Mila J – “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” | Music Video

The older sister of rising star Jhene Aiko, Mila J has had an on-and-off relationship with the music industry since appearing in the 1991 music video to Prince‘s “Diamonds and Pearls.” A brief stint with the short-lived ’90s R&B group Gyrl, a shelved solo album and an alias change later [2012 saw Mila J release some music under the name Japollonia], comes her new single “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up,” which promises the album M(ade). I(n). L(os). A(ngeles) to follow shortly.

Lyrically the subject matter of this track touches on the forever referenced (yet forever relevant) difficulties of being in a relationship. It seems the only time this couple isn’t fighting is when they’re around drugs and alcohol. The melody comes across slightly jaded and utilises the ‘two chord guitar over harsh drum kicks’ formula; similarities could be made to Ashanti‘s 2002 self titled project.

Riding with her girls, the video contains shots parodying the homies playing music in their “whip,” bandanas round the mouth and heads nodding, blended in with scenes of Mila J and rapper Ty Dolla $ign arguing, drinking and getting high at intervals throughout. We’re also given a short dance routine (accompanied with dim lighting and smoke for ambience) and shots of the ladies lounging in an alley, car headlights providing light for our vision.

Although the video appears dangerously familiar, don’t be surprised if by the end of this song you’re chanting: “Either we smoking, or we drinking, or we at each others throats.”

“Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” is out now via Motown Records.