Rap-Up Sessions

Exclusive: Jhené Aiko Debuts ‘Bed Peace’ for Rap-Up Sessions

Jhené Aiko is giving Rap-Up readers a first taste of her new music. The L.A. singer-songwriter stopped by our Hollywood studio to debut “Bed Peace” exclusively for Rap-Up Sessions.

Wearing a cropped T-shirt that said “Give weed a chance,” the pint-sized songstress performed an acoustic version of the song, which will appear on her upcoming EP Sail Out, the prequel to her debut Souled Out.

Jhené can also be heard on Big Sean’s new single “Beware” and “Sparks Will Fly” off J. Cole’s No. 1 album Born Sinner.

Sail Out is due later this summer. Watch her stripped-down set.

JoJo Performs ‘Like That’ and ‘Demonstrate’ for Rap-Up Sessions

JoJo and JinJoo

If you were left wanting more from JoJo’s Rap-Up Sessions, then you’re in luck. In addition to performing her Agápē mixtape single “Andre” and a mashup of Drake songs, the 22-year-old singer delivered something old and something new during the second half of her acoustic set.

Accompanied by guitarist JinJoo, she gave us chills with her sultry take on her Noah “40” Shebib-produced single “Demonstrate.” She also served up a rare treat for her longtime fans, performing “Like That,” the Ryan Leslie-produced cut off her 2006 sophomore album The High Road.

Watch JoJo go unplugged live from our Hollywood studio.

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JoJo Performs ‘Andre’ and Drake Mashup for Rap-Up Sessions


JoJo brought her powerful pipes to the Sunset Strip to perform an acoustic set exclusively for Rap-Up Sessions. Joined by JinJoo the Guitar Girl, the 22-year-old singer heat up our Hollywood studio with “Andre” off her mixtape Agápē (as her dog Agápē looked on).

As the sun set over the hills, she sizzled with a mashup of Drake hits including “Houstatlantavegas” and her own remix to “Marvin’s Room,” which has become a viral sensation.

Watch both performances below and check back for more from JoJo’s Sessions.

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Bridget Kelly Performs for Rap-Up Sessions

The Roc was in the building when Bridget Kelly stopped by our Hollywood studio to perform for Rap-Up Sessions. Signed to Roc Nation, the New York songstress has already played arenas across the world on tour with Jay-Z and released her 2011 EP Every Girl featuring the Frank Ocean-penned “Thinking About Forever.”

While overlooking the Sunset Strip, Bridget put her raw talent on display with a three-song acoustic set. Backed by a guitarist, she stripped down her single “Special Delivery” and the Ne-Yo-penned “In the Morning,” for which Meek Mill can be heard on the remix. She also delivered a soulful cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”

Bridget is readying her full-length debut for release later this year and has recently opened for Mary J. Blige and Brandy. Watch her stellar set below.

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Dawn Richard Performs for Rap-Up Sessions

To celebrate the release of her debut album Goldenheart, Dawn Richard stopped by Rap-Up’s studio to kick off our new performance series, Rap-Up Sessions. While overlooking the famed Sunset Strip and the Hollywood sign, the Danity Kane alum and her production partner Druski performed an exclusive three-song set including her single “’86,” “Warfaire,” and the title track “Goldenheart,” which is Dawn’s favorite song on the album.

“It’s the most personal and I recorded it a long time ago,” she said. “It was one of the first times I had gone through something so horrible that I didn’t think I would be able to come back from it. I felt like I wanted to write about a record where we were naive enough to believe we could be saved by a shining prince. It was so naive, but we felt that it was real.”

Watch the rest of Dawn’s stripped-down set below. Goldenheart is now available in stores and on iTunes.

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