How Jhene Aiko Became a Maniac

Jhene Aiko’s latest single “Maniac” is the first taste of her forthcoming sophomore album, and she’s never sounded more fearless. In anticipation of her big 2017, the singer/songwriter linked up with Rob Markman at Luxe Lingerie in Beverly Hills for the latest episode of Genius' in-depth interview series IRL.

“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 us through her journey, detailing her evolution from a teenage B2K affiliate to a bold superstar. “I would say where I found true confidence and freedom was this year, really,” she says. She also breaks down her recent collaborations with Big Sean, and reveals the explicit lyric that he helped her write on “Maniac.”

Watch the full IRL episode above and read all the lyrics to “Maniac” now.

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