Wiz Khalifa is the natural fit for the remix to Jhene Aiko's "The Vapors" but I wasn't too fond of the stark contrast in the production. Jhene sounds great on it though, and on Souled Out from beginning to end (available now.)
It's been a great week or so of new music videos starting with the talk of em so far this week: Drake's short film for "Worst Behavior". ICYMI, the video is 10 minutes long and the song is spliced by a 5 minute comedy skit that has received quite the polarizing reaction (it is Drake, of course). While I think the skit is funny and has that dry sense of humor I enjoy, it's so long that it throws off the whole song (usually 30 seconds of something like this is ok) and is not really rewatchable. The only scene I really enjoyed in the video was the Beale Street takeover by Drake and his crew. Could have been better in my opinion, but hey, it got people talking. What did you think?
Here are a few other videos, starting below with Jhene Aiko's "The Worst". This has a dark storyline and embodies Jhene Aiko Week, as all her big-name collabs were previewed before the EP dropped yesterday. Be sure to check it out.
Future's spacey video for "Real And True" with Miley Cyrus & Mr. Hudson also premiered. And lastly, I want to close it out with Kenna's new video for "Love Is Still Alive" — that's on top of the new video set to premiere today with Childish Gambino. Browse the continually updated Videos section (as well as the Songs section) for your daily new music and keep it locked for another edition of ICYMI later today...
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Jhene Aiko "The Worst"
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Future "Real And True" f/ Miley Cyrus & Mr. Hudson
The new Jhene Aiko has been coming at a furious pace, and it's all leading up to the new Sail Out EP, which can be officially purchased now. Highlighted above are the 7 tracks to the EP for free streaming and if you've been following out coverage the past few weeks, you know I'll suggest that simple press of the play button. I really appreciate Aiko's raw honesty on the records and her voice and the production are both instantly engaging. Check it out, along with the new, cinematic video for "The Worst" that dropped yesterday as well (brought back below).
I know lots of you are tuning in for a new Kendrick Lamar verse, but this is great for Jhene Aiko's sultry vocals, fast flow, and unique mix as basically two tracks in one. "Stay Ready" features a female and male perspective with K. Dot's verse being a slick, seductive one about bedroom time. It then transitions into a darker production for the "(What A Life)" part and Aiko takes the track home brilliantly with some raw, honest lyrics as well. It's all a worthy 6 minute listen so do just that before the Sail Out EP drops in full this Tuesday!
18. II. earth: The oldest computer (The last night) [feat. Azealia Banks]
19. III. life: The biggest troll (andrew auernheimer)
The three features: Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, and Azealia Banks. The first two should come as no surprise, and perhaps the third one as well for any keen listener of "Centipede" for the "my wallet's Azealia" line (could mean Iggy, but Banks makes more sense). I'm excited for this album and have been impressed with the sound of the previews thus far (see: below). Plus, look at the structure of the album — this looks like an innovative book on tape CD.
Some speculation surrounds this new Childish Gambino track tonight, and it all stems from how he released it — via Twitter with the message "here @JheneAiko".
"Someone here gave all my love baby" is the cryptic hook on repeat and it may indicate Donald's true feelings for the hotly-rumored to be dating Jhene (although Gambino said recently with Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds that they're not dating).
Also, there is a fair amount of empty space; specifically once the instrumental (brilliantly) kicks up a notch after the first repetition of hooks. I'm also diggin' the influx of energy shortly after the three minute mark. h/t to the hometown producer Stefan Ponce. Whether it's finished or not, this version is already a wonderful record and if it is bolstered by singing from Aiko or rapping from Gambino or somebody else, then I'm all for that. Oddly enough, I'm all for this just being the version. Give it a listen/download above.
Just a short while ago, Jhene Aiko's (amazing) cover art for her forthcoming Sail Out EP and tracklist were released. Well, in case you missed those, no need to click anywhere. Scroll below for the tracklist on the newly revealed back cover (emphasis on the word 'back') and, in a creative move, peep all of the lyrics to Sail Out here.
In the new episode of the Life + Times' "The Truth with Elliott Wilson", we find out the creative process from Jhene Aiko on her two most recent collabs: Drake's "From Time" on NWTS and her record/video with Childish Gambino "Bed Peace". The former's hook stems from something personal from Aiko, while the latter draws on her liking to the John Lennon / Yoko Ono relationship and what they stood for. It's cool to hear the details of how those records originated and then were worked on with the respective artists. Plus, Aiko drops some general life gems about not believing in setbacks and that everything is all a part of the journey. #Salute to that!
Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP drops next Tuesday, November 12th.