Still waters run deep.

Jhené Aiko is not your average R&B starlet. Last year her Sail Out EP debuted at No. 1 on the R&B charts, and her debut album Souled Out is one of the most anticipated releases of 2014. Def Jam exec No ID says the former child star now represents what he calls a "new R&B," praising the "witty rap complexities" in her music. Jhené is an enigmatic singer and songwriter with a unique vocal tone and an undeniable allure that assures her duets with the likes of Drake, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar are charged with a palpable sense of excitement. Yet somehow the cool California native remains calm and humble even as she racks up career milestones by the day.

For her first ever Complex cover story, Jhené jetted down to Jamaica for a tropical getaway amidst natural beauty that nearly rivals her own. Senior Editor Rob Kenner made the trip from frozen NYC down to Jamrock to find out what keeps Jhené's ship sailing smoothly along. Photographer Marcus Hyde found a way to capture the staggering visuals around Rockhouse in Negril—presented here as a fully immersive digital experience. You can find Complex's April/May issue on newsstands a few weeks from now, or you can kick off your shoes and jump into this Jhené Aiko cover story right now.

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