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Jhene Aiko, SZA, The Internet and Willow Smith Illuminate New York City Crowd

by Photo of April Baptiste-Brown

The Enter the Void Tour got a smooth start in NYC lead by songstress Jhene Aiko

Jhene Aiko, SZA, The Internet and Willow Smith Illuminate New York City Crowd

Jhene Aiko played to a sold out Best Buy Theater earlier this month as an opening leg to the Enter the Void tour in the Big Apple. Along with SZA, The Internet and a special appearance by Willow Smith, the female driven tour serenaded the NYC crowds with one soulful performance after the next throughout the evening.

Aiko performed hits from her newest album Souled Out such as "The Pressure", "Lyin King” and “W.A.Y.S.”. She also threw in some crowd favorites from her hit EP Sail Out such as "Stay Ready”, “3:16 AM” and “The Worst”.

Jhene (Ms. Aiko if you’re nasty) has been on the music scene much longer than most critics give her credit for. The 26-year old L.A. born songstress started out singing background on several songs for the boy group B2K, and was set to release her first album My Name is Jhene in 2004 however the project fell through. It wasn’t until 2011 when the versatile singer debuted her mixtape Sailing Soul(s) which got rave reviews. Now, with the release of her first official studio album Souled Out, Aiko's career is on a steady rise as she's worked with everyone from Drake to Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar.

Support was provided by soul band The Internet. The eclectic group, lead by frontwoman Syd the Kyd, jazzed up the theater with songs from their latest album Feel Good including "They Say" and "Give It Time".

A real treat for the audience was a surprise appearance by singer Willow Smith. The teen hyped up the crowd with a brief set, at the start of the night, before newcomer SZA lit up the stage with an energetic performance covering songs from her three EPs. Smith even returned to the stage to duet with SZA for one of her songs.

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