Is Jhene Aiko Really The Next Sade? 10 Musical Comparisons Made That Don’t Make Sense

August 18, 2014 ‐ By

In today’s day and age, you can’t just be a talented musician without someone looking to compare your talents to someone else. That includes the legends, as well as today’s icons. But sometimes, even when people mean well, some reach quite far when comparing today’s artists to those of the past and present. Here are a few examples of musical comparisons gone left…

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Jhene Aiko Being Compared To Sade

I’m a pretty huge Sade fan, and really, I don’t think there is anyone like her musically. This is not to say that she’s the greatest to ever do it, but she carved out her own lane and is one of the few performers who can go on long breaks and still be welcomed back with open arms (and #1 albums) when she returns. So when I heard the comparisons between Sade Adu and Jhene Aiko, I raised an eyebrow. Aiko said that at one point, people classified her and her music as a “younger Sade with urban stories.” And in VIBE she said it’s a comparison she embraces: “That’s great if people think that because she’s amazing. That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”

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  • Iceman514

    This entire story is laughable…clearly written by someone who has no clue about music…

  • Get Over Yourself

    Two Words…HELL NO!!!

  • Simone Mackey

    What kind of comparisons are these!?

  • provokethought

    To answer the question….NO.

  • thecelebully

    how is somebody the “new rihanna” lol that’s rude lol

  • thecelebully

    LMAO! the Ashanti one lol

  • what?


    • OSHH

      Saw Sade live, the band for the first time on Solider of Love tour a few years back, been a fan since the age of 10 or so, nothing struggled about her vocals or the world class musicians that comprise Sade. One of the best concerts I have ever attended.

      No Aiko takes the struggle vocal title all on her own here.

  • Lisa

    Really tho!? Sade! Nah.

  • Kiki Wiles

    Just Miguel and Ciara. Rick Ross just wants to be like biggie, like most rappers who want to be like Tupac. Jhene Aiko sounds terrible, Sade actually sounds good.

  • Medlife

    Jhene aioko being the next Sade?!?!!…..blasphemy. That’s an insult to Sade. That woman sings about pain and real situations. I like Jhene but sorry I can only listen to her hippy songs talking about getting faded for so long.

  • dingo_egret

    Jhene is the same as my beautiful Sade….H3LL NO! Not even on the same level. Jhene live is horrible. Can’t hold a note to save her life.

  • lockstress

    Please educate yourself writer. Listen a fawking SADE cd and then come back when you got some sense.

    • Lost Soul

      You think she should be compared to Jhene Aiko?

  • Theodore Pendergrass

    Sade is in a class of her own.

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    Beyonce is no Ashanti indeed…hilarious lol

  • C J Jordan

    If they compared Beyoncé to tina turner then I wouldn’t be mad at that. I see tina in Beyoncé s whole stage presence.

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Now it’s “Ashanti is definitely no Beyoncé “

  • Aaliyah Noelle

    It may be just me but I don’t see the big deal about big’ s and pac’s music. Maybe cuz I can’t relate to it. Some songs are nice and I like them but … Imo I think they’re extremely overrated

    • C J Jordan

      I guess it’s just u. Big and PAC ain’t for everybody. I respect your opinion

      • Aaliyah Noelle

        Yeah it is just me probably. But maybe because also they were before my time. I think I was like 4 when they died

        • C J Jordan

          Oohhh! That makes a lot of sense.

        • Theodore Pendergrass

          Listen too ” Me against the World” , I think that was one his more calmer CD’s.

          • Aaliyah Noelle

            I will soon as I get home.
            Is that the one with keep ya head up? Cuz that’s one of my favorite songs ever

            • Theodore Pendergrass

              That’s on his first album “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.”

  • dyshr

    T. I. The next Tupac? Cut the jokes!!!

    • C J Jordan

      I know right. I almost choked to death on that comparison lol. The only thing they got in common is a jail record. That’s disrespectful to a legend.

      • coco

        it really is though i think i almost choke too t.i wish he prayed if there was another word desperately lol wants to be 2pac none of his albums, song voice, anything will ever be as good as 2pac. Sorry Tip

  • nycplayboy78

    Hmmmm…So who is the new Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker? Oh that’s right they have TALENT and LONGEVITY……

    • Aaliyah Noelle


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  • Misss

    Somebody smoking dope if they think Bruno Mars anything like MJ SMH, And neither Beyonce or Ashani have more than 2 or 3 real classic songs in their catalog.

    • Taylor

      You gotta be joking about beyonce right

      • Misss

        No. I love Beyonce but let’s be real what classic songs does she have, that are timeless ? I count maybe 3 one being love on top. Her songs are not timeless.

        • Guestest

          Bey my girl and i agree with you..

  • prettyredbone

    Jhene is no where near sade vocally, but she has some good lyrics

    • NVAdamzz

      She does. I think Jhene Aiko is an amazing songwriter but she’s lacking vocally.

  • Chanda

    To compare anyone to Sade is reaching. I hate when I watch Sade videos on youtube and Beyonce’s name is mentioned.

    • C J Jordan

      Right, Sade is in a lane all by herself

  • Suga Bear

    The next person to compare Jhene to Sade is getting punched in the fûcking face!

  • Shawndrea Rachelle

    No need to clown to newer artist because they’re being compared

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  • C J Jordan

    Unbelievable lmao. Tip and 2pac no way in hell. Ciara and aaliyah possibly. She has Aaliyah’s whole swag. Biggie and ross that was just blasphemous. The most comical was jhene’ aiko and Sade. I spit my drink out on that one.

  • lulubear

    some of these are straight comical

    • nycplayboy78

      LuLu you ain’t never lied…LAWD!!!!

  • cryssi

    Jhene Aiko is just Amerie some odd years later lol…

    • Jayne

      Yes! That’s exactly what I was thinking but I couldn’t remember the name..

    • Chanda

      Amerie sounds like Coko from SWV.

      • Violet_High

        Have you lost your mind???

      • alex

        I loove Jhene Aiko….but she aint no Coko…really?

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    • OSHH

      Amerie’s first and second albums trump anything I have heard by Aiko and they have two totally different sounds.
      Amerie goes in the vein of a lighterweight Mary J/Teedra Moses, heavy precussion and horns(go-go)and Aiko like watered down lounge music but not as good as more established artists of that genre like an Esthero, that Sade comparison is disrespectful and absurd.

    • Taylor

      Amerie can sing jhene is a pretty girl who hums a good tune

      • Philly stand UP

        “Pretty girl who Hums a good tune”

      • Lisa

        I’m with you on this one.