Interview: Rising Stars #4 “Jhené Aiko”
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1. How would you describe your sound and music?
My sound and music is just myself, it just comes from me being me, it’s influenced by everything i’ve ever listened to and loved. 90’s rnb, 90’s hip-hop, John Mayor, Sade, Brandy, Kendrick Lamar, yeah it’s everything i’ve ever listened to and loved.
2. We love the beats that Fisticuffs have made for you. But who are your favorite rnb producers and which producers would you like to work with?
Fisticuffs are my favorite rnb producers. They are my favorite producers period, because i feel like we come from the same place, and they listen to a lot different music too, and it shows in their music. I love Kanye of course, i would love to work with him. For the most part i don’t really have a preference, as long as the beat is good, i’m not a big name brand type of person.
3. You admire Brandy and 2Pac, but what other artist do you love?
Kendrick Lamar is definitely in my top 5, and the worse thing is, he keeps getting better. I’m like “How can you get better from than!?” I like Big Sean too, i think Big Sean is fun to listen to. Drake, Kid Cudi, what, duuuuh!? Kid Cudi is top 5 artist for me. I love just Westcoast music, im like Snoop all day, i could listen to Snoop, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, The Chronic all of that.
4. You’ve worked with Kendrick and H.O.P.E., what can you tell us about them and which other new artists should we take a look at?
I said how i felt about Kendrick, he inspires me everytime i hear a song of his. I just saw him perform in L.A., i think it was last week and that inspired me to do a better show, and when i hear him freestyle that inspires me to have better concepts and everything.
H.O.P.E. is a really amazing writer, me and him are like best friends. A lot of the times when he writes, he’ll just let me read it, and even as poet i’m like “Whaaat, what made you!?”, and he’s another person who keeps getting better and better, and i think he’s really underrated, because he’s not really big on putting himself out there, he’s just a one of those ‘i rap for myself’, and if you like it, you like it and if you don’t, you don’t.
Ab-Soul is really underrated too, because i think his rap style you need to be really smart and intellectual to understand. Frank Ocean is amazing to me, i like The Weeknd, i really like The Weeknd, i think his beat selection is crazy.
5. What’s on your iPod right now?
Kendrick’s Section 80, Frank Ocean, i’m still listening to that, i listen to John Mayor and Kid Cudi still. Im late on new music.
6. Which features are coming up, and who would you like to work with?
I just did a song with Schoolboy Q a couple of days ago, i did a song with Diggy Simmons and i’m not sure what he’s gonna use it for or if he’s gonna use it, i would love to work with Kid Cudi, i really want a Big Sean feature, a J. Cole feature, more Kendrick Lamar, i would love to do something on Pharrell/Neptunes beat. Anybody that’s good! *Laughing*
7. What are you unsatisfied with in the industry, and if you could change something, what would that be?
The main thing that i’m not too find of is the whole fakeness of it, most artists portray this thing that they are perfect and that they are larger than life which i think is false. It’s unfair, because everybody is looking up to this person, and they wanna be like it, but they don’t even understand that it’s fake. All of it is fake, whether it be a female artist who portrays herself as flawless, all of the young girls are gonna look up to her and they wanna be flawless now, so they are gonna get a nose job, or they gonna get breast implants or butt injections, it’s unhealthy, it’s unnatural, there’s no evolution in plastic surgery. Do something regular, ‘cause at the end of the day your regular person are gonna die just like the rest of us, so we all need to accept ourselves as we are and promote that.
8. What about the labels?
When i was signed i was 12, yeah i was signed at 12 to Epic/Sony, and it was just like, i don’t see how you can be creative under that type of situation because there’s like too many people who are telling you “ohh maybe you should change this line, or that picture, or you should dress like this..”. I think if you are an individual there’s no way that’s gonna go, unless you are really desperate for money and fame or whatever the label is promising. I think now it’s changing, the hiring A&R’s that are more creative, that are more into being a artist and letting an artist being an artist, it think it’s changing.
That’s what i’m trying to avoid, ‘cause i’ve been approached by all the major labels, and it’s like you need to guarantee me a 100 percent creative control, and not even that but just give me time and be patient with me, ‘cause im a creative person and it takes time to create. If that doesn’t happen, that i’m just gonna do it on my own but like i said there’s some new things happening in labels that are gonna change that a little bit.
9. Is there any truth behind you signing to Top Dawg Ent.?
We’ve talked about it before, my manager is really close with Top Dawg. I have no paper work right now. Regardless if im gonna sign or not, i’m always gonna do songs with them. They are definitely the crew that i would want to be a part of, because i believe in all of them as rappers and just what they represent.
10. What the concept for the new album or mixtape?
The next thing i’m putting out is a small EP called “Souled Out”, and it’s gonna be a continuation of “Sailing Soul(s)”. I think the concept of the songs are gonna dig a little deeper and be more unusual, a little more thought-provoking type of stuff, more messages and i’m still gonna keep melodic and more relatable. It’s just gonna be me again, more of me being myself. *Laughing*
11. So what are your plans for the future, and what can we expect from you?
The “Souled Out” EP hopefully by the end of September, and i’ve been working on my show doing spot dates here and there, i’ll update everybody on Twitter when i confirm the dates, and also visuals for “Sailing Soul(s)”, more visuals and just going with the flow with things.
12. What do you seek in a man?
I don’t really have a preference when it comes to personality, but like to laugh, so everybody that can make me laugh has a big advantage and a considerate person somebody that’s considerate, and a person with patience ‘cause i know i’m a different person every day, so i feel like one day i may say something that might not fit what i’m saying today. It seem like i’m a little bit crazy, but i’m not, and i’m really considerate and patient too, so i just ask that i get the same that i give.
13. Can we expect to see you in Europe?
Hopefully soon, i’ve actually got some offers to perform out there. I’ve never been overseas!
14. If I came to L.A. would you have a dinner with me?
Yeeeah, what kinda food do you like? Do you like Thai-food?
DDS: Yeah I do.
Jhené: Aight that’s a date ;)
15. Do you got some last words for the fans?
Thank you for everybody that’s supporting the mixtape, and that’s been patient with to put out new stuff. Thank you, i have more in store and more to come, and i don’t plan on ever stopping no matter what happens with each project, i’m always gonna put out something whether it be songs or a book, ‘cause i write a lot, i plan on writing like fiction books and stuff like that, so im always gonna be sharing myself with everyone. I know that sounds bad! *Laughing*
DDS: We just did an interview a week ago with Wiz Khalifa, and he told us he was working with a girl, and i asked him if it was with Jhené, and he said no, but i wish! He co-signed you and said that your songwriting skills are amazing.
Jhené: i would love to work with him! Is that in the interview? Well, let me know if you talk to him again, that his “Kush & Orange Juice”, Kid Cudi’s “Man On The Moon 2” and Kendrick Lamar’s “O.D. (Overly Dedicated)” that’s what i listened to when i was writing “Sailing Soul(s)”. I would listen to them just to be inspired, and some of the songs were sort of influenced even though they might not sound like it, to me i can tell that ‘Oh that part was influenced by this Wiz Khalifa song’. He’s dope, and he likes to smoke a lot like me! *Laughing*
DDS: You should definitely go and check out our interviews, they are extremely funny!
Jhené: I read the Miguel interview, and i saw the teaser for the Wiz Khalifa interview. It seems like they are really funny!
DDS: Jhené i don’t have anything left, I’m looking forward to have a dinner with you so you can show me L.A.
Jhené: Yeah go have some thai-food and indian food !
DDS: Butter chicken for the win!
DDS: One last thing, i have a little present for you in the Wiz Khalifa interview!
Jhené: Awww do you have present for me in the interview with Wiz! Oh my god, im so excited, well send it to me!
DDS: I will send it to you, thanks Jhené, take care!
Jhené: Thank you, talk to you soon.
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