Jhené Aiko’s first mixtape Sailing Soul(s) has officially landed on streaming platforms.
Initially released independently, the project marked Jhené’s journey as a pivotal artist in the mixtape era that led to burgeoning careers for talent in her sphere. With the assistance of Fisticuffs and additional producers, Aiko equipped with relatable lyrics and mesmerizing beats successfully made her debut. Sailing Soul(s) features tails of heartbreak and recollections of the gritty parts of love.
Where were you when the mixtape dropped? Your first real job? College? High school? Regardless of where you were, it’s evident that the release is a staple for R&B fans alike. It’s an intimate and expansive project. Each track introduced the industry to Aiko’s captivating voice and smooth sound. “Living Room Flow,” “Mirrors,” “2 Seconds” and “Snapped” also find a home on the mixtape.
Now ten years removed from her debut, Jhené is now one of the most regarded artists in R&B. Chilombo, her most recent album has garnered three Grammy Award nominations: Album of The Year, Best Progressive R&B Album and “Lightning & Thunder” with John Legend (Best R&B Performance). She’ll also be hosting the Premiere Ceremony ahead of the award show.
Chilombo was a masterful release that moved Aiko’s artistry forward. The features on it were fitting, but she shined effortlessly and provided an album that was fit for the strange times we were all living through when it was unveiled. Chilombo has received five gold and platinum singles: “Triggered (freestyle),” “None Of Your Concern” featuring Big Sean, “P’$$Y Fairy (OTW),” “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” with Miguel & Future, and “B.S.” featuring H.E.R.
Aiko’s NPR Tiny Desk which arrived nearly five months ago featured “Stranger” off of Sailing Soul(s). That was a tiny surprise that rang loudly, especially with the official release of the mixtape being timed right before the Grammys.
Stream Sailing Soul(s) below.
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