Today, Jhene Aiko dropped the third installment of Jhene Aiko’s self-described M.A.P. project. The installment is a poetry book titled, 2Fish. We all know that Aiko’s songs derive from her own writings and poetry, so this is an exciting moment. Earlier this year, Aiko shared details regarding the creative process and inspiration behind M.A.P (movie, album, and poetry book). Each part was developed during her healing after the loss of her brother, Miyagi.
Speaking exclusively to Billboard over the phone, Aiko described her writing style, “As a poet I like to keep it simple. I think that there is depth in simplicity. I feel like there’s genius in simplicity. I don’t try to use words you don’t understand. At the same time, it’s very personal and very much so comes from my heart. It’s really my thoughts on paper.”
2Fish is Aiko’s collection of poems and stories from her journals that she has kept since she was 12 years old. Readers will get a look into the life of “Penny”, who Jhene describes as herself in her “purest, most authentic form”. This project will serve as healing for others who are looking to share their own personal journeys.
The 29-year-old continued admitting writing has helped her release certain emotions she’d held inside in the past, “Writing has always been my way of dealing with emotions. I’m a very emotional person. A lot of times, if I talked to someone about all the different things in my head, they would think I’m crazy or judge me. With a pen and paper, you don’t have to deal with that. I understand myself and it’s a release for me — it helps me get through things.”