Twenty88 released their self titled album this past weekend. You may be wondering who Twenty88 is, well its a duo of Big Sean and Jhene Aikio, the R&B singer! They announced a collab album days before releasing said album. This whole unexpected album was dropped on April fools day as well, so I had hoped that it wasn’t a joke when the news hit. But it turned out to be true! I listened to the 8 track album front and back and I absolutely love it! Every track offers some amazing choruses and verses from each of the two artist. My favorite songs are “2 Minute Warning ( K-Ci & JoJo and Detail)”, “Memories Faded”, and “Deja Vu”.
” 2 Minute Warning”- I was shocked to see K-Ci & JoJo on a track, I thought it was the 90s for a second. But they did offer some nice vocals alongside Detail, who I do not care for that much. The beat at the beginning is pretty mellow, then around 1:30 it begins to speed up. At that time, Big Sean offers some fast paced lyrics that go consistently with the beat and it sounds perfect. Jhene ends the track out with her pretty voice that begins to rap a little bit at the end.
“Memories Faded” – What I really liked about this song is that the chorus sounds very pretty and its catchy as well. I also enjoy the switch off that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko do in the song. Jhene aiko’s cadence in this song sounds really well with the beat. Then around 3:00 the beat switches to a darker beat and Big Sean gives a great verse to end out the track.
“Deja Vu”- This is my top favorite song off this short album. I like Big Sean’s flow on this track it goes perfectly alongside the beat. I also like when Jhene Aiko says “Playing with your emotions, like I’m Chris Tucker in Friday”. I thought that was clever and very well written into her verse as well. She offers a sultry rap verse that is very different to me in the Hip-hop world.
This album is a good collab album among many that have come out over the years. I really love the chemistry that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko share on tracks together, in my opinion, they’re perfect. Just like I think Eminem and Rhianna, they sound very well together. Although the songs tend to blend together, they still sound really good.