Jhene Aiko

Sep
13
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Drunk Texting’ with Chris Brown

Common, J. Cole, and Drake have all co-signed Jhené Aiko, and now Chris Brown is calling on the in-demand songstress. The two engage in some “Drunk Texting” on their intoxicating duet off Brown’s new album X.

With her own album Souled Out in stores, Rap-Up TV caught up with the L.A. native to find out how the collaboration came to be.

The singers have known each other since Chris released his 2005 debut, and things happened organically. “For me, I like to just do things that I really like. If I like the song, then I’ll do it,” said Jhené.

“They sent the song and it was easy. I just had to go in there and sing it with him. I actually recorded it in this tight schedule, but I really did enjoy the song and I felt like people are really gonna be singing this. They’re gonna relate to the song ’cause everyone of drinking age can relate to drunk texting.”

She’s been a CB fan since “Run It,” and admires his perseverance. “I’ve always been a fan of the music and just his drive to keep going despite everything that happens, and I feel like I can relate to that because it happens, especially in this industry,” she explained. “They’re gonna come after you, time and time and time, you’re always gonna be your mistakes in people’s eyes. But it’s not about that. At the end of the day, it’s about the music.”

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Sep
10
Jhené Aiko Brings ‘Souled Out’ to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Jhené Aiko celebrated the release of her debut album Souled Out with a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” After her previous appearances alongside Big Sean and Common, the 26-year-old songstress took over the outdoor stage in Hollywood on Tuesday to give her fans a mini concert.

Wearing cat ears and a long white skirt, she sang her single “The Pressure” during the televised broadcast.

Souled Out is battling against Lecrae’s Anomaly for No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200.

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Sep
8
Jhené Aiko Visits ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Performs at Streamy Awards

Jhené Aiko and The Breakfast Club

Jhené Aiko kicked off her release week with an appearance on Power 105′s “The Breakfast Club.” The Souled Out singer fielded some crazy and stupid questions from Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee, including whether she showers and rumors that she dated Drake and Childish Gambino. She also spoke about her relationship with her sister Mila J and growing up on Slauson Avenue.

When asked if she is a crip, she joked, “The feds might be listening.”

She admitted that she is in a relationship (“This is the first time that I feel like I’m really in true love”) and that she doesn’t write a lot when she’s happy.

With her debut album, she hopes to “spread love and teach people how to love themselves.”

On Sunday, Jhené performed her single “The Pressure” on the Streamy Awards 2014. Watch below.

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Sep
4
Jhené Aiko Talks Motherhood, Sade Comparisons, & Sister Mila J with Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez and Jhené Aiko

With less than a week until the release of her debut Souled Out, Jhené Aiko stopped by Angie Martinez’ show on Power 105.1 on Wednesday. The “To Love & Die” songstress chatted about being a mother to her five-year-old daughter Namiko, the correct pronunciation of her name, and being compared to Sade.

While her sister Mila J is also releasing her EP M.I.LA this month, don’t expect a collaboration anytime soon. The sisters have decided to keep business and family separate.

“It’s hard to even work with friends,” said Jhené. “It can get weird at times, but at the end of the day, we’re sisters.”

Read highlights and watch the full interview below.

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Sep
3
Jhené Aiko Promotes Pet Adoption in peta2 PSA

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Jhené Aiko has partnered with peta2, PETA’s youth division, in a new campaign to promote pet adoption. The L.A. singer, whose album Souled Out arrives September 9, snuggles up next to a rescued cat named Daisy with the words “Adoption Is Love. Save a Homeless Dog or Cat.”

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Sep
2
Stream Jhené Aiko’s Album ‘Souled Out’

Souled Out

The wait is over for Jhené Aiko fans. A week before her album release, the R&B sensation has teamed up with iTunes to stream her debut album Souled Out in its entirety.

Executive produced by No I.D., the follow-up to last year’s EP Sail Out includes the singles “The Pressure” and “To Love & Die” featuring Cocaine 80s, with production from Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, and Dot Da Genius.

Common assists on the freestyle “Pretty Bird,” while her daughter Namiko and late brother Miyagi appear on “Promises.”

Jhené will celebrate her release week with a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on September 9.

Stream the album below via iTunes First Play.

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Sep
2
Video: Jhené Aiko – ‘The Pressure’

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A week before her album Souled Out arrives in stores, Jhené Aiko debuts the video for her single “The Pressure.” From red carpets to raising a child, the L.A. songstress illustrates the challenges of being in a relationship in the Childish Gambino and Calmatic-directed clip. She rocks blonde dreads in the vignettes, which feature a cameo from her daughter Namiko.

Souled Out includes contributions from No I.D., Common, Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, and Dot Da Genius.

Following the album’s release, Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour with ScHoolboy Q, starting September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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