Jhene Aiko has been in the music scene since the early 2000s. From appearances in B2K music videos to become the angelic, soothing singer that many contemporary R&B music lovers enjoy today. Over a decade, Jhene Aiko has experienced the highs and lows of being in the music industry. Since 2011, Jhene has been on a steady rise with her career.
Jhene Aiko Net Worth 2019: $1.3 Million
As of 2019 Jhene Aiko is worth an estimated high of $1 million. Jhene’s net worth has often been disputed to be between $500,000 up to $1 million due to the delayed start to her career. Jhene has accumulated her wealth since the early 2000s primarily from singing. She has often been a featured vocalist for other R&B and hip hop artists such as: B2K, Big Sean, 6lack and even Childish Gambino.
Childhood & Early Life (1988 – 2002)FayesVision/WENN
Jhene Aiko Efuru Chilombo was born on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest between her two older sisters Miyoko and Jamila- also known as R&B singer Mila J, as well as an older brother Miyagi. As her father, Karamo Chilombo, is a pediatrician Jhene and her family enjoyed a middle-class background in Los Angeles. Growing up Jhene had an inclination for singing and writing, therefore at the age of 12 she signed a deal to Epic Records. Thus her career began to take off.
Early Career (2002 – 2011)FayesVision/WENN
At the age of 12 Jhene was signed to Epic Records under Sony where she started off as a featured vocalist on various projects, most notably on the album B2K: The Remixes – Volume I. Her association with B2K became the earliest exposure of Jhene to the wider music scene, especially as during this time she was known as the cousin of B2K’s Lil Fizz- it would later be revealed that the two were of no familial relation to one another, however, the marketing ploy would succeed in boosting the budding star’s visibility. In the summer of 2003, Jhene toured with the group for the Scream Tour III. Jhene was also featured in the Take It Slow music video for singer O’Ryan, who is the younger brother of B2K’s Omarion as well as the father of his and Jhene’s daughter Namiko.
While working extensively with B2K Jhene was working on her debut album under Epic Records, however, the album never released due to differences leading to Jhene leaving the label. During this time, then 15-year-old Jhene decided to take a break from the professional music world and continue her education.
On November 19, 2008, 20-year-old Jhene gave birth to her and O’Ryan’s daughter Namiko Love. The singer has remarked that although the pregnancy was not expected her daughter was a blessing nonetheless.
After six years out of the industry, Jhene released a mixtape produced by Fisticuffs on March 16, 2011, her 23rd birthday, entitled Sailing Soul(s). Still having connections within the recording industry the mixtape featured artists such as: Miguel, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Kanye West. Jhene Aiko had returned.
Sail Out & Souled Out (2012 – 2015)
Shortly after the release of Sailing Soul(s) Jhene was signed to ARTium Records through Def Jam Records. During this time of happiness, tragedy would strike as Jhene’s brother Miyagi passed away from cancer in July of 2012.
Under ARTium with producer No I.D. that Jhene would release her debut EP Sail Out on November 12, 2013. Prior to the full release of the EP, the track “3:16AM” was released almost a full year in advance. Sail Out was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 57th Annual Grammys. The EP also spawned the popular tracks “The Worst” (later nominated for a Grammy in 2015) and “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)”.
On September 8, 2014 Jhene released her debut full-length album Souled Out. Riding off of the high of Sail Out, Souled Out debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 as it sold 70,000 copies in its first week and debuting at #1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and US R&B Albums. Following soon after, Jhene collaborated with Omarion and Chris Brown on the hit “Posed To Be” giving the iconic line: “I might let your boy chauffeur me, but he gotta eat the booty like groceries”.
Twenty88 & Trip (2015 – Present)Sakura/WENN
In 2015 Jhene was nominated for three Grammy awards for Best R&B Song for “The Worst”, Best Urban Contemporary Album for the Sail Out EP as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Blak Majik” with rapper Common.
In March of 2016, Jhene teamed up with Big Sean once again- amid dating rumors- for the collaborative duet called “Twenty88” and releasing an album under the same name. The album was available on TIDAL for four days before being available for download on other platforms on April 1, 2016.
Between 2016 and 2017 Jhene released a number of singles such as: “Maniac”, “First F***” with 6lack and “While We’re Young” released June 9, 2017 as the lead single for her second studio album Trip released September 22, 2017, which also spawned the hit track “Sativa” featuring one half of the duo Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee.