Label: Def Jam
Jhene Aiko's debut album has been a long time coming. The Los Angelino singer/songwriter has actually been in the music business for about 10 years now, doing everything from contributing vocals on B2K projects back in the early 2000s to singing hooks on songs like Big Sean's "Beware," Drake's "From Time," and J. Cole's "Sparks Will Fly" in 2013.
But in 2014, Aiko is going to set sail on her own for the first time. She did drop a solo EP, Sail Out, last year to give us a taste of what's to come, but she says that her debut album is going to get way deeper than that project did. "The music is more intricate and there are live instruments," she said in a recent Idolator interview. "I feel like everything is on another level." —Chris Yuscavage