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April 06, 2011  | by: Lakin Starling

Aiko's Album Cover

Songstress Jhene Aiko’s release of her new EP Sailing Souls has been high on the radar in the world of mixtapes. You may have heard her on Kendrick Lamar’s “Growing Apart” or back in the days when she featured on B2K tracks, but her new project has finally revealed the true essence of Jhene Aiko. She fuses sounds of indie and elements of hip-hop. A 23 year-old mother from Los Angeles, she still doesn’t cage her free-spirit and right to express.

Her mellow voice puts you in a trance but the potency of her lyrics are still evident. Sailing Souls is about ins and outs of love, though accompanied by the mention of other types of stimulation and elevation. Aiko, a lover of Mary Jane, has a track titled “Higher” where she uses the metaphor of a drug-induced high to the level that her lover could reach from her capacity and intensity of love. She has features from rising stars Miguel, Kendrick Lamar and the legendary Kanye west on three seperate tracks which show her diversity in the realm of music.

Aiko has been around for quite some time, but it seems now she is starting to claim her space in the industry with no shame. She strikes me as an independent individual, completely at peace with herself and all that she wants to say. Listen to my favorite track below from Sailing Souls “My Mine.”

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