Hot Hit Music!! Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” on –

Written by on February 15, 2017

Sail Out” is the debut extended play (EP) by American recording artist Jhené Aiko, released on November 12, 2013, through Def Jam Recordings. It will be Aiko’s first release under the label after leaving her contract with Sony Records in 2003. After leaving Sony Records, Aiko released her first mixtape Sailing Soul(s) (2011), independently; the mixtape featured appearances from well-known artists and was met with generally positive reviews.

In 2012, Aiko met with American record producer and vice president of A&R at Def Jam No I.D., who ended up signing Aiko to his Artium Records imprint, through Def Jam.

The writing, recording and producing of the EP began shortly after Aiko was signed to Def Jam in 2012. Most of the album was written by Aiko herself and features production from No I.D. and Fisticuffs, the latter of whom is responsible for producing the majority of Aiko’s debut mixtape Sailing Soul(s) (2011). The album features guest appearances from several rappers, such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino and Vince Staples.

Aiko released the track “3:16AM”, for digital download on the iTunes Store on September 4, 2012. The song was released as the first single from Sail Out. “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino was released as the album’s lead single on September 17, 2013. The single’s artwork and music video was inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-Ins for Peace protest against the Vietnam War. On January 14, 2014, “The Worst” was serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio in the United States as the album’s third single, and peaked at #43 in April, 2014 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2003, Aiko released a video for her debut single “NO L.O.V.E”, when she was 15 years old. Aiko was set to release her debut album, then-titled My Name Is Jhené, however the album was never released due to tension at the record label Epic, which ultimately led to Aiko asking to be released from the label. She then began to focus on school and continue her education. Following the birth of her daughter, Aiko began to make her return to music in 2008 and began meeting with labels. In 2011, she released her debut mixtape Sailing Soul(s), which was received well by critics and was certified gold by mixtape-sharing website Datpiff, for downloads of 100,000.

In 2012, Aiko met with No I.D., record producer and vice president of A&R at Def Jam, who ended up signing Aiko to his Artium Records imprint through Def Jam. Aiko spoke on how the meeting came to happen with No I.D. saying “A mutual friend began working with No I.D. He called and said No I.D. wanted to have a meeting with me. He told me he was with Def Jam. The interview was unlike any meeting I had before. He made me feel comfortable. He’s very humble.” Aiko revealed that she has signed to Def Jam via her official Twitter account, the tweet consisted of an image of Jhene Akio and No I.D. holding a contract. During an interview Aiko spoke on signing to a label saying “It’s a little different now when the label’s involved, everybody has to be on the same page and the same time line.”

“Souled Out” will feature production from producer Fisticuffs, who helped produce the majority of Aiko’s 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s). The album will also feature production from Aiko’s mentor No I.D. and Dot da Genius whom has worked with Jhené’s idol Kid Cudi. Aiko spoke on meeting with Dot da Genius saying “It was memorable when I met with Dot da Genius because I didn’t really know I was going to record, and I ended up having a song that I had in my head that just worked perfectly to his track,” she explains. “I was really excited to work with him because I like Kid Cudi, and he works with him, and I was like, ‘Oh you know, I’m one step closer.'” Aiko will also be working with producer Key Wane and TDE.

During an interview Aiko was asked if rapper Kendrick Lamar in which she replied “You know what, I sure do hope so!” during the interview Aiko also revealed that she had recorded a song with rapper Ab-Soul saying “I have an amazing song with Ab-Soul that’s gonna be on there. Of course they’re all busy so you never know. Definitely I’m pushing for that Kendrick collab though”. Aiko revealed that she had been sent many songs for her debut saying “I’ve been getting so many tracks lately and I’m not used to that. I’m used to just having a handful to work with but now that the label (Def Jam) is involved, they’re sending me so much great stuff and I’ve just been writing and writing and writing!” Jhené Aiko also stated that she is working on the album everyday either recording or writing, but is taking her time as she doesn’t want “to put out some nonsense”.

Aiko released Sail Out as a bridge between her debut mixtape and debut studio album saying, “It’s like bridging the gap between [my mixtape] Sailing Soul(s) and Souled Out.” The EP was released on November 12, 2013 with an iTunes pre-order beginning October 29. On October 22, 2012 Jhené Aiko performed at the SOB’s Friday night in which she performed songs from her mixtape Sailing Soul(s) (2011) such as “Higher” and “Space Jam,” Aiko also debuted a new song from the album entitled “What a Life”.

The following month on February 13, Aiko performed the song on Conan. On May 27, 2014 Aiko performed the single on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show, the performance featured the lights turned low, and Aiko barefoot. On July 22, 2014 Aiko released a video of her preparing to go on tour and rehearsals , during the video she sang an acoustic rendition of the song along with her guitarist Jeff, during the video Aiko also performed “Stay Ready (What a Life)” and “To Love & Die”.

Sail Out. (2016, November 21)

DJ 3xL

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