“Trip” by Jhené Aiko is one of the best R&B albums of 2017 but unfortunately this album was massively overlooked. It’s the follow up to 2014’s “Souled Out” and partially continues the same journey as its predecessor but is ultimately a concept album based on all the different trips you can experience. Jhené has experienced trauma (the passing of her brother Miyagi), the spiralling after this and her healing process. “Trip” feels like a glimpse into Jhené’s diary, that also caused me to reflect, which I’m no stranger to when listening to her music.
The 22 track album was produced by Jhené, Dot da Genius, Fisticuffs, No. I.D. amongst others and features guest appearances by Swae Lee, Big Sean, Kurupt, Brandy and so on. Alongside the autobiographical film “Trip” she released “While We’re Young” and “Sativa (remix)” feat. Rae Sremmurd, which were the main singles to promote the album. Following that, Jhené released two visuals to one of the best diss tracks EVER “Never Call Me” feat Kurupt.
My favourite songs from the album are “Never Call Me”, “New Balance”, “You Are Here” and “Trip” feat. Mali Music. My favourite music video is the “Never Call Me” Slauson Hills Edition, which features Kurupt, the late Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy and more.
“Trip” is predominantly an R&B album but it also delves into electronic and trip hop. It’s a bit broader in the exploration of other genres but I would definitely like to hear Jhené delve into other genres. This album ranks high for me in Jhené’s discography and I’m looking forward to her possibly dropping another album or EP this year. Until then, “Never Call Me” stays on repeat!