"Jhené Aiko already has a pretty solid fan base – if you count some of today’s hottest rappers.
Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Childish Gambino (a.k.a former “Community” star Donald Glover) have all worked with the singer. And Drake recently introduced her to the American public at large when they performed their duet “From Time” on “Saturday Night Live.”
With her stunning looks and breezy voice, Aiko could easily be fronting a girl group instead of getting grimy singing hooks with some of the bad boys of hip hop. But as we can see with her recently released EP , “Sail Out,” the singer is serious about her craft and lays bare her soul with her lyrics. Her willingness to “go there” is part of what is drawing in new fans. It’s as much therapy for Aiko as it is for her listeners. “When I’m in a dark place, that’s when I’m basically writing my way out of it,” she said.
"I think now more women in R&B are not afraid to talk about who they are,"she said. “Before it was about who can have the hot single. It was about doing whatever was considered hot at the time.”
As much a songwriter as a singer, Aiko draws her lyrical inspiration from an interesting source – the late rapper Tupac Shakur.
"I look up to Tupac ‘cause he spoke his mind and always expressed himself, even if it contradicted what he said the day before," she explained. “If you express everything all the time you’re gonna look a little crazy, but that’s how you think in your mind and I think I do the same thing (as him).”
And despite her close ties to hip-hop, the singer wants it to be known that she is not a one-genre performer.
"I can do other things than just sing with rappers," she said.
We can’t wait to see.” -CNN.com