Born Jamila Akiko Chilombo, she is an R&B singer-songwriter, dancer, and rapper who has released music under the stage names Mila J and Japollonia. She has several EPs, including M.I.L.A. and Dopamine.
She and her sister were members of an R&B group called Gyrl during the 1990s.
She grew up with four sisters and two brothers in a family of Dominican, Japanese, Spanish, African American, German Jewish, French, and Native American descent. Her sister is singer Jhene Aiko.
She was a back-up dancer in Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls" music video.