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R&B’s flower child Jhene Aiko has landed her first Vibe cover.

The sultry singer looks stunning lying in a bed of flowers for the second cover of Vibe’s 2014 Summer issue. It’s been a great year thus far for the 26-year-old mother, as she successfully released her Sail Out EP, topped Billboard charts with single “The Worst,” and joined friend Drake on tour. She’s now getting ready to release her highly anticipated album, Sailed Out, scheduled to drop in August.

The modern hipster gets candid about her feelings towards Sade comparisons, childhood experiences, and independence in her ironically entitled “Sweetest Taboo” cover story. The issue doesn’t hit stands until July 22nd, but until then, check out a few highlights from her interview below.

On Sade Comparisons: 

“When she was doing her mixtape [Sailing Soul(s)], she was describing the sound she was going for,” says her older sister Miyoko. “I remember saying, ‘Oh, you wanna be like a hip-hop Sade.’ And she was like, ‘Exactly.’” Jhené welcomes the title where it fits. “That’s great if people think that because she’s amazing,” says Jhené. “That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”

On Writing About Former Lovers: 

“I’m always myself with guys. I’m always super open. I reveal a lot when I talk. So they know that when I write a song, it’s because I’m over it. It’s not something that hurts me anymore.”

On The Process And New Album: 

“I will never rush anything just to say I’m 28 with seven albums. One or a few of those albums will be crap,” she says, likening her project to a sequel of sailing soul(s), with happier songs, fewer rap collabos and more spiritual healing. “This album, from top to bottom, sounds like you’re on a journey. Once you get to the last songs with my daughter, the songs where I’m talking about what life means,” she says, “it’s just enlightenment.”


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