Who Is Jhené Aiko?

Her Single "3:16 A.M."

“Fisticuffs started the track and we hadn’t been [in the studio] in a long time and it was just the melody. After Sailing Soul(s)people gave their critique and I always felt like a lyricist more than a singer. I really want to show it off and whatever I’m thinking about, I’m going to write that down. I was in the studio and I just started saying what I was and the track ended at 3:16 and I didn’t really have a clear concept of what I was going to write about so I just kept writing.

 

The visual was definitely inspired by horror movies because as a child, I was obsessed with the The Twilight Zone and just scary movies that would be on late at night.

“I did the first verse and they added to it and it was three weeks before I recorded or wrote anymore. The song kept growing into these thoughts. The visual was definitely inspired by horror movies because as a child I was obsessed with the The Twilight Zone and just scary movies that would be on late at night. I would get in trouble for it. My mom would tell me to go to bed and I would stay up and have nightmares and my mom would say, ‘That’s because you watch scary movies.'

“I stopped getting scared of them. I don't remember what I watched when I was little but one of my favorite movies, it’s not really horror, but The Others. I like a lot of the Japanese scary movies like The Grudge and The Ringbut the real Japanese versions.

 

In my mind, I’m a schizophrenic. During the day I go through so many different emotions, at some point every day I’m in a depressed state, even if it’s just for five minutes but I’ll go there and it will be deep and dark. So “3:16 a.m.” was me staying with it longer and writing about those moments.

“The visual was an ode to the Japanese scary movies. In my mind, I’m a schizophrenic. During the day I go through so many different emotions, at some point every day I’m in a depressed state, even if it’s just for five minutes but I’ll go there and it will be deep and dark. So “3:16” was me staying with it longer and writing about those moments.

“March 16 is my birthday. When I’m up late, I always catch the clock at 3:16 a.m. 3:15 a.m. is the devil’s hour. They say it’s the devil hour because your immune system is at it’s weakest between three and five a.m.. If you're in the hospital with an incurable disease, it’s more likely that you’re going to pass away between those times because your immune system is weaker. 

“I didn’t know all this until I started researching it. I knew they called it the devil’s hour but I didn’t know why. I also have a “3:16 P.M.” song. It’s a happier version of the song."

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