(AllHipHop News) Big Sean and Jhené Aiko teamed up for the forthcoming collaborative project Twenty88. The two Def Jam recording artists spoke with Flaunt about the joint effort.
With Sean being a wordplay rapper from Detroit and Aiko being an alternative R&B singer from Los Angeles, some listeners are interested to know what their combined style will sound like. The duo insisted Twenty88 will be different from their respective individual music.
“It’s a wide range,” said Aiko. “It gets turned up.”
Sean added, “Then it gets melodic, then it gets vibed out. It touches all these things, but it sounds very cohesive.”
Aiko and Sean first met in producer No I.D.’s L.A. office in 2012, but they began putting the project together last summer. The creative process for Twenty88 includes friendly competition between the two performers.
“I think secretly there’s a little competition,” stated Aiko. “I want my verse to sound better than his, and he wants his to sound better than mine.”
According to the pair, Twenty88 is set to include elements of fantasy and science fiction. Sex will play a big role on the project as well (look for K-Ci and JoJo to make an appearance on the sexually explicit song “Two-Minute Warning”). The outcome was a musical collection that was created mostly in the minds of Sean and Aiko.
“It was usually just me, Jhené, and the engineer,” said Sean. “I had a lot of the raw ideas, and she would build them up. But it was pretty natural and organic.”