Jhene Aiko - souled out release

The wait is finally over, as it looks like Jhené Aiko’s major label debut is headed our way towards the close of the summer.

The singer’s oft-delayed yet still highly anticipated soul(ed) Out LP is officially set for an August 25th release date, on Def Jam Records. The project will be the second to drop under producer No I.D.’s new Artium Records brand in 2014, following Common’s Nobody Smiling later in July.

Over the span of the last three years, the Def Jam songbird has been building up to this point, releasing a freEP in sailing souls in 2011 and another lauded project with last year’s Sail Out EP. Aiko stayed relevant by making guest spots on numerous rap records in the breaks between both EPs and after, though soul(ed) Out’s first official single, “To Love and Die,” just dropped last month.

While the official tracklisting for the project hasn’t yet surfaced, early reports from Rap-Up Magazine indicate that Jhené will be collaborating with her usual suspects No I.D., James Fauntleroy, and Fisticuffs on the production front to handle much of the project’s boardwork, with Key Wane and Dot da Genius on hand, as well. The album is expected to be low on the features, though Aiko’s daughter by Omarion’s brother O’Ryan Namiko is slated to make an appearance on one of the tracks.