Lovely and talented songstress Jhené Aiko has announced a launch date of March 6, 2020, for what will be her third solo album, a project titled Chilombo, a shout out to her family name, Jhené Chilombo.
Her beau, Big Sean (real name Sean Anderson), responded to the news on Instagram where he sweetly wrote under the post announcing the album, “It’s already a classic too 🔥🔥🔥.”
Following the announcement Aiko chopped up with her fans with an #Ask Jhené session on Twitter and answered an array of questions (including a few mean ones) with a mix of candid, funny and thoughtful responses.
When one fan wondered why she took a different approach with Chilombo‘s album art, Aiko wrote, “took it on the set of none of your concern… the scarf was made by an artist who makes scarfs based on the chakras… this one represents the solar plexus, the source of personal power and authentic self… i saw the pic and said… yes, this is the cover.” She then added, “always was self conscious about my face and my scar so i always had a cober where i was far away… but this is me, and i love me #CHILOMBO.”
Not surprisingly, Aiko was asked about Sean’s lyrics in “None of Your Concern,” in which he brags about giving Aiko nine orgasms in one day. When asked if Sean’s claims were true, Aiko responded with a smile-face emoji, “it was a collaborative effort.”
Other tidbits? Aiko “likes dogs” but is “obsessed with cats,” takes a poop twice a day, uses Essential Faith Oil perfume and says to expect additional collaborations with her father, Dr. Karamo Chilombo (birth name Greg Barnes) aka Dr. Chill.
Aiko was also asked quite a bit about other musicians. When asked to list her favorite song by Sean, she responded, “this new one y’all aint heard yet. She also mentioned Billie Eilish (real name Billie O’Connell), Summer Walker and Roddy Rich (real name Rodrick Moore Jr.) as three new artists she’s enjoying as of late. She listed “2 On” as her favorite Tinashe [Kachingwe] song and expressed a wish to work with Pharrell [Williams] and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes. As for her thoughts on Ariana Grande, Aiko simply wrote, “amazing voice.” She also agreed with a fan who said a collab with The Weeknd (real name [Abel Tesfaye] would be a great thing.
As for her own song-writing process, Aiko explained, “Introverted. chaotic at times. sometimes feels like downloads from other realms, other times just feels like im saying exactly how i feel in that moment… i wake up to write things down… lots of voice memos in the car when a rhyme comes to me.”
Below, check out Aiko’s album announcement, along with highlights from her #AskJhene session on Twitter.