Los Angeles R&B singer songwriter Jhené Aiko began her career contributing backing vocals to recordings by the R&B boy band B2K. Her debut mixtape Sailing Soul
, which was self-released in 2011, got her noticed and Aiko gained further attention after contributions to Big Sean's Hall Of Fame
" and Drake's Nothing Was The Same
cuts, "From Time
" and "Wu-Tang Forever
." This was released as the lead single from Aiko's debut EP, Sail Out
after she signed to Def Jam. "Sail Out basically means to be free," Aiko explained. "Go with the wind, you know, like a sailboat. I think that's really important when it comes to peace… inner peace especially. You can't help anyone else if you don't have it together for yourself."