Jhené Aiko explains why she no longer uses N-word in her music

"Out of respect and consideration"

Jhené Aiko has addressed why she stopped using the N-word in her music.

The singer was responding to someone who asked her earlier this week to detail her ethnicity. “Whispers, cat hair, slauson asphalt and sand from venice beach,” Aiko replied on Monday (December 7).

In a since-deleted second tweet, she added: “I am less black than someone half black, but also less white that someone half white… and asian is the least thing i am. lol. So at this point, it’s whatever they want me to be.”


The R&B artist – who released her third album ‘CHILOMBO’ in March – then explained why she no longer uses the N-word.

“Actually wait! lol. i would like to say one more thing that hopefully simplifies this statement,” she wrote. “The discussion stemmed from the use of the n word in my music, in the past…and I let it be known i haven’t in a while and chose not to use it anymore moving forward out of respect and consideration to my ancestors and the individuals who feel uncomfortable when i say it.”

Jhené Aiko
Jhené Aiko. CREDIT: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

She continued [quotes via HipHopDX]: “I have a japanese grandfather and a creole/dominican grandmother on my mothers side… and both of my fathers parents are black and white. my dna results came in 25% asian, 33% african and 34% european.

“So that is what i was referencing in the tweet. also, those dna sites update and change from time to time so who actually knows. Ok now im done explaining, promise i am human and i see you all as family regardless of how u view me.”


In other news, Aiko and her partner Big Sean revealed recently that they’ll release a follow-up to their 2016 album ‘TWENTY88’.

Sean confirmed the album is “in the works” during a Reddit AMA session in September, however he didn’t specify a timeline of when to expect the project.

Last month, Sean and Post Malone shared the music video for their recent collaboration ‘Wolves’.

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