Big Sean and Jhene Aiko surprised fans on Easter with the announcement of their collaborative project TWENTY88. Now the newly-formed duo formally introduce themselves on the cover of Flaunt magazine’s May 2016 issue.
The cover features Sean and Aiko lovingly embracing each other; with the Detroit rapper rocking a denim biker jacket with a knitted hoodie and the SoCal songbird in an orange wig and silver jacket with matching top.
Aiko believes it’s time for a male and female duo to talk about the ups and downs of a relationship through music.
“Music now doesn’t really cater to the feelings of a real relationship,” she tells Flaunt. “It’s all about trapping and bragging. I feel like this project is something that’s needed right now. The whole idea of the man and woman duet, especially a whole project, is just good for people to see. That duality is a perfect combination.”
Sean Don says the recording process was fairly easy, as their chemistry made for effortless work in the studio. “It was usually just me, Jhené, and the engineer,” he explained. “I had a lot of the raw ideas, and she would build them up. But it was pretty natural and organic.”
According to Flaunt, the self-titled project was overseen by veteran hip-hop producer No I.D. and will be cohesive-but-diverse; featuring various sounds from turn-up music to melodic ballads. Only one cameo has been confirmed on the album, a collaboration with Jodeci singers K-Ci and JoJo on “Two-Minute Warning.”
Along with their album, Sean and Aiko have also shot a short film where they portray futuristic adult film stars.
“We’ve created another world,” says Aiko about the visual. “Both me and Sean are super into fantasy-driven movies and so combining stuff like robots and sex, that pretty much sums us up.”
Sean concurs: “Robots are sexy as s—.”
“We’ve created these characters that are extensions of ourselves,” Aiko continues, “it’s highly sexual.”
Big Sean and Jhene Aiko, as the duo TWENTY88, will make their self-titled project available via digital stores on Friday (April 1).
— TWENTY88 (@twenty88) March 28, 2016