Earlier this month, Jhene Aiko premiered an emotional new video for “Eternal Sunshine” that saw her reenacting the nearly tragic car accident she was involved in with her sister Miyoko, daughter Namiko, and Namiko’s father O’Ryan. Everyone survived and a couple years later, Jhene revisited the turning point for her art.
Below is a pretty close look via Billboard, narrated by Aiko, of the making of the video and the mental obstacles that she surely overcame to create the video.
We reenacted the car accident that I was in. I’m ascending from my body. I basically died in this video. Miyoko and Nami, my sister and my daughter… I got them to reenact their parts. I wasn’t driving in the real accident, but for the sake of the video I am. I was in the backseat.
The latest video off her debut album, Souled Out, takes a heavy turn as one of my favorite songs off the album “Eternal Sunshine” focuses on a couple of majorly traumatic events of Aiko’s life. The scene that plays out is her 2013 car crash that left her with a broken arm I recall and also injured her daughter Namiko, sister Miyoko, and the father of her daughter, O’Ryan. Additionally, we see footage of her late brother Miyagi who passed away from cancer in 2012. The solemn emotions in the video add a new layer to the audio. Jhene fans, you’ll feel this and respect her artistry even more I suspect. Watch below.
Jhene Aiko is looking as good as ever in her new video off a Souled Out fave of mine, “Wading”. The sultry audio gets the matching visual from a revealing Aiko (with a snakey friend), but as she stuns for the first half of the video, there’s also a story that develops into a surprise twist ending. This last third of the video stands it apart even more so stay tuned through to the end. I don’t want to spoil it, but I can’t help but mention that the timing of its release is pretty appropriate from an awareness standpoint with the Bill Cosby controversy continuing to pile up.
Updated with the newly upped uncut version. Produced by her beau, Dot Da Genius.
Big and well-deserved congrats goes out to Lecrae for his first ever #1 album! Anomaly sold 88,000 copies in its debut week — good for that Billboard 200 #1 spot and narrowly edging Maroon 5’s V, with 80,000 in its second week (a 51% decrease). Batting 3rd: Jhene Aiko’s debut album, Souled Out, selling a strong 70K and topping the R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. Jeezy’s Seen It All, having been released on September 2nd, sold 33K more copies this week, good for #6 overall.
Back to Lecrae, here’s perhaps the most impressive fun fact of his charting career:
“While Lecrae, 34, might not quite be a household name — he’s yet to chart a single on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 — he has sold 1.4 million albums and 2.9 million track downloads.” (via Billboard)
Wow, that definitely speaks to his loyal fanbase. Get caught up on Anomaly — it’s a dope album from beginning to end and in the running for my favorite hip hop LP of the year through September.
The other late night must-see music performance aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live as Jhene Aiko performed her new single “The Pressure” on the day her debut album, Souled Out, dropped in stores. This, I’m sure, makes any artist’s release date even more special especially for the landmark debut album drop. Jhene and her band sooth the crowd with the performance that sounds straight out of the studio and likely impressed the casual viewer who tuned in. You’ll see that Jhene is rockin’ an angelic white skirt and, honestly, it’s not hard to notice on the close-ups… a ring on the left ring finger. Not to get too into it, but Jhene did confirm she has a boyfriend this week and by numerous signs it’s producer Dot Da Genius, of Kid Cudi “Day N Nite” fame. A quick google search and you’ll see that gossip blogs are reporting marriage but it’s not worth believing til they say it themselves.
Now that that’s been addressed, be sure to cop said debut album, Souled Out. Of the non-preview records, I’m especially vibing with “Lyin King”, “Wading”, and just the wonderful philosophic “W.A.Y.S.” — why aren’t you smiling? 🙂
During the last week prior to the release of Souled Out (out Sept. 9), Jhene Aiko has upped the promo run in NYC for the album. One stop today was with Angie Martinez and Power 105 and the gals dished on all things the album, except a story behind the collab with Common (would love to hear more about this). Probably the most interesting, revealing part of this interview was Aiko squashing romance rumors with Drake and Childish Gambino again becoming increasingly honest about why she and sister Mila J don’t have any songs together. No beef ultimately, but they don’t want to mix business either. Hopefully it comes together down the line when/if the time is right.
You knew it was comin! The full album stream for Jhene Aiko’s Souled Out, available in stores and everywhere in less than a week, September 9th. Souled Out is slim on the vocal features with Common, Cocaine 80s, and Jhene’s daughter and late brother the lone ones. Production is handled by Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, Dot Da Genius, and Souled Out is executive produced by No I.D. I’m fans of all of the above and can’t wait to listen/support this week, especially on the heels of the Childish Gambino well-directed visuals for “The Pressure”.
1. Limbo Limbo Limbo
3. To Love & Die (feat. Cocaine 80s)
4. Spotless Mind
5. It’s Cool
6. Lyin King
8. The Pressure
10. Eternal Sunshine
11. Promises (feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi)
12. Pretty Bird (Freestyle) (feat. Common)
14. Blue Dream