Jhene Aiko

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Jhene Aiko is known for singing about love. From self love to the trials that come with the emotional feeling, the singer is always exploring it’s nuances but in a new release she’s not interested in “love,” just sex.

Jhene Aiko’s “Living Room Flow” isn’t touching on anything new for the singer. In “Bed Peace,” she sings “We make love and then we f*ck and then you give me my space.” But, in that song, the thought is fleeting. In this new release, it’s the basis of the entire song.

“I don’t want your heart or your love, just do what you do to my body,” she sings.

It’s not as good as anything on Souled Out, but it’s a nice treat for fans that have been supporting the rising star. Continue reading

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Island

There’s really only one version of Nick Jonas’ “Chains” that you should concern yourself with. And it’s not the new remix with Jhene Aiko, although her sexy new verse is a nice addition to the track.

The best version is actually Jonas’ recent performance of the single on The Tonight Show and it has nothing to do with the singer’s vocal performance (which is pretty mediocre) and everything to do with his backup dancers/percussionists.

Aiko’s verse on the song’s remix does mirror the ladies’ choreography, however, in that it’s quite sensual despite the original song being about feeling weighed down by a significant other. Niko takes the “chain” metaphor and adds a little kinkiness to the meaning (word to 50 Shades of Grey).

It’s not nearly as catchy as “Jealous,” but it’s still worth a few plays. Continue reading

Def Jam

Def Jam

In the past few years Jhene Aiko has become known for creating music in which she tells off her trifling ex boyfriends and sings about the importance of having peace and self-love in a way that seems expertly balanced and admirable.

The 2011 mixtape Sailing Souls was like Aiko’s promise to fans that she would be an open book, delivering vivid tales of love, heartbreak and an unshakable spirit. She followed through on that promise with last year’s EP Sail Out, ratcheting up the appeal this time with intricate productions.

Sail Out is a better overall project than Aiko’s newly released Def Jam debut album Souled Out, but Aiko’s fans that love to hear the singer coo about loving everyone and leaving shady men behind won’t be disappointed by the new release. The lyrics are the draw here.

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Def Jam

Def Jam

We’ve been waiting three years for Jhene Aiko to make her Def Jam debut with her full-length album Souled Out. Her smooth vocals and honest lyrics have helped the singer to make a name for her self following the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Souls and her 2013 EP Sail Out definitely helped to cement her status as a rising star.

After what feels like endless delays, “The Worst” singer is finally ready to present Souled Out to her fans. The album won’t be available for sale until Sept. 9, but iTunes is streaming it in full up until it’s release.

The LP features the singles “To Love & Die” and “The Pressure,” along with the previously released album cut “Spotless Mind.”

In addition to streaming the album on iTunes, the singer also released a music video for the single “The Pressure.” The video finds her juggling motherhood, a relationship and friendships with trying to maintain her career and life as a public figure.

Stream the album here.

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Def Jam

Def Jam

Jhene Aiko’s positive tweets have caused a bit of dialogue amongst the singer and her fans in light what’s happening in Ferguson. Many of Aiko’s fans believe she should be doing more to show her support for the city and Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager that was killed by a police office over a week ago. Aiko says she can’t go to Missouri right now, but continues to send positive vibes and love to everyone involved in the situation.

Musically, she continues to push her usual positive message this morning in “Spotless Mind,” the latest offering from her forthcoming Def Jam debut album Souled Out.

“Change is inevitable. Why hold on to what you have to let go of,” Aiko sings in the opening lines of the mellow track. It will be interesting to see if the No I.D. production makes this message go down a little smoother for fans.

Regardless, this has been Aiko’s image for a while now. Aside from shooting her lover in the video for her hit single “The Worst” and posting and deleting a photo where she holds a “police officer” down and point a gun at his head, the singer usually promotes images that support a much more peaceful lifestyle. It’s interesting that her fans expect anything different from her in this circumstance.

Souled Out is scheduled for a Sept. 9 release. Continue reading

Def Jam

Def Jam

Jhene Aiko unveiled the album artwork for her much anticipated Def Jam debut album Souled Out today on Twitter. Additionally, the singer announced that the album will be released on Sept. 9, not August 25 as was previously reported.

Aiko’s had a pretty good year since releasing her EP Sail Out in 2013. The project was received well by fans and critics and spawned the popular single “The Worst,” which is currently in the top 50 on iTunes.

So far the singer has released two songs from the forthcoming album, the Cocaine 80s-assisted “To Love & Die” and “The Pressure.”

Jhene Aiko performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jhene Aiko performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jhene Aiko teams up with the Fisticuffs once again for “The Pressure,” the latest cut from her long awaited album Souled Out. The vibe and sound of the song feels familiar, sticking to similar conventions as Aiko’s other releases, but the production is tighter. Over electric guitars, knocking percussion and synths, the singer tells of another troubled relationship. The song doesn’t play out her hit “The Worst” or even her emotional freestyle “Comfort Inn Ending,” though.

“Have you seen my fucks to give? I have none I cannot live with the pressure,” she sings.

Ouch.

Souled Out is out August 25.

Listen to “The Pressure” here.

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Fans have been waiting impatiently for this moment for years.

Jhene Aiko resurfaced in 2011, snagging a new record deal after the release of her mixtape Sailing Soul(s) and since then fans have been looking forward to the singer’s full-length LP Souled Out. Less than a month after the singer unceremoniously released a Cocaine 80s collaboration from the forthcoming album, the release date has been revealed.

Souled Out is scheduled to be release on August 25, according to Rap-Up.

The singer dropped a 7-track EP, Sail Out, last summer to hold fans over until the album’s release and if that project is any indication we’re in for a real treat come August.

BET

BET

Let’s be honest, most of us forgot about the BET Awards up until the last minute this year. The Awards Show just didn’t seem to be offering anything worth watching based on it’s promo.

It turns out, though, there were actually some genuinely good surprises in this year’s show. And, no, Beyonce and Jay Z’s “special performance” (from their On the Run tour via satellite) was not one of them. From Chris Brown’s first performance since being released from jail, to unexpected medleys from Usher and throwback bands like Silk and Color Me Badd to a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott during Pharrell’s opening number, this show really was full of exciting moments.

Maybe it’s a good thing the network didn’t tweet out the surprises before the show. A part of what made them great is that they were genuinely unexpected.

Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Lil Wayne and more also graced the stage during the show. Continue reading

Jhene Aiko in "Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)" video

Jhene Aiko in “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)” video

Jhene Aiko’s fans have been waiting for any hint of what her album Souled Out will sound like and when it will be released, but so far we’ve gotten nothing. Aside from her 2013 EP Sail Out and festival performances, Aiko has been relatively quiet on the music tip. Until now.

The singer took to Instagram today to unceremoniously unveil a snippet of a new song. “To Love and Die” features Cocaine 80s, but we don’t get to hear enough of it to form any type of opinion about it.

“I’ve been hit by cupid. I’m being recruited. I’m ready for more,” Aiko sings as Cocaine 80s James Fauntleroy echoes her.

The singer has not revealed any more details about the song in the teaser.

If you remember the delayed release of “3:16” then you know she likes to make us wait…

UPDATE: Well that was quick. The wait is over. Continue reading

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