Jhene Aiko graces Vibe magazine‘s summer 2014 cover, which sees the singer talking about how she handles comparisons to other artists. Following the singer’s Tumblr rant about not trying to be the next Aaliyah or Beyonce, Aiko’s older sister Miyoko seems to sum up who Aiko wants to emulate.
“When she was doing her mixtape [Sailing Soul(s)], she was describing the sound she was going for,” says Miyoko. “I remember saying, ‘Oh, you wanna be like a hip-hop Sade.’ And she was like, ‘Exactly.’”
Jhené comments, “That’s great if people think that because [Sade’s] amazing. That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”
Beyond Sade’s voice, the singer also embraces her cool style. “I don’t think anything about me is loud,” she says. “I’m not going to walk into a room with crazy accessories, high heels and red lipstick. I blend in.”
The biggest difference seems to be Aiko’s dark content, as is evident in her video for “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle),” in which she portrays a violent girlfriend. Still, she assures fans that she’s just venting her fantasies.
“I’ve never killed a guy, and I’ve never went to jail, but those are the things I have to get out of my head some way,” she says. “It’s writing a song and then turning my crazy thoughts into those moments where I’m like, I could really do that, but I’m not going to.”
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