Big Sean appears on two tracks. The first one is “Moments” and the second one is a TWENTY88 record titled “OLLA.” If you could describe your relationship with Sean in one song or album, outside of your collaborations, which song or album would you choose and why?
I would choose -- is it Common and Erykah Badu? [Singing] “Love of My Life." I feel like because I've never ever ever had a relationship where we were friends first. I'm the type of girl that if they're like, "You wanna be my girlfriend?" I'm like, "Yes." It's just like, "Okay, we're together we've known each other for a week and now we're exclusive and serious."
When I met Sean, if you looked in the dictionary for Jhené Aiko, it would be a picture of Sean. Basically, he is my type, but he knows. That's why when I was 16, I had a lot of boyfriends that were like, that fit, that look. I was dating people who I wasn't attracted to right off the top or whatever. So I ended up not having a type. But then when I met Sean, I had a boyfriend and he was showing interest in me, but I was like, I have a boyfriend. But we were friends, it was never, nothing disrespectful ever happened between me and Sean.
Then when I broke up with that boyfriend, he had a girlfriend. So it was, 'Okay, alright.' We're still friends and we were forced to really, really get to know each other on a friendship level, you know what I mean? And to the point where he was even at my brother's funeral. We talk to each other on a friendship level throughout all of my relationship, just like, "How is this one thing, how are you doing?"
And obviously we worked together as well throughout our relationship. We did songs together. And then it just came to a point where it was like, "I'm single, you're single, we love each other." We actually already loved each other as people and then it was like, "Okay, let's just, you know, be together." So it was different because of that friendship. That comes first, we're friends before anything. We can bicker like a friendship.
If you're friends, when we're debating something, it doesn't turn into some crazy argument because we're actually friends. I have a big family. The friends that I have become family. I don't have a bunch of friends. I literally have like two friends outside of my blood relatives. Everyone else that I call a friend is literally related to me by blood. So Sean has become my family. I don't know what the future holds, but as far as my life goes right now, yeah, he's "L-O-M-L."
What are you hoping that your day one fans take away from this album?
Well, I hope that they take their time with it, No. 1. I hope that they really, really dive into it and just immerse themselves in it. Because like you said, it is a real trip and I feel like I definitely have a lot of fans that have been following me since I was younger who are my age now or even older and they really understand the concept of why, and they've been through losing someone and they've been through relationships that have been unpredictable and they have been through these things. And if anything, I would want those fans to just really just take in this whole map, the movie, the album and the poetry book and just be proud of how far I've come. Because I feel like I've really, with this M.A.P. [movie, album, poetry book], with this whole project I really gave my all, 150 percent. No distractions.