Stay Ready

Album: Sail Out (2013)
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  • Aiko first collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on his 2010 track "Growing Apart (To Get Closer)," and this tune finds the LA songstress teaming up with the Compton rapper again. Aiko told Radio.com that after hearing Lamar spitting about monogamy on his verse, she decided to change her own lyrics up a bit. "When I recorded the song, I wanted to keep it simple and sexy," Aiko explained. "But when he sent me back his verse, I realized the song could be more than that, so I decided to elaborate on my original verse and stop being lazy."
  • Aiko also released an alternate version in which her alter ego J Henny replaced Kendrick Lamar's verse. She told Rap-Up.com that J Henny had a bit of fire in her. "She still sings, but she's more aggressive," Aiko explained. "She likes to really talk a lot of s--t and talk about things that a lot of R&B singers don’t talk about."

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