On March 6th, 2020 Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo released her third studio album “Chilombo”. Jhené worked on this album in the hills of Hawaii and went deep into her emotions while staying zen and grounded. The album has twenty songs most of which involve the topic of heartbreak. However, the album still manages to sound soothing, which was one of Jhené’s goals with this project. She surrounded herself with crystals, incense and singing bowls. With the goal of self-discovery, self-love and self-care Jhené created an album revolved around pain that still lifts you. Every song on this album features the ancient sounds of singing bowls that are meant to balance your chakras and soothe worry and anxiety. Perfect timing for an album like this.
With all the craziness going on in the world right now and people being isolated and anxious it’s nice to hear something relaxing at times. Sink yourself into something that you enjoy doing, reading or maybe even watching and let Jhené’s album play in the background. I listened to this album for the first time a couple of days ago when the media craziness got crazier as always and it was pouring rain outside, grey skies and everything, and still I felt surprisingly calm. You can really hear the Hawaiian Island sound she added on every track. This album truly sounds like a spiritual journey Jhené embarked on and channeled into the music. It is always nice to feel emotions in artists music. It makes it feel so much more personal and gives listeners the opportunity to connect to the music emotionally themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed every feature on this album as well including amazing artists such as: Nas, John Legend, Future & Miguel, Ty Dolla Sign, H.E.R., Ab-Soul, Dr. Chill and Big Sean.
The song she made with Big Sean, “None Of Your Concern” was one of my personal favorites and it definitely hit home in the heartbreak department. I almost didn’t expect him to come into the song. I actually did not read the title of the song when I listened to it. The song is 4 minutes and 19 seconds and Big Sean didn’t come in until 1 minute before it was over rapping the other perspective of the song. Absolutely loved that. Ab-Soul and Nas gave me a heavy 90s rap vibe with their verses, smooth and lowkey yet killing it at the same time. I could sit here and break down all the songs on this album that I love (which is basically every song) and why I love it, or you could grab your headphones, make yourself a hot beverage, get off the internet for once and listen to it yourself from top to bottom. It’s important to stay grounded at this time of panic and hysteria. This is the perfect album to relax to and get your mind off of everything for like 2 seconds. She created it for that purpose: healing. So heal with Jhené Aiko’s “Chilombo”.