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Big Sean and Jhene Aiko get close on the cover of Flaunt Magazine

by Tasharna Brown-Taylor Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Big Sean and Jhene Aiko cover Flaunt Magazine, days after they announced their new LP, TWENTY88.

The rapper and singer have collaborated on a new album together which tells the story of the highs and lows of a relationship, with insights into conflict, memories, love, sex, and more.” 

In the interview they talk about TWENTY88 and what fans can expect when it drops.

Read the highlights from the interview below:

Jhene on her and Sean working as a duet:

“Music now doesn’t really cater to the feelings of a real relationship. 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.”

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Big Sean on them working together:

“We’re in a place where we’re both established, and we’ve laid a lot of groundwork, and it’s really taking it back to just having fun with it. I have fun with her. She’s one of my favorite people to just be around and kick it with.”

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On the sound of  TWENTY88:

“It’s a wide range,” says the 28-year-old Aiko. “It gets turned up,” adds Sean, “then it gets melodic, then it gets vibed out. It touches all these things, but it sounds very cohesive.”

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On their recording sessions:

 “It was usually just me, Jhené, and the engineer,” says Sean, “I had a lot of the raw ideas, and she would build them up. But it was pretty natural and organic.” Sean came up with the concept for the track “On the Way,” he says, “but then she freaked it. It’s about being on the way to somebody. I feel we’ve all had that moment when we’re on the way to that special person. You’ve got that feeling. You’ve been waiting all day for it.”

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On the intimate lyrics on some of the songs:

“Some of these verses on here are for sure about specific people and times,” says Sean. “I don’t know if Jhené was singing about me on any of the songs,” he adds with a grin. “I don’t know if I was singing about her on any of these songs either.” There’s a long silence. Sean and Aiko’s eyes lock. Soon they both erupt in giggles, each looking away coyly, caught in the act of mutual attraction.

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On their first date:

We went on a date,” Aiko reveals. “We went to a Lakers game. It was a long time ago,” (it was in May of 2012 to be exact). “First of all, I had a boyfriend and me and Sean had already met. We were friends. So he asked me to go out with him and even though I had a boyfriend

I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to go to the Lakers game! Sean had never asked me if I had a boyfriend or not.”

“I didn’t care,” Sean inserts.

“It was pretty obvious after a while it was a date,” Aiko continues. “We had never really been alone together. It was really fun. I took a picture of Kobe.”

“Oh, that’s why it was fun?” Sean says with a laugh.

“And then I saw Jack Black and Sean took a picture of me and Jack Black,” adds Aiko, laughing, “I was really excited about that.”

“She was really excited to go with me too,” says Sean.

“The next day they had us up on a blog: Sean’s new Spanish girlfriend or something like that. So I tweeted: ‘I’m not dating Big Sean LOL.’ And then Sean got mad at me like, ‘You gonna play me like that?’ I’m like, ‘But we’re friends!’”

“I’m real serious, but I’m real silly too,” Sean insists. “So she said that, and I was like, ‘Oh straight up.’ She knew it was just from a fun place.”

“So…” says Aiko, “that was our first date.”

Interesting right? It’s quite obvious they have some serious chemistry. We can’t wait to hear the album.

The cover of TWENTY88

The cover of TWENTY88

Read the rest of the interview here

Photo credit- Christian Anwander


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