Five days after announcing their collaborative project, Jhené Aiko and Big Sean dropped TWENTY88, following the debut of their new single “Selfish” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The label mates dropped some pretty dope dramatic visuals for the album with Flaunt Magazine earlier this week, causing everyone to question what the two were up to. There’s also been a talk of a short film to accompany the album…
Speaking of which…let’s get right into it…
The 8-track story of love, passion, sex and mishaps opens up perfectly with “Déjà Vu”—a Jodeci-type slow jam, with a similar feel to “I Know”—a popular collab from the two off Sean Don’s Dark Sky Paradise album. Jhené’s mello soprano matches Sean’s baritone on the hook of the song, which talks about rekindling a relationship with an ex, all while playing with each other’s emotions. Sean brings the bars and Jhené brings her melodic riffs filled with pixie dust and unicorns for the perfect combination.
“Selfish”—the album’s debut single—sounds like classic old school funk meets today’s 808s and synthesizer machines. It starts off with a G.O.O.D. Music dap to ‘Ye with “How could you be so…,” unfolding the story of being a faithful lover to someone that’s been selfish.
“On the Way” is the one for the ratchets!!! This slow jam’s lyrics are real explicit…you can listen for yourself but here’s the preview:
I been, I been working all night now I need to hear you call my name
Where you at? On the way
How far? On the way
Pu$$y pop is on the way
How far we take it? All the way
The fourth track is my personal favorite. “Push It” is hypnotic, high, seducing, and really chill. Make sure you bump this one with your speakers all the way up—if you don’t you’ll miss a lot of the slick wordplay…just trust me on this one.
“2 Minute Warning” is the one I was highly anticipating…why? Because our favorite 90’s Freak Gawds, K-Ci & JoJo, are featured on this track. The song feels just like a throwback right up the “Freek’N You” alley. The hook is catchy as hell—you’ll be sure to get into it.
The album’s later three song’s, “Talk Show,” “Memories Faded,” and “London Bridge” are quite relative when it comes to situations we’ve all experienced. “Talk Show” has an interesting song format, literally in the form of a talk show, and has one of the REALEST lines on the entire album.
You take the sex away then what else are we left to lay in…
PREACH! “London Bridge,” which was teased in the album’s promo video shows Sean’s deeper/romantic/love/”whatever you want to call it” side—you almost get the notion that he’s in love with a girl and takes the chance to let her know what his deepest feelings are for her…I wonder who that could be?
If you want a clue (maybe not really), here’s what Sean had to say about recording some of the songs with Jhené on the album to Flaunt Magazine:
“Some of these verses on here are for sure about specific people and times, I don’t know if Jhene was singing about me on any of the songs,” he adds with a grin. “I don’t know if I was signing about her on any of these songs either.”