Rap-Up TV: JoJo Talks ‘Agape,’ Andre 3000, & Puppy Love

On her 22nd birthday, JoJo gave her fans the gift of free music with her mixtape Agápē. Just days before the new year, we caught up with the singer in sunny Venice, Calif. Overlooking the beachfront boardwalk, a red-hot JoJo spoke about her André 3000-inspired single “André,” 2013 plans, and how her new puppy inspired her mixtape.

“Agape has changed my life. She is a joy,” said JoJo, who is an advocate for dog adoption. “She makes me a better person, a more patient person, more loving.”

She felt a deeper connection to the pup, who appears on the mixtape cover. “I could kind of relate to being left or mistreated and when I saw her and I looked into her eyes, I was like, ‘You’re my babe, you’re my girl,’ and I wanted to bring that spirit of unconditional love into this mixtape.”

One of the songs on Agápē, “André,” was inspired by the famed OutKast rapper. “Andre’s style is something that I love. I just think the sexiest thing is when a man is himself and does his own thing, and there’s a really great example of that in André Benjamin,” said JoJo, who has had André’s 2003 album The Love Below on replay.

She plans to tour this year with her friend Leah LaBelle and has more music on the way. “There’s really encouraging, awesome things going on,” she teased.

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10 Comments

  1. Phoenix Wright

    Had no idea that her dog influenced the project. That’s too cute

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  2. MurderThis

    JOJO is very underrated…. I love me so Jo!

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  3. Jay

    I love JoJo!!! “Andre” is my jam still!!! I can’t wait for the new music!!! Yessir!!! :)

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  4. Kingofhearts

    She’s so creative….

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  5. TRP

    I would definitely check out a JoJo & Leah Labelle show, they should bring Tori Kelly on the road with them too.

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  6. Miguel

    So glad she plans to keep going and release more new music again this year, the mixtape was AMAZING. Love every song.

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  7. @ClothezMinded

    Gosh I love her. I absolutely loved this mix tape. Hope we get some visuals from André, that would be soon dope. I love seeing her do interviews because she has a great way with words. She very intelligent and creative. I’m rooting for her!!!

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  8. Kyle

    JoJo has an AMAZING spirit! She is so genuine and you can really tell she enjoys what she does.

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  9. Trick Daddy/ D-Train

    so far Agape is definitely my favorite work by any artist. all the songs are different and the mesh so well…her vocals are on point always!!

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  10. Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    she is doing a Good Job for herself & Wonderful interview

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