Jhene Aiko

Feb
24
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Praises Nicki Minaj’s ‘Lookin Ass’

While she may have offended some men with her vicious lyrics, Nicki Minaj’s “Lookin Ass Ni**a” has struck a chord with her female fans including Jhené Aiko. The L.A. songstress has shared her support for Nicki’s male-bashing anthem.

“I love it. I love the song,” she told Rap-Up TV. “It’s definitely a song to put on with my friends when we’re hating all the men in our lives, which is often. I love when she raps. … You don’t really see what she’s shooting at [in the video], but it’s powerful. I like it.”

Jhené would love to collaborate with Nicki, but in the meantime, she is working on her full-length debut Souled Out. Her 2013 EP Sail Out debuted in the top 10, which caught her and her label Def Jam by surprise.

“I think everyone was surprised. I literally put that out because I didn’t want to have nothing out in 2013,” she explained. “No one was really on board like that, we were just like whatever ’cause me and my camp we do stuff on our own time anyway. And we showed them, ‘See, they like it.’”

The album, due this summer, will include “Promises,” a collaboration with her daughter Namiko Love.

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Feb
17
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Calls Drake Her ‘Musical Soulmate’

Jhené Aiko has found her match in Drake. During Power 106′s “Valentine’s Crush” concert in L.A., the “Bed Peace” singer opened up about her connection with the Canadian rapper, who she collaborated and toured with last year.

“I think that he is probably like my musical soulmate,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I just feel like our voices compliment each other, our writing styles, all of that.”

Last month, Jhené joined Drake while performing “From Time” on “SNL.” “I’m not really used to cameras yet and TV performance-type things, so I was just like super nervous,” she admitted. “I think it came out good.”

She also hinted at more collaborations to come. “I would love to do a full project with him. I think that it would be really dope,” revealed Jhené, who’s already had discussions with Drake about a potential album.

Following the success of her EP Sail Out, she is gearing up for the summer release of her full-length debut Souled Out. But unlike her EP, she is not focused on features.

“I just wrote the songs from top to bottom, but if someone hears a song and they feel like they can contribute and it makes sense, then I’ll definitely make room—if they can do it before the summer.”

Feb
13
Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Worst’ on ‘Conan’

Conan and Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko was at her best while performing her Sail Out single “The Worst” on Wednesday’s “Conan.” After rocking the stage with her smooth set, she professed her love to the red-haired talk show host.

“I love you. Will you be my Valentine?” she asked Conan. He purred and kindly told her, “The wife gets mad.”

The moment was extra special for the L.A. singer.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I am in love with Conan,” she wrote. “I could have fainted when I shook his hand . Lol . I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous.”

Watch her come face-to-face with her celebrity crush.

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Jan
22
Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Worst’ at BBC Radio 1 Future Festival

Jhené Aiko

Days after sharing the stage with Drake on “SNL,” Jhené Aiko traveled across the pond for BBC Radio 1′s Future Festival in Maida Vale, London. Clad in a flowy white dress, the L.A. songstress hit the indoor stage with her band to perform a live set including her Sail Out single “The Worst.”

While her EP remains No. 1 on iTunes R&B/Soul Albums chart, she is gearing up for the May release of her full-length debut Souled Out.

Another Drake collaborator, Sampha, also performed his Nothing Was the Same collaboration “Too Much” (sans Drizzy). He recently re-released his 2010 EP Sundanza with all proceeds going to the Youth Cancer Trust.

Watch both performances below.

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Jan
18
Drake Hosts and Performs on ‘SNL’

Drake

Drake proved that he can do it all, hosting and performing on the first “Saturday Night Live” of 2014. The Canadian rapper brought the laughs while playing Alex Rodriguez, Katt Williams, and even Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel in several hilarious skits.

During his monologue, he poked fun of his Jewish and black background by reenacting his Bar Mitzvah, and made his teacher swoon with his poetry during detention.

For the first performance of the evening, he delivered a medley of “Started From the Bottom” and his latest song “Trophies” while bathed in red lights.

He returned to sing “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and brought out Jhené Aiko for “From Time.” “You need you some of this Drake love,” Drizzy told her.

Following the show, he took to Instagram, writing, “Best night of my life.”

Watch highlights from the Drakeover below.

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Jan
17
Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Worst’ on ‘Fallon’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko sailed into the weekend with a performance on Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Accompanied by The Roots, the L.A. songstress performed her emotional single “The Worst” off her EP Sail Out.

During the taping earlier in the week, Drake showed up to support his tourmate. “Congrats on an amazing performance,” he told Jhené.

She plans to release her full-length debut Souled Out in May. According to VIBE, it will feature her daughter Namiko Love, who appears on a song called “Promises.”

Tune in to “SNL” tonight to see Jhené join Drake on stage.

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Jan
16
Drake, Jhené Aiko Visit ‘Jimmy Fallon’

Drake and Jhené Aiko

Drake stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday night to support his pal Jhené Aiko. The tourmates shared a hug backstage and posed with “Ride Along” star Kevin Hart. The “Bed Peace” singer was there to tape a performance, which will air on Friday.

“Congrats on an amazing performance,” Drizzy told Jhené, who will perform at Coachella in April.

The Canadian MC will sit down with Fallon on tonight’s episode ahead of his appearance on this weekend’s “SNL.”

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