About two months ago a fan tweeted Drake hoping for Jhene Aiko to grace the stage at OVO Fest. To our surprise he retweeted the fan and then followed that up with a tweet simply saying, “Jhene On NWTS. Momentous Occasions.”
This news was well received by fans as many had been hoping the pair would get back in the studio together. We haven’t heard Drake and Jhene collaborate since the track “July” which was intended for a movie soundtrack but leaked online years back. This new collaboration is indeed a momentous occasion and Jhene agrees. Jhene recently spoke to FUSE about working with Drake and 40 on “Momentous Occasions”. Though she didnt’ share much, she did say, “Recording that song was more of a personal experience because we sat with [Drake producer Noah] 40 [Shebib] and I got to help pick the beat, take it home and record to it.” I definitely can’t wait to hear the finished track! September 17th is a little over a month away, brace yourselves. Read the excerpts from Jhene’s interview below.
Do you consider yourself a very competitive person?
I think I compete with myself. I’m hard on myself. I compete with people who you don’t expect me to compete with. I will hear a Kendrick Lamar song, or a Drake song and I will be like “Oh no, I need to make a song better than that.” People will say, “Really, you’re not thinking about Rihanna, you’re not thinking about Beyonce?” No, I consider myself a lyricist and that is the audience that I want. I want somebody that really loves Eminem andJay-Z to want to put on one of my songs and appreciate what I wrote or freestyled.
Drake confirmed your appearance on his unreleased song “Momentous Occasions.” What can you tell us about the track?
I am not going to say too much. Recording the song and working with him, period, was a momentous occasion. Because I think he is amazing, like a magical being for me, like a unicorn or something. He is somebody I like to listen to to get inspired and helps me write from an honest place. Recording that song was more of a personal experience because we sat with [Drake producer Noah] 40 [Shebib] and I got to help pick the beat, take it home and record to it. That was more of a collaboration than other tracks I’ve done.