The beautiful and talented Jhene Aiko has this month’s Complex cover story. In the article, Aiko speaks on her relationships with rappers Drake and Childish Gambino. Rumors have been flying for a while now about the status of the two rappers and the songstress.
Jhene explained the first time she met Drake and the influence he had on her music.
“I had just found out I was pregnant,” she said. “No one else knew and I was still just recording. I was feeling my way around, seeing who I wanted to work with and what I wanted to write about. I went into a session to meet him through a mutual friend. That’s how that relationship formed. I knew him from ‘Degrassi’ because some of my younger family members watched it. When I saw him I was like, ‘Oh. He’s that guy from that show.’ He was nowhere near who he is today, even though the underground music people were like, ‘He’s next!’
“I look up to Drake,” the singer added. “Everything in his whole career is commendable. He can act, he can rap, he can sing. I can relate to him. He’s mixed; I’m mixed. Everything he does, I take note because I feel like he’s doing a really good job of being, like, well-rounded. And not only that, he’s really talented. I’m always asking him for advice with stuff and trying to figure out how he deals with being such a big celebrity.”
Aiko also explained her relationship with Stone Mountain’s own Childish Gambino.
“We have the same publisher,” Jhene said. “One of his best friends, Fam, went to school with my brother who passed away. We have the same sense of humor, very sarcastic and dry. It was automatically like, ‘I like you! We can be friends.’ He’s an actor. We’re both creative people. We are friends and we hang out. We’re just friends but I’m also single, so you never know what friendships can develop into. We like each other as people, so you know, who knows?”