Jhene Aiko

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.”

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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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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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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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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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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New Music: Jhene Aiko f/ J Henny – ‘Stay Ready’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko unleashes her rap alter ego J Henny aka J Hennessy on an alternate version of “Stay Ready (What a Life).” The L.A. songstress spits Kendrick Lamar’s original verse on The Fisticuffs-produced track off her EP Sail Out.

“She’s an aspiring rapper,” Jhené told Rap-Up TV of her rap persona. “She still sings, but she’s more aggressive. She likes to really talk a lot of shit and talk about things that a lot of R&B singers don’t talk about.”

We’ll have to wait and see if J Henny appears on her full-length debut Souled Out, due later this summer.

Listen to the singer turn rapper.

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