Artist Paper: Jhené Aiko

      I chose Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo to write about because her music stems from her experiences and it always tells a story. Jhené was born on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. Jhené is the daughter of Christina Yamamoto and Karamo Chilombo. She has a sister who is also an R&B singer, Mila J. Her mother is of Spanish, Dominican, and Japanese descent and her father is of Native American, African American, and German-American descent. She took vocal lessons in California, but had a daughter at 20, Namiko Love Browner. On August 27, 2013, Jhené was involved in a car accident with her daughter, fortunately nobody was majorly harmed. She also had a relationship with Big Sean and confirmed she had a miscarriage with him. She still moved forward with her career and signed with The Ultimate Group. In 2012, she got signed to Atrium Records by record producer No I.D. In her music she cites Tupac as her major influence because he inspires her to be true to herself. Jhené has three studio albums: Souled Out (2014), Trip (2017), and Chilombo (2020) and one Collaboration, Twenty88 with Big Sean (2016). She has several awards and nominations. In the American Music Awards, two nominations for Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B in 2014 and 2020. In the BET Awards, she received four nominations for Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Female R&B Artist in 2014, 2015, and 2020 and won the Centric Award in 2015. 

   In conclusion, Jhené Aiko has been through a great deal and manages to still produce music. Her music tells a story and speaks to you lyrically.  

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