written by Carla Bynum
Over the course of a week, the pair took the entertainment world by surprise. On March 28th, they announced that they had formed a duo called TWENTY88. On March 29th, they appeared on the cover of Flaunt Magazine to promote their forthcoming album together.
For 72 hours, Tidal streamed their self-titled debut album starting April 1st and on April 3rd, the album was made available on Spotify and Apple Music.
When news first surfaced about Big Sean and Jhené Aiko forming a duo, most fans were in shock. While it isn’t the first time that they have made music together, it was surprising that they officially formed a duo. Both artists have a unique style of their own that undeniably blends perfectly with the other. The album TWENTY88 is the perfect fusion of both sounds and is an instant banger.
Personally, I look forward to more music from the duo in the future.The album features appearances from K-Ci and JoJo and producer and artist Detail. There are also featured productions from Detail, Key Wane, and Tommy Brown. The album has been described as a perfect blend of 90s R&B, neo-soul, trap drums, 70s experimental rock and soul, and ambient beats.
“Déjà vu” sets the tone for the relationship portrayed on TWENTY88. The duo created characters that are extensions of themselves and explore their relationship. Déjà vu in French means “already seen” and both Sean and Jhené feel like they have been in this situation before and they wonder why they don’t make time for one another anymore.
Fans first heard the song “Selfish” when TWENTY88 made their television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On March 31st. Neither party can help their selfish ways in their relationship nor are they fond of the recent miscommunication they have and they call each other out on it. The song features a sample of “Time On Your Side” by Grammy-nominated British producer and DJ, Mat Zo.
“On The Way” explores how much each party needs the other and their affection for each other. Big Sean can’t get her off his mind and Jhené doesn’t need anybody else but him. The song contains a sample from “Sentimental Journey” by Les Brown, Benjamin Homer, and Bud Green.
The duo doesn’t care where they make love, they can do it on the porch, sink, couch, stove, or wherever on the song “Push It.” This is the first time we are introduced to the sexual side of their relationship.
Producer Detail and veteran 90s R&B duo K-Ci and JoJo join TWENTY88 on the track “2 Minute Warning.” The duo wants to please each other sexually and they give a two minute warning before they fulfill each other’s sexual desires. At the moment, the only thing Big Sean is interested in is touching the end zone.
All relations have their good and bad and on the sixth track on the album, Big Sean and Jhené are guests on a “Talk Show” and have been invited to share their testament of their love. Things start off sweet and they have nothing but nice things to say about one another. However, halfway through the interview, things take an ugly turn and they start revealing secrets about one another which causes an argument to ensue. The song contains a sample from “Love’s Society” by The Natural Four.
On the song “Memories Faded,” the duo is going through a breakup and although they are not together, they still have endless memories together. While they have these memories, over time they start to fade.
There is a saying that all good things must come to an end and Jhené and Sean are hoping the end isn’t near for them. They compare the end of their relationship to the falling of the “London Bridge.” If their relationship ends it will feel like a historical tragedy.