Jhené Aiko is an American singer and songwriter who began her career as a backup vocalist for the B2K, a popular R&B boy band from the late 1990s and early 2000s. To increase her celebrity, she was promoted as a cousin of one of the B2K guys (Lil’ Fizz), which was untrue. This was done to build anticipation for her upcoming debut album, “My Name Is Jhené,” due out in 2003. This album, however, was never published because the singer chose to end her contract with her record label, Sony, in order to pursue her studies.
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Jhene Aiko Biography
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo was born on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Karamo Chilombo, mother, Christina Yamamoto, and four siblings make up her middle-class family. She found growing up to be a bittersweet process. She has admitted that she still remembers the awful 1992 episode with Rodney King’s police brutality. This mistreatment sparked a riot in support of the victim. Sadly, the riot’s ferocity resulted in the deaths of over 50 individuals and the injuries of over 2000 others. Jhené Aiko had a difficult time at school as a child since she was regularly harassed for her appearance, which did not fit into the prevalent ethnic classifications. Her parents decided that she should be homeschooled as a result of this.
Regardless, her favorite aspect of her childhood was the music. When she was sad, music was her go-to way to pass the time and find comfort. She began taking music and singing classes when she was four years old. To adding to the interest, her older sisters, Jamila and Miyoko, were already well-known as members of the R&B group ‘Gyrl.’ She got the chance to show off her singing skills to then-producer Chris Stokes through her sisters when she was just five years old. Jhené Aiko has created a lot of rap songs by the time she was seven years old.
Her older sisters were already successful singers, therefore music has always affected her. She later joined the R&B boy group B2K and signed a record deal with Epic Music when she was only twelve years old. In 2002, she was also included in the group’s debut video album, Uh Huh. Surprisingly, the video took up the BET Viewer’s Choice Award. Jhené Aiko attempted to release her debut music album (My Name is Jhene) through record labels such as Sony, The Ultimate Group, and Epic in 2003, but the deal fell through and the album was never released due to differences between the labels and herself.
She also had a great desire to continue her study, therefore she opted to decline the offer. She returned to the music scene after finishing her studies by releasing a mixtape called “Sailing Souls” in 2011. Drake, Miguel, and Kanye West were among the performers. Following the mixtape’s success and a growing fan base, she was signed to Def Jam’s “Artium Record Imprints” the following year. “Sail Out,” her debut EP, was published in November 2013 and went on to become the No. 1 R&B album of the year. “Trip,” her follow-up album, was released in 2017.
Aiko clearly does not fit well into any popular racial classification, and this is due to the fact that she is of mixed ancestry. Her father, pediatrician Karamo Chilombo, is of African American, Native American, Jewish, and German ancestry. Her mother, Christina Yamamoto, on the other hand, is of Japanese, Dominican, and Spanish descent.
She has four siblings: two sisters (Jamila Akiko Mila Chilombo and Miyoko Chilombo) and two brothers (Jamila Akiko Mila Chilombo and Miyoko Chilombo) (Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo and Jahi Chilombo). Miyagi Hasani, her younger brother, died on April 19, 2012, following a long fight with cancer. Aiko wrote a song for him called “For My Brother” before he passed away. Soon after listening to it, he gave up the ghost. Her father’s side also has three other half-siblings. Dio Chilombo, Kareena Chilombo, and Marcia Chilombo are their names.
Jhené Aiko is a stunning woman who has been in a slew of partnerships since she rose to prominence in her chosen career. She began dating O’Ryan, a well-known R&B musician, in 2005, and the two welcomed a daughter named Namiko Love on November 19, 2008. In the same year, her daughter was born, she and boyfriend, O’Ryan called it quits with their relationship.
The couple was still on good terms after their breakup, and they took turns co-parenting their children. On the 27th of August 2013, a great tragedy was averted when she, her older sister Miyoko, her daughter Namiko, and ex-boyfriend O’Ryan were all involved in a car accident. Thankfully, no one was killed, and she only suffered a fractured wrist and had to have her chin stitched.
On March 16, 2016, it was revealed that the star had secretly married her husband, Oladipo “Dot da Genius” Omishore. Late in 2015, the two began dating. Unfortunately, Aiko filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences after only a year of marriage. In October of 2017, the marriage was finally dissolved. Following her divorce from her husband, Oladipo, Aiko is dating Big Sean.