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Jhené Aiko Covers VIBE, Calls Herself A “Hip-Hop Sade” [Photos]


Flower child Jhené Aiko is the latest songstress to cover VIBE magazine.

Inside the Summer Issue, Aiko is profiled as a modern-day hippie with an unfiltered voice that appeals to the heartbroken, rebellious and free-spirited.


Jhené is a modern-day hippy. Her moody melodies about all things tender (love, sex) and taboo (abortion, suicidal thoughts) have made her an unfiltered voice for 20-something rebels—and heartbroken millennials consider her debut project, 2011’s sailing soul(s), to be an emo manifesto. If Drake is the king of feelings, a rapper whose exes get prime real estate, then Jhené is the woman’s side of the story. But it’s more than just male-bashing anthems. “Drake’s a conversation with a woman on a level of honesty,” says producer No I.D., who signed Jhené to his Def Jam imprint, Artium, in 2011. “Jhené represents the woman who talks to herself and deals with the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the spiritual and the ghetto.”

The 26-year-old singer, who referred to herself as a “Hip-Hop Sade,” also delves deep into the content of her music, which often explores her dark sides. “I’ve never killed a guy, and I’ve never went to jail, but those are the things I have to get out of my head some way,” she says to VIBE. “It’s writing a song and then turning my crazy thoughts into those moments where I’m like, I could really do that, but I’m not going to.”

For full story visit HERE. Peep her full cover below and more of her spread on the following pages.


Photos: VIBE

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  • … :)

    Sade can actually sing… what is this chick thinking??? lmaoooo

    • smittyt

      I’m sorry but Sade cannot sing she just talk and have a good band behind her but she can’t sing a lick.Even the people overseas where she’s from said she can’t sing.

      • Brittany

        oh hell no

      • poetic

        Right…plus she sounds like a man when she speaks.

      • Aang


  • Brittany

    most people know who Sade is. She’s been in the game and relevant 30+ years and has HIT SONGS and Grammy’s. Who the f is Jhene Aiko?

    • poetic

      She is not God and neither is Sade. They are both artists. Who cares Sade is 50+ now it is Jhene’s time to shine.

      • Aang


  • Aang