|Birth name||Jamila Akiko Chilombo|
|Also known as||Jamila, Mila J, Japollonia|
November 18, 1983 |
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Rapper|
|Years active||1991-2009, 2012 - Present|
|Labels||TUG, Silent Partner, Universal Motown (2006 - Present) ([disambiguation needed]|
|Associated acts||Marques Houston, IMx, Omarion, Gyrl, Dame Four|
Jamila Akiko Chilombo (born November 18, 1983) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer. She released several singles in 2006-2009 under the name "Mila J," and then went on a hiatus for a number of years before returning as "Japollonia" in 2012.
Jamila was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Christina Yamamoto and Dr. Karamo Chilombo (birth name Greg Barnes), a pediatrician. Her parents later divorced. She is of mixed race background—her mother is of Japanese, Spanish, and Dominican descent, while her father is of African American, Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, and German Jewish descent. She also has French ancestry. She has four full-siblings named Miyoko, Jahi, Miyagi (who died in July 2012 after a two year battle with cancer) and singer Jhene Aiko. She also has three paternal half-siblings named Marcia, Dio, and Kareena.
From a young age, Jamila was part of a dance group and first came to the attention of Chris Stokes as a dancer in Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls" video in 1991. She and her sister Miyoko were in the R&B group Gyrl, managed by Stokes and toured with Immature, who were signed to MCA/Silas Records.
The "Gyrl" group was formed by Jamila, Miyoko and Paulette Maxwell. When they were backup dancers for Immature, the name of group was Innocence. Like dancers, they appeared in the videos "Da Munchies", "Constantly", "Constantly" (the remix version), and "I Don't Mind". After the debut single "Play Another Slow Jam" in 1995, Paulette left the group.
In 2005, she was also a member of the girl group Dame Four, with Tomasina Parrot, Tennille Mathis & Mercedes Nelson, who released a single "How We Roll".
Mila J (2006-2009)
After appearing on tracks by RaRa, IMx, and Omarion, Jamila was set to release a 2006 solo album "Split Personality" under the name Mila J. The album featured a number of appearances from artists on the T.U.G. roster and its associates, including Marques Houston, Young Rome, Rufus Blaq, and The Underdogs.
She performed two songs from the album at Showtime at the Apollo.
In 2012 Jamila redefined herself by changing her name and appearance from the soft feminine Mila J to the rough-around-the-edges Japollonia. She released a mixtape for free download through Datpiff, supported by a music video, "Blinded."
Mila is currently now signed to Motown Records and released a single called "Smoke, Drink, Break Up" with an accompanied music video for it that is going to be released soon.
- 1995: Play Another Slow Jam - Single
- 1995: Play Another Slow Jam (Remix)
- 1997: Get Your Groove On - Single
- 1997: Get Your Groove On - at Promo Only Urban Series: April 1997 (compilation)
With Dame Four
- 2005: How We Roll - Single
- 2005: Maybe (feat. Chingy) - The 12" Files (promo)
- 2005: I Like It (feat RaRa (4), Marques Houston)- Blackjam Vol. 10 (unofficial release, as Dame)
As Mila J
- 2000: Throw It Up - RaRa (4) Featuring IMx And Mila J (promo)
- 2001: Clap Your Hands (Radio Edit w/ Rap)- IMX feat. Mila J - Promo Only Urban Radio: August 2001 (promo)
- 2005: Take It Off - Omarion feat Mila J - Blackjam Vol. 10 (Unofficial Release)
- 2006: Complete/ I'm Mi - Single
- 2006: Good Lookin Out (feat. Marques Houston) - Single
- 2006: No More Complaining - Single
- 2006: Split Personality - unreleased album
- 2010: I Should Be (feat. Mila J) - No More Girlfights Mixtape from Brooke Valentine
- 2013: Movin On - Single
- 2012: My Type of Party: The Remix - Dom Kennedy feat. Japollonia - Single
- 2012: Original Music From the Motion Picture: BATTLEFIELD AMERICA Soundtrack Mixtape Volume 1 Jahil Beats presents Mila J: JAPOLLONIA
- 2013: Japollonia *Aka* Mila J Battlefield America Slowed & Chopped Remix - Mixtape
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