TWENTY88 – TWENTY88 Review

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Release Date: April 1, 2016

Track Listing

  1. Déjà vu
  2. Selfish
  3. On The Way
  4. Push It
  5. 2 Minute Warning feat. Detail & K-Ci & JoJo
  6. Talk Show
  7. Memories Faded
  8. London Bridge

Review

TWENTY88 is a group consisting of rapper Big Sean and singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko. The L.A.-based songstress and Detroit-based rapper previously collaborated on Sean’s tracks Beware (from his second album, Hall of Fame) and I Know (from his third album Dark Sky Paradise).

Their self-titled debut EP tells the story of the highs and lows of a relationship, including conflict, love and sex. It also features guest appearances from K-Ci & JoJo and artist/producer Detail. The sound of TWENTY88 is a mix of 70’s Rock and Soul and 90’s R&B incorporated with ambient, trap and neo-soul elements. It makes for a rather interesting blend of mellowness that is free of the trappings of the typical braggadocious verses from the rapper and diva notes from the vocalist.

There is a very nice chemistry between the members of this group and their playful exchanges allow each person to shine in their way. Although some may find one half of the pairing grabs the spotlight a little more than the other. It does become a little obvious after a few spins.

At 31 minutes, this EP doesn’t drag on or outstay its welcome. It’s concise and does have a good flow overall. Tracks to take note of are Deja Vu, On the Way and Talk Show. The last track in the list is the most interesting as it plays out much like a conversation on a daytime program where feuding couples air their dirty laundry. There isn’t a lot that you can bump in your ride at 11 other than perhaps the track Selfish, which is about the only uptempo song on this EP.

TWENTY88 is geared towards those who enjoy the quiet storm format type of music. Much of this is a prime soundtrack for some romantic rendezvous or straight-up sexing. If that’s your thing, then this album is for you.

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