Do not reduce Jhené Aiko to her on-again, off-again relationship with Detroit’s own Big Sean (despite her prominent portrait tattoo of the “Blessings” rapper) — the girl can hold her own.
The L.A. native has come a long way since her Sailing Soul(s) mixtape days. Last year, Aiko dropped her sophomore record Trip, a rolling exploration of the word as it is heavily influenced by the death of her brother in 2012. “[The album is] inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” Aiko has said of the record. “It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”
Now if only Aiko would ditch her Chris Brown collabs…
Jhene Aiko will perform at Chene Park on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-7128; cheneparkdetroit.com; Tickets start at $36.
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