Rap-Up TV: JoJo Talks About Remixing Drake and Being a Role Model

In Part 2 of our conversation with JoJo, the pop songstress shares why she decided to tone down her performance of “Marvin’s Room” while touring with Joe Jonas and Jay Sean.

“I think after the third show I stopped doing the explicit version of ‘Marvin’s Room’ because I was looking out into the audience and seeing these young girls, some of them as young as seven, eight years old,” JoJo tells Rap-Up TV. “I could not go back onto my bus and feel good about myself. I couldn’t look into the eyes of the mothers and say, ‘F— that new girl.’ I felt really bad.”

While you may catch her singing the explicit version at other gigs, JoJo felt a sense of responsibility to her younger audience. “I didn’t feel comfortable as a young woman and a role model to be doing that.”

The singer, who will release her third album Jumping Trains next year, was hesitant about remixing Drake’s song at first, and was surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reaction, even from Drake himself. “We had some communication and I know that he was receptive to it and said some really nice things about it, and that was so amazing for me to hear.”

Also find out why JoJo wants to refrain from releasing more remixes and what she’s currently listening to on her iPod.

Part 1: JoJo Talks Return to Music, Album Producers, and “Disaster” Video