Jhene Aiko

Jul
17
New Music: Jhené Aiko – ‘The Pressure’

The Pressure

As anticipation grows for her debut album Souled Out, Jhené Aiko faces “The Pressure” on her latest single. On the airy Fisticuffs production, she sings about the stress of a relationship.

“The way you feel is not my problem / I don’t want to see you go / But I don’t have time to solve this.”

The L.A. songstress plans to showcase the diversity of her hometown through her music. “People don’t give L.A. the credit it deserves for being creative and cultured,” she told Vogue. “We are just as open-minded as artists from other places. And we are venturing…It’s not just gangster rap.”

Just last month, she premiered the Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die.”

Souled Out is now scheduled for a September release. Following its release, Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour with ScHoolboy Q.

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Jul
3
Rap-Up TV: Common Makes ‘Majik’ with Jhené Aiko, Talks Kanye’s ‘Royal’ Wedding

Twenty years after the release of his critically-acclaimed album Resurrection, Common reunites with No I.D. on Nobody’s Smiling. During his trip to L.A. this week, the hip-hop veteran sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his 10th album, which arrives July 22 via Def Jam.

The concept-driven project, inspired by the violence in Chicago, includes appearances from Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and Jhené Aiko, who is featured on the No I.D.-produced “Blak Majik.”

“Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” said Common. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice, but her perspective, who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special. It’s a soul to it. It’s a spirit to it.”

“I wanted to team up with her and do a song that was fresh. I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing,” he explained. “It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough. It’s something special about that song too.”

He also worked with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean on “Diamonds,” for which a video was recently shot in L.A. “‘Diamonds’ for me, talks about shining. You got shine no matter what. No matter what situation you gotta get to shining. I’m talking about shining for today, not waiting for tomorrow. You just gotta embody it now.”

While he didn’t work with Kanye West on this album, he did attend his fairytale wedding. “That was a very special wedding in the way that it was fun,” he said. “I had been to Italy, but never to Florence. It felt very family-oriented, very simple but beautiful, and it felt like they cared about the guests. The way we were treated, it was royal. Everything was simple and beautiful and we had the best time.”

Jun
29
John Legend and Jhené Aiko Perform at BET Awards

Jhené Aiko and John Legend

John Legend brought his smooth and soulful sound to Sunday’s BET Awards. Seated at the piano, the R&B crooner serenaded the audience at Nokia Theatre with his new single “You and I.” He also brought out Jhené Aiko to duet on her Sail Out single “The Worst.” Watch them score another win for R&B.

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Jun
25
The Weeknd Announces ‘King of the Fall’ Tour with ScHoolboy Q, Jhené Aiko

King of the Fall

The Weeknd is heading back out on the road this fall and bringing along some special guests. ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko will join the Canadian crooner on his “King of the Fall” tour.

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Jun
23
New Music: Jhené Aiko f/ Cocaine 80s – ‘To Love & Die’

To Love & Die

In the seven months following the release of her chart-topping EP Sail Out, Jhené Aiko has performed on “SNL,” toured the world with Drake, and scored a top 10 R&B single with “The Worst.”

Now after much anticipation, the L.A. songstress drops “To Love & Die,” the first offering from her full-length debut Souled Out. She puts it all on the line for love and even quotes 50 Cent’s “Many Men” on the dark and melodic production, which features Cocaine 80s.

“‘Cause where I’m from, we live for the love, die for the love,” she coos.

Souled Out is due this summer featuring a collaboration with her daughter called “Promises.”

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Jun
23
Jhené Aiko Readies New Single ‘To Love & Die’

To Love & Die

Jhené Aiko is inching closer to the release of her full-length debut Souled Out. The L.A. songstress has posted the cover art and a snippet of the first single, “To Love & Die” featuring Cocaine 80s, which hits iTunes on Tuesday.

“I’m suited, I’m booted / I’m ready for more,” she coos over the ethereal production.

The dark and melodic follow-up to her 2013 EP Sail Out is due later this summer. Aside from her daughter Namiko, who is featured on “Promises,” don’t expect many features.

“I did the album and it just shaped up to be all me,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I just didn’t leave room for anybody just because I have a lot to say. I just wrote the songs from top to bottom.”

In April, she debuted a new song called “Spotless Mind” at Coachella.

Jhené will take the stage—and maybe even perform her new single—at Sunday’s BET Awards in L.A.

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Jun
12
Jhené Aiko Shoots PETA Campaign

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko is getting frisky in a new campaign for peta2, the largest youth animal rights group. The cat lover cozies up to a feline friend in a behind-the-scenes pic from the shoot.

“Ty for using your beautiful voice to speak out for animals,” PETA told the “Bed Peace” singer.

Jhené joins the list of PETA supporters including TLC’s Chilli, Pink, Jay Sean, and Waka Flocka Flame, who posed nude for the “Ink, Not Mink” campaign.

Jhené’s full-length debut Souled Out is due later this summer. “There’s no fucking around with this album,” she told GQ.

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