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Album Review

In the early 2000s, Jhené Aiko was a B2K associate signed to TUG, the Epic subsidiary operated by Chris Stokes. The teenage singer appeared on B2K projects and numerous compilations and soundtracks, released a solo single, and recorded an album that was shelved. She subsequently left the industry for several years, then resurfaced in 2010 like a new artist — one with a voice and approach different than squeaky and peppy, less Yummy Bingham's "Come Get It," more Cassie's "Me & U." Featured roles on tracks by Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q boosted her profile and cred, as did a 2011 mixtape that involved the likes of Lamar, Kanye West, Drake, and Miguel. Producer No I.D. signed her to his Def Jam-supported Artium, where she released a late 2013 EP led by "The Worst," a Top Ten R&B single. As that song was finishing its run, she followed up with early singles from Souled Out, her proper debut album. When the set was released, Aiko's style — shaped in part by accommodating producers like Fisticuffs, Dot da Genius, and No I.D. — was instantly recognizable. On Souled Out, the singer and songwriter's form of contemporary R&B continues to blur the line between seductive and sleepy, her voice among the lowest wattage in commercial music history. Just as she is wistful about "summer nights and water fights" (in "Eternal Sunshine") and "turquoise seas and ocean breezes" (in "Spotless Mind"), she often injects sharply contrasting melodrama ("Now many men/Many, many, many, many men/Wish death upon me") with only minor variations in tone. Sonically, the majority of these songs can be classified as slow jams, but Aiko deals with some form of relationship turmoil in nearly every one of them; given the amount of introspection, the album is most suited for coping with stress. Aiko can be maddeningly platitudinal and singsongy, but her one dimension is a specific balmy backdrop provided by no one else.

Customer Reviews

Souled Out

the emotions of this album >>> sooooo happy its coming out soon! 💛

A little disappointed

Okay so I'm a huge jhene aiko fan but I was a little displeased with this album. All the songs kind of sound the same and nothing really stands out. I like about 4 songs on the album...promises is my favorite song...idk I'm really not sure what direction she was going with this album but I prefer her older stuff better than this...idk maybe the album will grow on me but one thing that's for sure is that she has a freaking amazing voice..she's just a stunning person...I love her and can't wait to see what's in store for her music career.

The art of expression

This is a great relaxing album, she really has mastered the art of story telling & expression!!!! She really goes in deep into her past dealings in relationships and bares all on this album. Over all you can't loose with telling the truth.


Born: March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Los Angeles, R&B singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko first rose to prominence in the early years of the 2000s when she signed to Epic and contributed vocals several tracks for labelmates B2K. Coming from a musical family, with two of her sisters (Miyoko and Jamila) members of the group Gyrl, Aiko had plenty of musical training to launch her later successes through various appearances on music videos and soundtracks. After collaborating with other artists during her early to mid-teens,...
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Souled Out, Jhené Aiko
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Contemporary R&B
  • Released: Sep 09, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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