Who Is Jhené Aiko?

Leaving Epic Records

“I was getting bored with it and I could tell they didn’t have a plan for anything. I was in the studio for two years and I didn’t know what was happening so that’s when I decided to ask for a release from both my label and my management with T.E.G. when I was fifteen or sixteen.

 

I was always recording and writing. I had met so many different people from being signed and I was so young that everyone I worked with became a big sister or big brother.

 

“I was always recording and writing. I had met so many different people from being signed and I was so young that everyone I worked with became a big sister or big brother. They would call me, especially when I left T.E.G., and say, ‘We want to work with you without craziness.’ I would record demos for people and writing for people.

“A couple people wanted to work on my own stuff with me but I was trying to finish up high school. I was going to community college. I was working two jobs at the mall. I worked at Pac Sun and then a few years later I worked at Hollister and I worked at a Law Office.

"I was working in a vegan cafe when I started recording Sailing Soul(s). That whole period of time I was still writing and recording while working a regular job and finishing school. Once I finished high school I started going to a community college and then I had my daughter.

"The year before Sailing Soul(s) which would be 2010, I was working at the restaurant, being a mom and recoding. It got to a point at the restaurant where I couldn’t do it, it was too much. I just wanted to get the mixtape done because I could always get a job because it’s easy to get hired for restaurant jobs.”

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