Jhene Aiko & Sampha LIVE @ BBC 1

Out in London today, Jhene Aiko & Sampha graced the BBC 1 Future Festival stage and BBC already put up the videos for us to see. Jhene is up above with a performance of “The Worst” that I thought was better than her recent one on Fallon. That statement speaks more to this performance being really good as the band was especially lively and precise and Aiko mastered the variety of flows vocally.

Below, Sampha goes solo for a performance of “Too Much” as he croons off the cuff since he is sitting at the piano, improving there as well. Two very nice performances here; it’s no wonder why Drake worked with them for NWTS, huh?

The making of “Sparks Will Fly”

One of my favorites from Born Sinner was J. Cole’s smooth collab with Jhene Aiko — the bonus track “Sparks Will Fly”. This one picked up steam as the album settled and both artists’ star power rose in 2013. Today, we get a look into how the production was made for “Sparks Will Fly” from the producers, Christian Rich as they sit down with Truth Studios. The duo walks us through how the beat started from scratch, they had a female vocal lying around that turned out to be the perfect fit, to adding some hip hop drums from there. Watch the quick clip above to hear the rest of the story and if you do, you’ll likely be inspired to listen to the full product. I gotchu. See below.

Drake on SNL

“Started” & “Trophies” (above) + “Hold On We’re Going Home” & “From Time” accompanied by the lovely Jhene Aiko. Scroll below for Drake in various skits as he doubled as the night’s host. Him as A-Rod had me rolling, haaa!

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Drake as A-Rod (hilarious!)

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Jhene Aiko “The Worst” LIVE on Fallon

To close out the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jhene Aiko performed one of the most gripping tracks on her new Sail Out EP: “The Worst”. Accompanied by The Roots, Jhene was able to display her infectious and unique delivery in a live, intimate setting. The song, her performance, and the setting all combined to bring up “The Worst” to another level for me. Great looks for the fast-rising Aiko, who I think will be a household name by the end of the year (she is, but she isn’t ya know?)

Jhene Aiko album due in May

After a furiously successful 2013 that found her touring nationwide with Drake, a critically acclaimed buzzworthy EP Sail Out, and more collabs with Big Sean, Childish Gambino, and J. Cole, Jhene Aiko is ready to break out on another level in 2014 as a solo artist.

She has talked about her forthcoming debut album, Souled Out, in previous interviews, indicating even more of an envelope-pushing raw and honest style. In today’s new chat with VIBE, she reveals that’ll be the case akin to “Comfort Inn Ending” — her favorite song off Sail Out. She also, as the headline indicates, reveals the album will see release in May and that the song she’s most excited for at the moment is with her young daughter. Look out for that song “Promises” and more on Souled Out as the weather turns from winter to spring later this year…

Coachella 2014 lineup announced

Looks like Cali will be the place to be come April. The previously revealed and majorly announced headliner OutKast leads a real nice group of urban artists like Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Chi-Town’s 2013 star Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, and oh yeah, this guy named Nas. A couple more notable Chicago acts include Flosstradamus and Krewella. Who’s on your personal lineup?! Hope you got tickets already!

Would You Like A Tour? #GWHHReview

On Thursday December 12th, 2013, Hip-Hop superstar Drake took Chicago, his self-proclaimed favorite city to perform in, by storm. Proving that he is no competition to his peers whatsoever, Drake’s “Would You Like A Tour?” was a glorious and triumphant moment for Hip-Hop, representing the pinnacle and peak of success and acclaim.

 The show was extremely timely and punctual, something I applaud. The doors opened at 7 and immediately after, the show began with PARTYNEXTDOOR as the opening act. I arrived to the United Center at around 7:35 amidst a massive turn up session led by the turn-up king himself, Future. Future gave the crowd the hype and energy needed to fully enjoy what was to come later. Among his many urban hits from “UOENO” to “Tapout” Future was an extremely fitting and enjoyable opening act. It was like the perfect pre-game to an unforgettable night that was to come.

Next, the soulful Miguel came out and crooned the audience with his Prince-inspired stage presence and set list. Electrifying the stage with crowd favorites from “Adorn” to the platinum selling Mariah Carey collaboration “#Beautiful” Miguel was everything an R&B performer should be; heartfelt and talented. He charmed the ladies with his smile, related with the fellas with his music, and impressed us all with his unique display of talent. It was almost as if the show was about Miguel.. As if we all came to see him. That is, until Miguel left the stage and Drake entered..

It was like watching something that you only see in your dreams or on some crazy movie about success that you never attain right in front of you. Aubrey Graham took the stage by storm performing all of his hits from the beginning of his already iconic career to his recent release “Nothing Was the Same.” Even though Drake, himself, didn’t perform much music from his old catalogue, he made sure to have the DJ play the old songs we all love for the nostalgia. With such a catalogue so early on in his life and career, it was astounding to put into retrospect the amount of hits this man has. At one point, Drake brought an elderly woman from the suburbs of Chicago named Pam to the stage. Drake crooned her with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and had us all laughing as he humored her with the nickname “Pam… from the Suburbs.” Drake was relatable, likable, wild, entertaining, and most of all, game changing. The stage set, reminiscent of something form outer space, brought to life the content matter of “Nothing Was the Same” giving it even more of an ethereal and tangible feel. The beautiful Miss Jhene Aiko accompanied Drake on stage for fan favorites “Come Thru” and “From Time” both of which were obvious highlights from the show. From being on his “Worst Behavior” to the shout outs given to the fans in “305 to my City” the show truly erupted with explosive energy for the finale “Started from the Bottom.”

“Now we here”.. Days later still caught up in the rapture of the stage presence and energy displayed by Drake. An unforgettable night indeed from Hip-Hop’s finest.