Who Is Jhené Aiko?

Her Sailing Soul(s) Mixtape

“To me it was a mixtape and back in the day, mixtapes were songs on other people’s beats—jacking beats basically. I wanted to make it feel like a mixtape as far as the features, with the Gucci verse and the Kanye verse, we just ripped those for Gucci’s song with Wale and Kanye’s from his verse at the B.E.T. cyphers.

 

We played him “July” and then a couple weeks later, they sent me this version with Drake on it. He basically just took my hook which was okay, but then a few weeks later someone leaked it to a DJ and because it’s Drake, everybody was getting it.

“I worked with Kendrick, Lite, H.O.P.E. and Roosevelt. I worked with Miguel. The Drake collaboration, I was pregnant and not into anything and I was just like, ‘Session? Drake? Okay.’ I wasn’t even writing at the time and a friend of mine, the writer of “July,” had a hook for me to sing. I don’t think Drake was really feeling it because I recorded it and he said he would write to it later then we played him some of my other songs. We played him “July” and then a couple weeks later, they sent me this version with Drake on it.  He basically just took my hook which was okay, but then a few weeks later someone leaked it to a DJ and because it’s Drake, everybody was getting it. When it came down to my mixtape, I figured I should put “July” on there because he jacked my song so I might as well jack it back from him and put it on there.

 

Fisticuffs is a L.A. based producer duo. They have worked a lot with Miguel. They are true L.A. guys who are very musical. They're my favorite people to work with.

“Everyone else on the mixtape is from L.A., friends and such because L.A. is so small especially when you do music. Fisticuffs is a L.A. based producer duo. They have worked a lot with Miguel. They are true L.A. guys who are very musical. They went to performing arts school together and they play instruments so a lot of their tracks have a lot of live instruments. They do this with Miguel too, but with they will give me a track with two instruments and then they’ll record more and then I’ll add more. It’s very tailored and they’re the best. They’re my favorite people to work with."

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