Jhene Aiko Wins With the Hand She's Dealt
Things looking up, she enrolled in West Los Angeles College and started taking voice lessons -- but then she got pregnant. "I was like, OK, pause, being a mom isn't as easy as I thought. I wasn't in any position to have a kid." Yet less than two years after her daughter's birth, she took her career in hand, enlisting producers The Fisticuffs to produce sailing soul(s).
She now has an unexpected and promising second chance in the industry, and her debut studio album -- tentatively titled Souled Out -- is due next year. "I don't have expectations, I guess," she says. "[My family] have always [been like] that movie A Series of Unfortunate Events. The moment is the only thing that's real. If you can't be happy in this moment, you can't be happy."
She flicks her wrist, and another tattoo becomes visible. It says: "Why aren't you smiling?"
Jhene Aiko performs tonight and tomorrow night at the Wiltern, with Nas and Lauryn Hill.