Written by: Carla Bynum
In 2002, Jhené was signed to Epic Records and The Ultimate Group and popped onto the music scene as the mentee of teenage heartthrobs B2K. She contributed her soothing vocals to a number of B2K songs and served as their opening act on the Scream Tour 3. Jhené was set to release her self-titled debut album under T.U.G. and Epic Records but the album unfortunately was never released due to tension with the record label.
Following her debut mixtape, Jhené has remained busy, appearing on songs by Big Sean, J Cole and Drake as well as releasing her own music.
“3:16 a.m.” was released in 2012 and discusses a darker time for Jhene and her real life battles with damaging love, addiction, depression and suicide. The song was released as a buzz record for her newly released Extended Play Sail Out which was released November 11 and features Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Vince Staples. The lead single “Bed Peace” was released in September and features Childish Gambino. The single’s artwork pays homage to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed Ins for Peace protest against the Vietnam War. Sail Out debuted at number one on the R&B charts and surely sets the tone for Jhené’s highly anticipated fortcoming debut album Souled Out in 2014.
If you aren’t familiar with Jhené Aiko, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the songstress. She’s sure to become a household name in the near future and you definitely don’t want to miss her journey.