For those not familiar with Jhené let’s catch you up to speed. She is a very talented singer/songwriter formerly signed to T.U.G/Epic Records along with B2K. She was introduced to the world as “Lil Fizz’s Cousin” (no blood relation) and had several featured songs on their albums as well as the You Got Served Soundtrack. Chris Stokes took full advantage of their success and promoted her heavily through B2K, even making her the opening act on their Scream 3 Tour. In 2003, at only 15 years old, she debuted the video for her single NO L.O.V.E. on 106 & Park. Then she disappeared. She decided to take a break from music to continue her education.

Over the past couple of years she has blessed her fans with pictures, poetry, original songs, song covers and very insightful conversation on her personal blogs. She seemed content with staying out of the limelight and being “normal” even though most of her fans urged her to come back to mainstream and bless the world with her music and bless us she did.

Download Jhené Aiko-Sailing Souls (Mixtape)

Earlier this year she released the mixtape, Sailing Souls. I listened to this album forward, backward and on repeat and honestly can’t find a favorite song. I love each and every song. She has a very light and beautiful voice that’s reminiscent of Aaliyah with a very distinctive smooth flow with an immaculate pen game like Amel Larrieux. She had a few guest appearances on her album including – Miguel, H.O.P.E, Lite, Kanye West, Gucci Mane and Kendrick Lamar which serve as perfect complements to her creativity.

Hoe – feat. Miguel & Gucci Mane

Usually when you think smooth flow with slow to mid tempo songs you think nap time but this album definitely kept my attention and there was not any point that I felt the urge to fast forward. I did find myself repeating the song Hoe feat Miguel and Gucci Mane more than others at times. Each artist added just the right amount of flavor to the song to make it work and were careful not to outshine each other. The lyrics are what mostly gets me about this song-it’s a song about an aggressive female that knows what she wants but doesn’t want to give the guy the impression that that’s how she usually gets down. It is sung from both the female and male perspective and it doesn’t degrade or disrespect as the title or the worlds “Feat Gucci Mane” may suggest. This album is definitely worth purchasing but she is actually giving this gem to you for free (click link below)-So there is NO excuse not to cop it and take a listen…. feel free to drop back in and tell us what you think.

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