Trip (Jhené Aiko album)

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Trip
Jhené Aiko - Trip.png
Studio album by Jhené Aiko
Released September 22, 2017
Recorded 2015–17
Genre
Length 85:26
90:50 (Target Exclusive version)
Label
Producer
Jhené Aiko chronology
Twenty88
(2016)Twenty882016
Trip
(2017)
Alternative cover
Cover art for physical versions
Cover art for physical versions
Singles from Trip
  1. "While We're Young"
    Released: June 9, 2017
  2. "Hello Ego"
    Released: July 16, 2017
  3. "Sativa"
    Released: January 22, 2018
  4. "Never Call Me"
    Released: August 2, 2018

Trip is the second studio album by American singer Jhené Aiko. It was released on September 22, 2017, by ARTium and Def Jam Recordings.[1] It succeeds Aiko's debut album Souled Out (2014), which was released three years prior, and the collaborative album Twenty88 (2016), while releasing numerous non-album singles in between.

The album contains production from frequent collaborators Dot da Genius, Fisticuffs, No I.D. and Key Wane, along with several other record producers such as Amaire Johnson, Frank Dukes, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Mike Zombie. It includes guest appearances from Big Sean, Swae Lee, Kurupt, Brandy, Mali Music, Aiko's father, with the moniker, Dr. Chill, Aiko's daughter, Namiko Love and Chris Brown.

The album was released without prior announcement, supported by the lead single "While We're Young". Other singles include "Hello Ego" featuring Chris Brown, "Sativa" featuring Rae Sremmurd,[2] and "Never Call Me" featuring YG.

Background[edit]

In September 2014, Aiko released her debut album, Souled Out, which was met with critical success. In 2016, Aiko collaborated with American rapper Big Sean for the 8-track album Twenty88 as a duo under the same name. Trip was originally announced in under the name TRIP 17, creating anticipation with non-album singles such as "Maniac", "First Fuck" with 6lack, and "Hello Ego" with Chris Brown between 2016 throughout early and mid-2017.[3]

In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Jhené Aiko spoke on the album, stating: "[The album is] inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic. I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together."[4]

Composition[edit]

Music and lyrics[edit]

According to Pitchfork, Trip is a concept album that "aims to translate the hallucinogenic highs of weed, LSD, and shrooms into sound", with "Aiko’s voice [blending] well into the spare, psychedelia-inspired productions".[5]

Promotion[edit]

A 23-minute autobiographical film titled after the album was released a day before Trip on September 21, 2017, co-directed by Aiko.[6]

On October 11, 2017, Aiko announced a headlining North American concert tour in support of the album titled "Trip (The Tour)" with Willow Smith, Kitty Cash and Kodie Shane that will take place in November and December 2017, and a European leg was later announced. Aside from her own tour, Aiko toured with American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey during January 2018 on the LA to the Moon Tour.[7]

Singles[edit]

"While We're Young", premiered on June 8, 2017, along with its music video directed by Jay Ahn.[8][9] It was released for digital download as the album's lead single on June 9.[10]

The second single, a remix of "Sativa" featuring Rae Sremmurd, was released on January 22, 2018. It Peaked At Number 74 At The Billboard Hot 100

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX3.3/5[11]
Pitchfork6.7/10[5]

Trey Alston of HipHopDX believed the album to be "a moody yet breezy continuation of [Aiko's] established aesthetic that ultimately lacks growth of her musical capabilities".[11] In a positive review of the album, Pitchfork stated: "Trip works because it isn't just about self-medicating or journeying through a grief-ridden mind."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 37,000 album-equivalent units with 10,000 in traditional album sales in its first week of release.[12] This became her fourth consecutive top ten debut on the chart. The album also debuted at number four on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Jhené Aiko's official website.[13]

Trip[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."LSD"1:45
2."Jukai"
  • Chilombo
  • Brian Warfield
  • Maclean Robinson
Fisticuffs4:16
3."While We're Young"
  • Chilombo
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
Fisticuffs3:56
4."Moments" (featuring Big Sean)
Johnson2:58
5."OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive)" (featuring Twenty88)
  • Chilombo
  • Johnson
  • Anderson
Johnson5:48
6."When We Love"
  • Chilombo
Noel Cadastre4:22
7."Sativa" (featuring Swae Lee)
  • Chilombo
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
  • Aaquil Brown
  • Khalif Brown
Fisticuffs4:36
8."New Balance"
  • Chilombo
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le
  • Omishore
  • Dot da Genius
  • Viet Le
4:39
9."Newer Balance (Freestyle)"
  • Chilombo
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
1:05
10."You Are Here"
  • Chilombo
  • Johnson
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
  • Johnson
  • Fisticuffs[a]
3:39
11."Never Call Me" (featuring Kurupt)4:30
12."Nobody"
  • Chilombo
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
  • Omishore
  • Fisticuffs
  • Dot da Genius[a]
4:16
13."Overstimulated"
5:19
14."Bad Trip (Interlude)"
  • Chilombo
  • Omishore
  • Johnson
  • Dot da Genius
  • Johnson[b]
1:59
15."Oblivion (Creation)" (featuring Dr. Chill)
  • Chilombo
  • Johnson
  • Johnson
  • Jhené Aiko[b]
5:50
16."Psilocybin (Love in Full Effect)" (featuring Dr. Chill)
  • Chilombo
  • Johnson
7:46
17."Mystic Journey (Freestyle)"
No I.D.2:07
18."Picture Perfect (Freestyle)"
  • Chilombo
  • Viet Le
Viet Le3:09
19."Sing to Me" (featuring Namiko Love)Key Wane2:27
20."Frequency"Mali Music3:50
21."Ascension" (featuring Brandy)
  • Chilombo
  • Omishore
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
  • Fisticuffs
  • Dot da Genius[a]
3:33
22."Trip" (featuring Mali Music)
  • Pollard
  • Chilombo
Mali Music3:36
Total length:85:26

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[14]

  • Jhené Aiko – vocals, recording arrangement
  • Amaire Johnson – production, keyboard, vocoder, ocarina
  • Andre Troutman- Talkbox
  • Benny Blanco – production
  • Big Sean – vocals, recording arrangement
  • Brandy – vocals
  • Brian Warfield – engineering, keyboard
  • Casey Cuayo – engineering assistance
  • Cashmere Cat – production
  • Chris Johnson – trombone (tracks 5, 6, 15, 16)
  • Christian Plata – engineering
  • Dave Nakaji – mixing assistance
  • David Meyers Jr. – drums (tracks 13, 15)
  • Doc Allison – cello
  • Doc Allison – cello (track 13)
  • Dot da Genius – production
  • Dr. Chill – vocals
  • Frank Dukes – production
  • Felix Oquendo – saxophone (tracks 6, 15, 16)
  • Fisticuffs – production, engineering
  • Gracie Sprout – harp (tracks 13, 15)
  • Gregg Rominiecki – mixing
  • Iván Jiménez – assistant mixing
  • Jamelle Adisa – trumpet (tracks 5, 6, 15, 16)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Jim Caruana – engineering
  • John Mayer – production, bass, guitar, electric guitar
  • John Ralph Orlow – drum programming
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le – production, keyboard
  • Keith Mckelley – tenor saxophone (tracks 5, 6, 15, 16)
  • Key Wane – production
  • Kurupt – vocals
  • Mali Music – vocals, production, recording arrangement
  • Martin Fredriksson – bass, percussion (tracks 15, 16)
  • Maximilian Jaeger – engineering
  • Maxwell Karmazyn – strings (track 15)
  • Mike Zombie – production
  • Namiko Love – vocals
  • Nicholas Kennerly – strings (track 15)
  • Noel Cadastre – production
  • No I.D. – production
  • Peter Lee Johnson – talk box
  • Robert "Bubby" Lewis – bass (track 15, 16, 19)
  • Sojung Lee – guitar
  • Swae Lee – vocals, recording arrangement
  • Trakgirl – production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 171
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 36
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 81
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[19] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 56
US Billboard 200[21] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[22] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trip by Jhené Aiko on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jhené Aiko Releases Surprise Album Trip". The Fader. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jhené Aiko announces sophomore solo album". REVOLT. August 30, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Jhene Aiko Drops New Album 'Trip,' f/ Big Sean, Swae Lee, and More". September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Younger, Briana (October 5, 2017). "Jhene Aiko: Trip Album Reivew". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Watch Jhene Aiko's Emotional Journey in Her New Short Film 'Trip'". Billboard. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jhene Aiko announces her upcoming Trip tour". The Fader. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "New Music: Jhené Aiko – 'While We're Young'". Rap-Up. June 8, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Video: Jhené Aiko – 'While We're Young'". Rap-Up. June 9, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "While We're Young - Single by Jhené Aiko on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Alston, Trey (October 2, 2017). "Review: For Better Or Worse, Jhené Aiko's "Trip" Is Drenched In "Same 'Ol"". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The First Week Numbers for Macklemore and Jhené Aiko's New Albums Are In". complex.com. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Trip Credits". tripthealbum.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Trip / Jhené Aiko TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Jhene Aiko - Trip (Target Exclusive) (2 Disc)". Target. 
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Jhené Aiko – Trip" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "Jhené Aiko Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Jhené Aiko – Trip" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 2, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  21. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 1, 2017). "The Killers Earn First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Wonderful Wonderful'". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Jhene Aiko Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2017.