Who Is Jhené Aiko?

Learning From Motherhood

“I had my daughter when I was 20 with O’Ryan, who is Omarion’s brother. We’ve known each other since elementary school before we were singing or before anyone’s brother was anything. We dated for three years and then broke up. While we were broken up we had her and that’s how life works.

 

My daughter, Namiko, just put more passion as far as what I wanted to do with my music, what I wanted to sing about and my message.

 

"She gave me the focus, the drive and the urgency to get something done. I have always been about getting work done but with a child, something needs to happen and she just put more passion as far as what I wanted to do with my music, what I wanted to sing about and my message. 

“It made me more patient, more driven and more focused on getting stuff done. You have a life to support there’s no procrastination. You wake up everyday and get it however you have to. As far as my music it made me want to be super honest and tell my story because I want her to be able to go back, listen to my stuff and understand what I went through and not be confused.  I want to be an example to her to be herself and not be afraid of anyone judging her or me being disappointed and be honest with herself. 

 

As far as my music it made me want to be super honest and tell my story because I want her to be able to go back, listen to my stuff and understand what I went through and not be confused.

“She sings. She knows how to record herself. On my phone, I have singing videos because she likes to watch the little girls on YouTube that sing. Her favorite is Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, and she makes up songs everyday. She’ll be 4 next month and she’s told me she wants to be on iCarly. She wants to do all of that and I say ‘Okay, we will see.’

“She knows [my music] because when I write, I drive around with it in my car and just sing out loud and freestyle to it. Before I record it I practice to it so she knows the songs before they’re even recorded. By the time I record it and put it on a CD she knows it. She knows every word to all my songs. Sometimes I just drive aimlessly to write and practice my music. I have nowhere to go and I’ve only been driving for a year. I was a late bloomer. When I was younger I was signed and I was in New York City a lot, so it was always about car service. The car is my favorite place to write now even if i’m just parked and I just sit near some pretty scenery because I have a cozy car—a Prius.”

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