Jhené Aiko has new music on the way — including a Twenty88 sequel with longtime boyfriend and music collaborator Big Sean, with whom she is expecting her second child. Though the pair understandably kept their pregnancy news private for months, fans have been anticipating a follow-up to 2016’s Twenty88 for years.
“I’ve been working on a few projects,” she teases. “[The sequel] is something that we both really enjoy because we get to do things outside of what we normally do with our own music and albums.”
After 2020’s Chilombo debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it became Aiko’s highest-peaking set on the tally and went on to be nominated for album of the year at the Grammys in 2021. Aiko and Big Sean’s Twenty88 is among her five top 10 projects on the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 5 in April 2016.
Six-time Grammy nominee Aiko has been named the Mental Health Is Health Ambassador by the City of Los Angeles and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. “I’m looking forward to spreading their message and being a part of the conversation around eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health,” says Aiko.
Beyond her mental health advocacy and new music, Aiko recently spoke with Billboard about balancing her professional and personal lives, being more present for her teenage daughter, Namiko Love, and why Chilombo has played the most pivotal role in her own self-healing this far. Above all, Aiko notes, “Don’t be afraid to feel.”