Jhené Aiko returned on Wednesday (May 8) with her first offering of 2019 in the form of the emotive “Triggered” freestyle. A dark accompanying visual sees the 31-year-old staring into the abyss while pouring her soul out around some rocky terrain.
Aiko explained what kind of headspace she was in that led to the song’s creation on Twitter earlier this week. “One night I was so deep in my feelings, I was afraid of what I might do. I didn’t want to revert to the same bad habits that have set me back time and time again,” she wrote. “I realized that instead of running away from my emotions… I needed to sit with them, express myself and say whatever came to mind. It was healing to say the least… and now I feel a bit more free.”
Fans immediately began to speculate that she was addressing her contentious breakup with ex-boyfriend Big Sean, especially since she specifically used the word “trigger” regarding Sean Don when sending him love under one of his IG posts last month.
“You are so special. To me. To the world. While we’re both still on this planet I just want to say… I love you beyond measure. Even tho I get big mad and u trigger the fuck out of me. U make me feel. And I appreciate that,” Aiko stated. “Because I thought I was dead inside. My ego has no say when it comes to you. And my heart has been broken a thousand times just to expand. It always finds room for you.”
Update: Aiko has since taken to Twitter to clear up the rumors about “Triggered” being a diss track. “Triggered is NOT a diss song. it is a moment of talking shit out of frustration and passion,” she wrote. “It’s was a moment of exaggerated expression when I was feeling lost and weak. no one is to be blamed or bashed for how I was feeling in that moment. I am in control of my feelings.”
Watch the “Triggered” video below.