So I was people watching at lunch like I usually do, and these two girls next to me were arguing over whether or not Jhene Aiko’s career would end up like Cassie’s.
First and foremost, I couldn’t really fathom that this was the conversation they were having. We got people eating faces out here and selling bath salts on the corner, and we talking bout baby voiced Asian singers?! Anyway, I guess it wasn’t too dumb since it’s still on my mind.
If you don’t know, Jhene Aiko is the sister of another baby voiced Asian Mila J. They also have older sisters who were in an R&B group that toured with Immature. The Chris Stokes possibly touched me and Aiko family apparently were close, close enough where Jhene started appearing on B2K Christmas albums and later on went to have a kid with Omarion’s brother.
You should know Cassie’s story by now. Pretty girl who can’t sing until she’s locked in a studio with Ryan Leslie who basically teaches her to sing EXACTLY like him. Don’t get me wrong, that first album had some good songs, but we’re not calling her up to do VH1 Divas anytime soon. Short-lived and mediocre as it was, it was enough for her to become Diddy’s side chick, resulting in a life that’s probably better than 90 % of ours.
So will Miss. Aiko go down the same route? No…well I hope not.
Unlike Cassie, she can hold a note longer than 4 seconds and has a versatile style of different songs she can sing over. She also has an eclectic style of music, her mixtape/album “sailing (s)ouls” is one of the best chill mixtapes of 2011. She’s not the Elle Varner type who’s gonna annoy you with vocal just because she has them, and she sings music that fits well with her singing.
She signed a deal with Atrium (No I.D.’s label) in December, and with good management and some nice in home Def Jam features (Which is everyone within the past year) I think Jhene has a nice little career in front of her.
But Cassie wins because she doesn’t have a kid with OMARION’S BROTHER!! I’m not calling that man “Maybach O” either, so chill!