Jhene Aiko showcases a spiritual awakening in new video
Along with FKA TWigs and Tinashe, Jhene Aiko represents a new breed of female R&B artists, ones with an individualistic edge and a unique take on their own musical genre.
The 27-year-old rising star has just dropped her newest visual, Lyin King, and the video depicts a journey of discovery, spirituality and cultural appreciation. Check it out:
Aiko offered an interpretation of the video's story:
“A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble. The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women’s hearts and voices. The women are powerless. The children are suffering. The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village. Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back. The men of this early tribe are not pleased. With the men of the tribe’s attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back. The chief is infuriated. The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief. The chief is intrigued and frightened. What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different. After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity. The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him.”
- Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
The song isn't new, it's from her 2014 breakthrough album Souled Out. The video was released as a one year anniversary commemoration. Should we expect new Jhene material soon?