Who Is Jhené Aiko?

Musical Influences and Who She's Working With Now

“I don’t listen don’t listen to a lot of things other than the tracks I’m being sent because I don’t like to be influenced by anything like, ‘This person is hot, let me see what they’re doing.’ I’ve never really listened to what everyone else is listening too. I love silence so if I’m listening to music it’s because I’m working on it or because I’m with someone and I can’t tell them to turn off their music.

 

I’ve never really listened to what everyone else is listening too. I love silence so if I’m listening to music it’s because I’m working on it or because I’m with someone and I can’t tell them to turn off their music.

“I do get in my moods and there are some people that I could listen to all day like Kid Cudi, John Mayer and Ab-Soul.  Ab-Soul is one of those people I listen to and think, 'How did you come up with that?' With Kid Cudi, I could listen to one song all day over and over.

"It’s a personal thing. The TDE connection came through a mutual friend who is involved in their management and when I first worked with Kendrick, I wasn't familiar with him or TDE but just being around them I said, ‘Wow this is dope. This is something I want to be a part of.’ I felt like I could fall right in and with Ab-Soul especially, we connected on a personal mind level. He’s a Pisces as well and we just talk about astrology and religion because I’m into everything science and religion and he is too. He’s the one out of TDE that I have a friendship with and I want him to listen to the song and ask him, ‘What do you think about this flow? What do you think about this line that I said?’ 

 

I felt like I could fall right in [with the TDE crew] and with Ab-Soul especially, we connected on a personal mind level. He’s a Pisces as well and we just talk about astrology and religion because I’m into everything science and religion and he is too.

“I worked with Big Sean because No I.D. works closely with him and when I’m in the studio, he’s usually in the other recording room. So that’s how the feature on his new album came about. We’re not in the same camp but we are always around each other. The track I did with him is more my vein, or a happy medium. I think melodically, it’s more my style but then he’s talking about things that he talks about. I think we met in the middle. 

“Casey Veggies is from L.A. and I support L.A. to the fullest. I would never leave L.A. and move to New York. I just think it’s cool we have everything at our fingertips. We can go to the beach. We can go to the mountains. We can go to the desert. We can go to the quiet. We can go to the noise. I feel like everyplace has that too but the weather is nice and all of my family is there and I’m so comfortable there. I like it a lot."

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