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Jhené Aiko has had one hell of a run in the last 24 hours.
Last night, Jhené got to live the dream of any young and hungry musician by playing to an ecstatic crowd of thousands at Coachella. Aiko followed it up today with the release of her latest video for Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle), in which she sets a pile of Air Jordans on fire and carves up the paintjob on a Porsche Cayman while simultaneously sitting inside the car, wracked with grief.
It’s heady stuff.
Anyway, Jhené wore an elegant gold lame gown as she took to the Gobi stage for Day 3 of Coachella 2014. She was flanked by a full band and a string quarter, everybody decked out in a suit and tie. Aiko didn’t waste any time getting the crowd amped up, introducing Childish Gambino for her very first song. The two of them performed a live version of Bed Peace, their 2013 collaboration which was inspired by the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken on the same day of Lennon’s death.
Jhené continued her set, performing several more tracks from her Sail Out EP, as well as covering Erykah Badu’s On & On and Tupac’s Keep Ya Head Up before her second guest appearance of the night arrived on stage. As the opening few bars of From Timedropped, the crowd went wild.
Drake came out to thunderous cheers as the two embraced. He turned to the crowd and said:
“This is my first time at Coachella, by the way. So I want to let you know that it’s a (expletive deleted) honor to be here with you tonight, and you better make some noise for Jhené one more time.”
Watch the video of Drake and Jhené’s performance here.
Although rumors of a possible romance between Jhené Aiko and Drizzy were all over the internet a few months back, nothing was ever confirmed, other than the two are close. Drake has since rekindled his relationship with Rihanna, while Jhené has most recently been linked to Chance the Rapper.
Speaking of relationships, the latest Jhené Aiko video dropped today, for Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle). A moody dirge for a relationship that was, it features Aiko torching several thousand dollars’ worth of Nike products and then beating the living daylights out of some premium German machinery. As flames consume sneakers and the tears stream down her face, Jhené alternately purrs and growls at her wayward would-be suitor:
“Thought I told you not to trust these hoes… ” And later on, after a flashback involving Aiko and the mystery man cavorting around a tree somewhere: “Really, we had the perfect end, that night that we shared at the Comfort Inn. I was not the only one to you.”
Jhené Aiko’s brand new full-length album, Souled Out, is due to be released this summer.