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Jhene Aiko is having the best year ever and don’t think it hasn’t been a long time coming (we totally remember her from her days as a B2K backup singer). With a hot single, “I Don’t Need You” blazing the radio, Jhene has created a buzz around herself based off of her vocals and songwriting skills. Oh and the help of Drake…The combination is enough for Vibe to dub her the modern-day Sade for millennials.

Jhene graces Vibe Magazine’s Summer issue with a few of her fellow rising artists: Mack Wilds and August Alsina (who are also gracing the Music Matters stage at the 2014 BET Experiences) where she opened up about her artistry.

“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.”

Check out the boy’s cover:


“Where am I gonna survive in a world of 2 Chainz and Drake? Frank, Miguel and all of these guys. I remember coming across them and being like, ‘Yo, bro, I got some music coming up.’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, cool, how’s that movie going?’” —Mack Wilds

“Just because I’m a man with an acoustic guitar doesn’t mean I have to play love songs. I want to straddle all worlds at once. I want to do my acoustic stuff, write for the biggest pop acts in the world, and also work with all the rappers I like, underground or not.” —Ed Sheeran

“Crack fucking ruined my family. So to be selling that shit and seeing what it do to people, you start to realize, ‘Damn, my heart might be a little too big for this shit.’” —August Alsina



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