Jhene Aiko

Aug
5
Jhené Aiko Reveals ‘Souled Out’ Album Cover, Release Date

Souled Out

Suited and booted. Jhené Aiko has unveiled the cover art and release date for her highly-anticipated debut.

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Jul
24
Common and Jhené Aiko Perform ‘Blak Majik’ on ‘Kimmel’

Jhené Aiko, Jimmy Kimmel, Common, and Vince Staples

In celebration of his album release, Common took over the outdoor stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and brought along some special guests. The Chicago veteran got the crowd hype with “Blak Majik” featuring Jhené Aiko and was joined by Vince Staples for “Kingdom.”

His 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, which also features Big Sean and Cocaine 80s, is expected to sell 18-21,000 copies in its first week.

Watch Common perform with his friends.

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Jul
22
Jhené Aiko Performs Acoustic Version of ‘To Love & Die’

Jhené Aiko

As she prepares to hit the road, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals. Joined by her guitarist Jeff, the L.A. songstress performs an acoustic rendition of her Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die” as well as her Sail Out cuts “Stay Ready (What a Life)” and “The Worst.”

Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour, which kicks off September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Prior to the tour launch, she will release her full-length debut Souled Out. Just last week, she dropped her new single “The Pressure.”

See her stripped-down set below.

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Jul
17
New Music: Common f/ Jhené Aiko – ‘Blak Majik’

Nobody's Smiling

After getting his shine on alongside Big Sean on “Diamonds,” Common makes “Blak Majik” with Jhené Aiko. Over a looping No I.D. sample, the Chi-town spitter name checks his ex Erykah Badu (“Who in the game had the baddest hoes?”) and puts on for the 312.

“I wanted to team up with [Jhené] and do a song that was fresh,” Common told Rap-Up TV. “I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing. It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough.”

He continued to praise the L.A. songstress. “Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” he said. “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.”

Due Tuesday, Common’s 10th album Nobody’s Smiling also features Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, and Vince Staples.

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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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