Big Sean and Jhene Aiko Announce Surprise Joint Album for April Fools Day
It looks like the rumors are true. On Easter Sunday (March 27), both Big Sean and Jhene Aiko gave fans a surprise gift when they announced the arrival of their joint album, Twenty88. Through their individual Twitter accounts, the frequent collaborators revealed the project will be dropping on April Fools Day (April 1).
That same Sunday, a mysterious Twitter account named after their joint venture popped up out of nowhere. The rapper and r&b singer reposted images and videos from the account, which included the album's cover art. The cover art features an up-close side-by-side image of Big Sean and Jhene Aiko's faces. The songstress is seen rocking a vibrant orange wig, while the Chicago native sported gold chains.
The first video used to promote Twenty88 featured the two sitting in the backseat of a roomy car. There's clearly tension in the air, as the artists are positioned with significant distance between them. Refusing to look each other in the eyes and purposefully ignoring each other's glances is a perfect recipe for a breakup song.
— TWENTY88 (@twenty88) March 28, 2016
The second video is filled with slightly suggestive visuals. The 28-year-old California native is clutching on to what looks to be Big Sean's hand as he grabs her neck. Jhene Aiko does not appear to be wearing any clothes. She continues to move provocatively back and fourth with her head tilted back and mouth wide open.
This week was full of surprises on Big Sean's end. After celebrating his 28th birthday on Good Friday (March 25), the rapper gifted fans with a new song called "Get My S*** Together." The track was produced and laced with a beat by Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks. On the song, he talks about his life journey and making it in the music industry.
"I've been choosin' wrong girls my whole life / I hope I don't fail the test again and have her goin' through my texts again religiously like it's the Old Testament and end up single, alone, and stressed again," Big Sean said on the song.
Working together in the studio is nothing new for the Def Jam artists. Big Sean called on Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko for his 2013 single, "Beware." The track came from his second studio album, Hall of Fame. In 2015, the two released a heartfelt single called "I Know" from his certified platinum album, Dark Sky Paradise. The song was accompanied by a video that portrayed the label mates in their old age, finding love in a nursing home.
Look out for Big Sean and Jhene Aiko's forthcoming EP this Friday, April 1.