Sail Out is the debut extended play (EP) by American recording artist Jhené Aiko, set to be released on November 12, 2013, through Def Jam Recordings. It will be Aiko's first release under the label after leaving her contract with Sony Records in 2003. After leaving Sony Records, Aiko released her first mixtape Sailing Soul(s) independently; the mixtape featured appearances from well known artists and was met with critical acclaim. In 2012, Aiko met with No I.D., record producer and vice president of A&R at Def Jam, who ended up signing Aiko to his Artium Records imprint, through Def Jam. The writing, recording and producing of the album began shortly after Aiko was signed to Def Jam in 2012. Most of the album was written by Aiko herself and features production from No I.D., Dot da Genius, Key Wane, and Fistcuffs, the latter of whom is responsible for producing the majority of Aiko's debut mixtape Sailing Soul(s) (2011). The album features appearances from musical guests including Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Vince Staples.