Take a trip with poet and performer Jhené Aiko at Chene Park

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Do not reduce Jhené Aiko to her on-again, off-again relationship with Detroit’s own Big Sean (despite her prominent portrait tattoo of the “Blessings” rapper) — the girl can hold her own.

The L.A. native has come a long way since her Sailing Soul(s) mixtape days. Last year, Aiko dropped her sophomore record Trip, a rolling exploration of the word as it is heavily influenced by the death of her brother in 2012. “[The album is] inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” Aiko has said of the record. “It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

Now if only Aiko would ditch her Chris Brown collabs

Watch Aiko's short film, Trip, which accompanied the release of her record last year below.

Jhene Aiko will perform at Chene Park on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; 313-393-7128; cheneparkdetroit.com; Tickets start at $36.

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