Jhene Aiko’s new EP, “Sail Out” is available today and recently she sat down with Noisey to speak on a few things. Below, is an excerpt from her interview.
Jhené Aiko entire prescence is enticing. You’ll see it in the video above. You’ll hear it on her latest project, Sail Out. Strikingly gorgeous, the 25-year-old polyethnic beauty, whose lineage includes African American, Japanese and Native American descent, has an ethereal yet disarming nature. Soft-spoken without forgoing conviction, she straddles the line between good girl and sexpot. She posts inspirational Buddhist quotes on her Tumblr and plays mom to daughter Namiko but concurrently, is completely open about her penchant for good weed, vaporizers and afternoon sex.
This allure has no doubt played a role in Jhené’s rapid career ascent over the past year or so. In step with her new Sail Out EP, the Los Angeles native has quickly becomeyour favorite rapper’s favorite singer, sharing bars alongside Big Sean (“Beware”) and Drake (“From Time”). She recently joined Drake’s Would You Like A Tour? alongside Miguel and Future, too. And did we mention she makes Childish Gambino nervous in bed? Just watch the visual for “Bed Peace,” in which the duo recreates John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous “bed-ins,” for proof.
Vice met up with with Jhené last week at New York City’s MSR Studios to talk about her latest project Sail Out, smoking vapes with Childish Gambino, and touring alongside Drake. Unlike Gambino, we didn’t have to get completely stoned just to be around her…not that we would have minded.
Noisey: Why does Childish Gambino look so nervous in “Bed Peace”?
Jhené Aiko: We were HIGH. There’s a part in the video where we pass the vape. It’s called a Pax and it’s a very discrete vaporizer. You can’t even see the vapes. It was really funny because I had drinks out for all the extras, smoking. We were just having a lot of fun. He gets like that when he’s high. [Laughs]. We were both being very awkward. After we hit that couple of times, we were like, “We’re in bed together all day? Wait a minute.”
You two are friends in real life though.
Yeah, but we’ve never been in bed together.
True. So are you a vape girl?
I like weed. There was a part of my life where I wake and baked but right now, I don’t smoke every day. I think I’m becoming more of a responsible adult. I had a G-Pen at one point. I go through phases. Now, I like this vaporizer but you put the weed in there so it’s not the wax. I’ve also gone back to papers, like raw papers. Literally I can smoke three days ago and feel a little high. My tolerance right now is really low.
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