Who Is Jhené Aiko?

The Meaning Behind Sailing Soul(s)

“I was four months pregnant at the time but I wasn’t telling anyone because I was still going record because I had people actually ask me, ‘Are you ok to sing?’ I was recording up until I was basically in bed and I was fine. I took a meeting and it was random. I wasn’t really recoding and didn’t have a demo. It was through a mutual friend and he spoke about a meeting with a big recorded executive so I took it and at this point I had already adopted this attitude of ‘I’m Me.’ 

 

This is me and if you wanted me to come in here with this whole speech about how I’m your next superstar that wasn’t going to happen.

“I went in and sang for him and he said, ‘I’ve loved you since you were younger but the thing is when you come into these meetings you have to sell yourself.’ I said, ‘No I don’t’ because this is me and if you wanted me to come in here with this whole speech about how I’m your next superstar that wasn’t going to happen.

“He was a fan and that was his tip to me as the one thing I was missing—that I needed to walk in there and sell myself but I said, ‘No I don’t.’ From that moment I had my daughter and started working on Sailing Soul(s) and there was no name to it. I did two songs then I recorded “Growing Apart” with Kendrick Lamar. I was on Twitter talking about selling and Chase N. Cashe corrected my spelling and we went back and forth, then I started talking about sailing like a sailboat and I said, ‘Sailing not selling.’ At the end of our Twitter conversation, I decided that would be a good name for mixtape. I connected that to my feeling of being a free spirit going with the wind like sailboat.”

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