Sail Out

"Ain't nobody here, baby, let's get wasted/We should just get naked," purrs 25-year-old Jhené Aiko on "Bed Peace," her winning hip-hop-soul tribute (with Childish Gambino) to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 anti-war "bed-ins." Of course, by the time the singer-rapper adds, "Go 'head, tell your baby mama you gon' be with me tonight," the "peace" business has gotten a little complicated. It's the high point of an EP showcasing the adorable stoner flow that got the best line on Drake's last LP ("I love me enough for the both of us," on "From Time"), and it proves Aiko is more than a hook singer. If her writing is still a work in progress, it's progress that's worth watching.

From The Archives Issue 1200: January 16, 2014