Jhene Aiko appears in the latest episode of Genius’s IRL (In Real Life) series.
While shopping at Luxe Lingerie in Beverly Hills, Genius’ Rob Markman and Jhene discussed her new single “Maniac” and the sexual freedom that Jhené finds in her music.
“When my friend heard ‘Maniac,’ she was like, ‘Oh my God! This reminds me of how you were in elementary school,’” Jhené tells Genius. “In second or third grade, we had these nicknames—my best friend was ‘Freaky Deaky’ and mine was ‘Freaky Deaky Junior.’ We just were out of control when it came the stuff we would talk about. My older siblings were always teaching me about stuff that I shouldn’t have known about.”
In the interview, Jhené takes Genius through her journey, detailing her evolution from a teenage B2K affiliate to a bold superstar.