Yoooo readers of this blog itsmarcelj and I always love a talented family. Now if you’re looking at the post title and have no idea where this post is going… I’m not here to break the news that I’m starting a band with my siblings that will rival Jackson 5. No worries that’s a post for the future (when I have talent) but I wanted to discuss an artist I’ve loved for a few years now and another that I feel will take over my most played playlist in a month or two. Jhene Aiko and Mila J, sisters with two distinct sounds that are dominating the urban radio waves.
Now my love for Jhene Aiko started in 2011 when I heard her mixtape “Sailing Soul(s)”. Starting it off with the track “Stranger”, Aiko had this relaxing tone to her voice and the repetitive beat in the background almost puts you into a trance when you really get into the music. After that song I realized the rest of the tape had a similar vibe and I liked how Aiko convened her thoughts into her music and created this dope image of herself as a “R&B Hippie” type artist. I still go back to “Space Jam” and “Popular” from time to time but Aiko slowly began to gain popularity as she put out more music and when she released her e.p Sail Out Nov. 12, 2013, everyone finally seemed to realize what I figured out awhile ago, this is what should be playing on the radio. “The Worst” made it to Billboards Top 100 and I still hear it sometimes when I’m playing the radio.
Jhene Aiko is readying her debut album “Souled Out” set to come out next month on the 25th and I can’t wait to hear what Aiko has been working on but her sister is starting to make waves from what most think out of nowhere.
With a completely different look and sound, Mila J has been in the industry since the 90s, being in girl groups and figuring out who she was as an “artist”. It looks like Mila is ready to show the world who she is, releasing her first single “Smoke, Drink, Break -Up” after gaining some fans from a successful mixtape and music videos. The single reminds me of why people love music from the 90s; the beat knocks, and the lyrics are something everyone can relate when they’re in a relationship that is obviously so bad but something is there that makes them stay. While “Smoke, Drink, Break Up” makes it way up the R&B/Hip charts, Mila is working on her debut M.I.L.A (Made In Los Angeles), and some dope features with artists like B.o.B and Usher; Mila just announced an M.I.L.A EP due in September.
I’m excited to hear what these females will bring to the table with their projects and how the music world reacts to these artists. What are your thoughts on Jhene Aiko and Mila J? Do you seem them making more waves in the future? Let me know below!