Vixen Chat: Jhené Aiko Talks Recording For Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same,’ New Record With Kendrick Lamar
The Internets have been drowning in their feelings for the past 24 hours thanks to a leak of Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same. While the Toronto rep gets heavy with the bars and blues on his third studio effort, only one female lyricist is featured on the 15-track offering. Singer Jhené Aiko, who has mastered the art of emo on her latest mixtape Sailing Soul(s), re-connected with Drizzy on wax for a song and some extra vocals since their 2010 duet “July.” Here, the First Lady of No I.D.’s Artium roster discussed waxing poetic with the big boys of hip-hop and even offers her best remedy to texting your ex.
You and Drake worked together on “July” so how did the reunion happen for Nothing Was The Same?
Well, we didn’t really work together on “July.” It was Jas Prince, whose one of the people responsible for signing his deal with Lil Wayne, whom I’ve known since I was 12, 13 and he was like ‘I think you should do a hook for Drake. He’s this rapper and he’s doing his mixtape.’ At the time, I had just found out I was pregnant. I had my friend Michael Powell come with me to the studio and write a hook for me, and in that session, [Drake] heard “July” then I guess later on, he had decided to put some verses on it and make it a feature. This time around, we actually met and he played me “From Time” and I was like ‘Yeah, I wanna do this. Can I take this home and write to it?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, take your time.’ I had it for like a month and a half and I actually wrote something completely different to it. Then right before I sent it to him, I was like ‘No, I wanna say something completely different. I want it to be like this.’ I sent it to him and he was like, ‘Oh my God, I love it.’
What was the initial concept for the song?
The initial concept was “Beautiful Ruin,” which I put out on acoustic version of on YouTube that is gonna be on Souled Out by No I.D. It was one of my true life stories about a guy. I just felt like it was a little too specific to me and I didn’t wanna get on [Drake's] record, like ‘This is what I’m going through!’ so I decided to have a conversation with him [on the record].