Trip (Jhené Aiko album)

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Trip
Jhené Aiko - Trip.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2017
Recorded2015–17
Studio
  • Fisticuff's Gym (Culver City, CA)
  • Your Mom's House (Culver City, CA)
  • 4420 Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
  • United Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
Genre
Length85:26
90:50 (Target Exclusive version)
Label
Producer
Jhené Aiko chronology
Twenty88
(2016)
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. "Sativa"
    Released: January 22, 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, Rae Sremmurd, 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 explains "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 32,000 album-equivalent units with pure album sales of 10,000 copies.[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. On November 29, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In 2018, Trip was ranked as the 126th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Jhené Aiko's official website.[14]

Trip[15]
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 and Aiko's website.[14][15]

Performance
  • Jhené Aiko - primary artist
  • Big Sean - featured artist (track 4)
  • Twenty88 - featured artist (track 5)
  • Swae Lee - featured artist (track 7)
  • Kurupt - featured artist (track 11)
  • Dr. Chill - featured artist (tracks 15 and 16)
  • Namiko Love - featured artist (track 19)
  • Brandy - featured artist (track 21)
  • Mali Music - featured artist (track 22)
  • 6LACK - vocals (track 23)
  • Chris Brown - featured artist (track 24)
Instrumentation
  • Doc Allison – cello (tracks 2, 13, 21)
  • Chris Johnson - trombone (tracks 5-6, 15, and 16)
  • Sojung Lee - guitar (track 5)
  • Jamelle Adisa - trumpet (tracks 5-6, 15, and 16)
  • Keith McKelley - tenor saxophone (tracks 5-6, 15, and 16)
  • Peter Lee Johnson - Talk box (track 5)
  • Felix Oquendo - saxophone (tracks 6, 15, and 16)
  • John Mayer - bass (tracks 8 and 9), guitar (track 8), electric guitar (track 9)
  • David Meyers, Jr. - drums (tracks 13 and 15)
  • Gracie Spout - Harp (tracks 13, 15, and 24)
  • Amaire Johnson - Ocarina (track 14)
  • Bubby - bass (tracks 15-16, and 19)
  • Martin Fredriksson - bass (tracks 15 and 16), percussion (track 15)
  • Maxwell Karmazyn - strings (track 15)
  • Nicholas Kennerly - strings (track 15)
Production
  • Jhené Aiko - executive production, production (tracks 15 and 16), additional production (tracks 15 and 16)
  • Taz - executive production
  • Fisticuffs - co-executive production, production (tracks 2-3, 7, 10, 12, 21), co-production (tracks 10, 21, and 24)
  • Amaire Johnson - co-executive production, production (tracks 4-5, 10-11, 13-16), additional production (tracks 11, 13, and 14)
  • Dot da Genius - production (tracks 1, 8, 12, 14, 21, 23, and 24), co-production (track 12)
  • Noel Cadastre - production (track 6)
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le - production (track 7)
  • John Mayer - production (track 9)
  • Benny Blanco - production (track 11)
  • Cashmere Cat - production (track 11)
  • Frank Dukes - production (track 11)
  • Mike Zombie - production (track 13)
  • Trakgirl - production (track 13)
  • No I.D. - production (track 17)
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le - production (track 18)
  • KeY Wane - production (track 19)
  • Mali Music - production (tracks 20 and 22)
  • Mike Moore - additional production (track 1)
  • Woodro Skillson - additional production (track 23)
Technical
  • John Ralph Orlow - drum programming (track 5)
  • Amaire Johnson - keyboards (track 6), additional keyboards (tracks 3, 19, and 20)
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le - additional keyboards (tracks 3 and 21)
  • Brian Warfield - additional keyboards (track 15), recording engineering (track 17)
  • Gregg Rominiecki - mixing (tracks 1, 5, 7, 20-22)
  • Jaycen Joshua - mixing (tracks 2-19, and 23)
  • Dave Nakaji - mixing assistance (tracks 2-19, 23, and 24)
  • Iván Jiménez - mixing assistance (tracks 2-19, 23, and 24)
  • Fisticuffs - recording engineering (tracks 1-3, 6-10, 13-14, 18, 21-24), engineering (tracks 11, 15-17, and 20)
  • Jim Caruana - recording engineering (tracks 1-2, 4, 6-17, 19-22)
  • Christian Plata - recording engineering (tracks 1-3, 6-10, 12-14, 18, 21-24), additional mixing (track 8)
  • Maximilian Jaeger - recording engineering (tracks 14, 18, and 22)
  • Casey Cuayo - recording engineering assistance (tracks 1-2, 4-8, 10-17, 19-23)
  • Jhené Aiko - recording arrangement (tracks 1-2, 4-8, 11-22)
  • Big Sean - recording arrangement (track 4)
  • Swae Lee - recording arrangement (track 7)
  • Mali Music - recording arrangement (tracks 20 and 22)
  • 6LACK - recording arrangement (track 23)
  • Chris Brown - recording arrangement (track 24)
  • Dave Kutch - mastering (all tracks)
Management
  • Jhené Aiko - A&R, styling
  • Noah Preston - A&R
  • Nikisha Bailey - A&R administration
  • Liza Corsey - A&R administration
  • Ryan Fletcher - A&R coordination
  • Leesa D. Brunson - A&R operations
  • Taz - management
  • Rob Caiaffa - marketing
  • Arielle Vavasseur - marketing
  • Jaclyn Soto - product management
  • Chelsea Donini - digital marketing
  • Courtni Asbury - publicity
  • Gabe Tesoriero - publicity
  • Tammy Brook - publicity
  • TOCK - art direction, photography
  • Veronica Ettman - package design
  • Joe Spix - package design
  • Chris Le - additional design
  • Paul Lane - package production
  • Kenny Meiselas - legal
  • Ted Harris - legal
  • Ilana Shapiro - legal
  • Odell Nails III - business affairs
  • Antoinette Trotman - business affairs
  • Ian Allen - business affairs
  • Corey Williams - business affairs
  • Jamie Sudhalter - business affairs
  • Vol S. Davis III - business affairs
  • Deborah Mannis Gardner - sample clearance
Miscellaneous
  • Olapido Omishore - author (tracks 1, 14, 21-24)
  • Brian Warfield - author (tracks 2-3, 7, 9-10, 21, and 24)
  • Jhené Aiko - author (tracks 2-7, 9-10, 14, 16-21, 23, and 24)
  • Maclean Robinson - author (tracks 2-3, 7, 9-10, 21-22, and 24)
  • Amaire Johnson - author (tracks 4-5, 10, 14, and 16)
  • Big Sean - author (tracks 4 and 5)
  • Swae Lee - author (track 7)
  • Earnest Wilson - author (track 17)
  • Frank Dukes - author (track 17)
  • Julian-Quan Viet Le - author (track 18)
  • KeY Wane - author (track 19)
  • Mali Music - author (tracks 20 and 22)
  • Chris Brown - author (track 24)
Notes
  • "Clear My Mind" and "Hello Ego" from the Target exclusive version are listed as tracks 23 and 24, respectively

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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