Jhene Aiko is the cover for Nylon Magazine and she talks the industry and going at her own pace. She doesn’t want to fit into a box, she says “My motivation is not money or fame,” she says. “Even when people are like, ‘I want you to write for me,’ or, ‘Do you have any songs to shop around?’ I’m like, ‘No, these are all songs I created for a purpose,’” she says, ensuring the last word lands.
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“Jhené doesn’t try to imitate other artists or follow trends of what’s hot at the moment,” says Oliver, who was a fan of Aiko’s music before the two of them met to discuss collaborating on the short film. “She does her own thing, even if it’s not commercial enough by someone else’s standards,” Oliver says. Aiko recalls being offered other people’s songs, in the hopes of releasing a hit. “People would say to me all the time, ‘I have a great song for you, I have a smash No. 1 record,’” Aiko says of the pressure put on her. “And I’m like, ‘That’s cool, but I write my own music. Give it to someone else who cares.’”