Name: Mila J
Birthday: Nov.18, 1983
Fav Dish: Chicken Wings
Jamila Aiko Aba Chilombo (born 1983), known as Mila J, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer. She is known for being in Prince’s video for “Diamonds and Pearls”, and appeared on tracks by RaRa, IMx, Trey Songz and Omarion.
She released several singles in 2006–2009 under the name “Mila J” and then went on a hiatus for a number of years following the shelving of her original debut studio album Split Personality before returning as “Japallonia” in 2012 and then reverting to her stage name as Mila J.
She is currently signed to Motown, and released her debut EP entitled M.I.L.A., which stands for Made in Los Angeles on October 14, 2014.
Jamila was born and raised in the upper class ladera Heights, California Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Christina Yamamoto and Dr. Karamo Chilombo (born Gregory Wycliff Barnes), a pediatrician. Her parents later divorced. Her sister is singer Jhené Aiko.
Now once again billing herself as Mila J, she released her first single called “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” with the music video premiering on BET’s 106 & Park. The single has peaked at #33 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. On May 28, she performed the song at BET’s 106 & Park. After the lead single release, she was featured on Trey Songz’s Trigga for their song, “Disrespectful” and several other projects. She was currently working on an album entitled M.I.L.A., which stands for Made In Los Angeles.
She stated that the album will have a 1990s vibe to it and contains a lot of relationship-based songs such as “Pain in My Heart” and “Times Like These”. B.o.B, Ty Dolla Sign, Problem are some of the features mentioned on this project. On August 27, she premiered the lyric video of her second single, “My Main” produced by DJ Mustard and features Ty Dolla $ign on her YouTube channel.
In 2015, Mila was featured on Jodeci’s album The Past, The Present, The Future with a track titled “Body Parts”. Mila collaborated with duo, BC KINGDOM for their joint-EP entitled, PRESS START where she finds her voice experimenting on different sounds, unlike her previous work. Her stage name was changed to MILA, at that short period of time.
Critics reviewed the EP as “melancholically dark and edgy” and calling it a “Summer’s love jam” for the fans. On June 10, she reverted her stage name back to Mila J and premiered a new single, “FreakNic”, of her upcoming untitled debut full-length LP. She released her second mixtape on November 12, 2015 titled, The Waiting Game.
In 2016, she has been on the songs “Don’t Get No Betta” with Timbaland, “Me and You”, “TBH”, “Bad Girls Club” with Honey Cocaine and Dawn Richard, and a cover of Prince’s “Erotic City”.
Mila has cited Janet Jackson as her main inspiration. She went on to say “I just love how she entertains,” said Mila of the pop icon. “You go to her shows, she’s gon’ have a million dancers—lights, camera, action. It was just cool to see a female dancing and singing.” Mýa and Brandy are also huge inspirations to Mila