By: Melissa Berne
I’ve written about JoJo many times here on TYF, and it was an absolute joy and pleasure to finally be able to have her call in for us to have a raw yet fun conversation melded with a Q&A session.We kept it cool, honest and one of the best parts is that the dark-haired songbird spoke about her upcoming tour and music videos, the song writing process, what to look out for on her new Youtube and Tumblr accounts, plus she answers some fan questions and more!
As most of you know, JoJo is under contract with Blackground Records, and she has not been able to release her long-awaited third album with the massive dysfunctional label aforementioned. However, through setbacks and “going up and down this dream,” she has not let circumstances chain her down. In fact, she continually busts through the links with her constant recording sessions, her 2010 mixtape Can’t Take That Away From Me, her ever-dope take on Drake’s “Marvin’s Room,” and 2012’s stellar effort, AGÁPĒ .
In a very candid and at times random convo-interview (I just made that term up. Use it if you will), JoJo opens up about how her “label drama” has affected her, if we’ll ever hear Jumping Trains, the elusive “Demonstrate” video, our mutual likeness for “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” (Yes, really) and one day releasing the full version of a fan-favorite.
Listen to JoJo shout out TYF and read my interview with her after the jump!
M: We’ve seen artists like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd’s mixtapes generate a lot of listeners and in turn their music passes word of mouth until it spreads like wild-fire. Do you feel the pressure of having your latest mixtape, AGÁPĒ, reach that platform?
What can you say to your fans about what’s going on with the ‘label drama’ that has been following since 2009?
M: I can tell it means a lot to you. It’s amazing. You don’t let all that stuff get to you–the bull crap of Hollywood.