling her new look either w all the hats and the harsh make up. I like the long dak hair! JoJo go back to a few months ago. I was digging those vibes girl!

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    JOn Reply:

    @TrinaFan, Uh, in what way was she “trying to be Frank Ocean?”

    The genres she uses in this mixtape are pop, neo-soul, hip hop and RnB. Musically it’s absolutely nothing like him. As for the interludes, if people think Frank Ocean is the first artist to use interludes, y’all need to perhaps listen to some older music. Like, pronto.

    She already explained that she would be throwing in random bits of herself in the interludes. The mixtape is all about her and she’s doing it for herself and the short clips of herself in the studio, her heritage (St. Patricks Day), her dad etc reflect that. Also most of them are humorous clips and give the mixtape a less serious feel. There isn’t some deep inner meaning that people are supposed to uncover. Jeeez.

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  19. theodoric

    Billions is amazing!

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  20. L.A.M.E.

    Can’t handle the truth I’d definitely and undoubtedly the best song on this mixtape. It embodies the JoJo sound that I love. That mellow vibe with sick vibes. That’s the JoJo that I love.

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    L.A.M.E. Reply:

    @L.A.M.E., is

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  21. vladica07

    I dont like her interludes,but not anyone can do them good,so she’s not the first one for me.I like Billions,Thinkin out loud and Andre.It does have a bit of Frank Ocean’s vibe on certain songs.I like her previous mixtape better.I’m rooting for her,but when is the album coming out already?!We all know she is terribly underrated, but she needs to come out with the album and kill it,she’s got the potential for it!

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    MJL Reply:

    @vladica07, I’ll give you a hint: it’s her damn label

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  22. D_Dimopulos

    SWAGGGG …
    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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  23. Jay

    Great mixtape!!!! Andre remix, We Get By and Can’t Handle the Truth are my jams!! I love JoJo!!! Really excited for her new album!!! :)

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  24. -

    Wow so much negativity on here. You people are only disappointed because you expected way too much from it. She doesn’t have to live up to your expectations, it’s about her.

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    K2012 Reply:

    @-, AGREED! She feels good about it because its more grown and updated compared 2 her 1st which was more thrown together.

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  25. @HistoricalMe

    I like the sound of this mix tape. The sound is easy to vibe to, and Andre is a random moment of hotness on this mix tape. Given it is different to hear this “child star” talk about sex, drugs and alcohol. However, it is important that she does this to shed the image she once had. I like the direction she is going in and I would by this mix tape if it was sold on iTunes. This is music our generation should be listening to in my opinion.

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    K2012 Reply:

    @@HistoricalMe, AGREED!

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  26. Proud OF Soidloah boy

    Great & Beautiful Mixtape song

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  27. JOJOStan

    MIXTAPE is amazing! JoJo is the kweeeenn!!!

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  28. Glenn

    The background noise and the ametuer mixing was most likely purposeful. I love this mixtape it differs from her album but its beautiful.

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  29. ''NOLA''

    ”Thinking Out Loud”,”Andre”,”Can’t Handle The Truth”…….The best songs on this mix-tape.

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  30. Ice

    Raw emotion.

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  31. georgia23

    I love that she wanted to give us a personal vibe with all the interludes… but we could’ve still gotten that vibe with three less of said interludes. Juuuuuust saying. Other than that I am a HUGE Jojo fan and this mixtape does not disappoint, all the tracks are dope. I especially love White Girl in Paris, Billions and Can’t Handle The Truth.

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  32. Sabrina Beaubian

    OMG I love JOJo, Can’t Handle The Truth is my fav. i feel like it a page from my own life.

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  33. Clyde

    Can’t Handle The Truth is the “Boy Without A Heart” of this mixtape… literally one of the best track on the mixtape! this song coulda been on her album

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    MJL Reply:

    @Clyde, Blame BlackGroundMusic

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  34. MJL

    Back2thebeginningagain, We Get By, Take The Canyon, White Girl In Paris, Andre, Can’t Handle The Truth

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  35. Nicole

    People are analyzing the mixtape way to much Lmao. Just listen and enjoy that’s what she made it for. If you don’t like it go listen to something else. She’s an amazing artist, and writer whatever she’s talking about (:

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  36. Hep

    Mixtape is amazing, you gotta listen to the whole thing at once!!!!

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  37. B

    I really HATE songs that are soooo short. Wayyyy too many songs under 3 minutes. The full songs sound soooo good. I didn’t even listen to the interludes I don’t like them on cds. I’m a little sad cause this wasn’t what I expected. To me there’s only 5 songs and 2 already know. the other 3 was good… like a vibe feel I like them… just wished all 13 tracks was actually songs…and the actually songs don’t sound like drinking/smoking in them… sound normal to me…cursing not a factor:D

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  38. mpsy

    Before people start saying, FRANK OCEAN!!! Think about what R&B has become over the last decade. Now is one of the most experimental times for R&B where artists can really play around with lyrics, raw experimental instrumentals, etc. No generic 90s-2000s R&B lyrics. JoJo’s evolving damnit! She’s baring her soul here, which is something an artist should be doing.

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  40. Ca

    Not a fan of this mixtape. Love her musicality, as she’s obviously gifted and born to do this, both through her deep connection to the music when she performs and for the growth she has shown over the years, which tells me she’s obviously doing it for the music not (just) the business. BUT as mentioned before me, I think the constant references to weed and being drunk is a bit much. To me, it says that she’d rather chill out than do something productive; with her situation, her other future alternatives, etc. Still a fan though, she’s heinous and real, just not so much of this messy mixtape.

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    Ca Reply:

    Sorry, *a genious – not heinous!

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