Ladies, let me begin by telling you that if you’re looking for a soundtrack to this upcoming cuffing season, Jhene Aiko has delivered with her latest project, “Trip”. Get into that relationship bag, and get ready, because TWENTY88 is serving modern day relationship goals all throughout this album.
Trip features 22 records…yeah 22 records of pure emotion. Artists like Big Sean (Obviously), Swae Lee, Brandy, and Kurupt are all featured on the project in a way that really makes all the music flow. On this album you’ll hear songs like “Oblivion (Creation)” that allows the listener to peek into the relationship Jhene, or Penny as she’s affectionately known, had with her brother who she lost to a brain tumor in July of 2012. Songs like “While We’re Young”, and “OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive)” allow you to feel the pure love Jhene is feeling at this point in her life, and songs like “Frequency” lets you hear her prayer for herself, her situation, and her generation.
Jhene Aiko poured her heart into this project, and it shows how transparent she loves to be in her music.
Moments (Feat. Big Sean)
Now we can all see how in love Jhene Aiko and Big Sean are just from their social media, and their appearances, and this song Moments gives us more of the same. It talks about how both Jhene and Sean want to be stuck in a moment in time with each other not worrying about the past or the future. This song makes you want to cuddle up with that special someone and do just what the song says, get caught in the moment. Cuffing season here we come.
Sativa (Feat. Swae Lee)
Sativa delivers us more of the same of the love making type of music from Jhene, but this time featuring a duet style hook with Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd. This song reminds me of a college relationship on a friday night. Drinking your favorite drink, smoking on some…trees, and getting really freaky. This record is the perfect compliment to a night of passion with that special someone. Sounds like Jhene got a hit with this one here.
Never Call Me (Feat. Kurupt)
Never Call Me caught me by surprise upon first listen. In this record Jhene is addressing someone for not keeping contact with her. She makes it clear that she’s not the one to mess with, and with big bro Kurupt jumping to her defense at the end of the song, I think this certain person better stay away. Well after some digging, we find out that this someone is Jhene’s ex-husband, producer Dot the Genius, according to Genius.com. For those who didn’t know, Jhene was married to Dot in 2015, but divorced just about a year later in August of 2016 due to “irreconcilable differences”. Jhene admitted in different interviews that Dot hadn’t kept up the communication between the two of them which allowed the relationship to fizzle out. This record shows just how deep Aiko gets on this album.
Sing to Me (Feat. Namiko Love)
Now Sing to Me is a record that offers a totally different vibe than the rest of the songs on the album, but somehow in her own way, Jhene makes this song work in the grand of the album. This song features Jhene’s daughter, Namiko Love singing with her sharing how much she loves her mommy, and vice versa. When I heard this song, it immediately made me think of the song “I Love You So Much”, a DJ Khaled record featuring (starring) Chance the Rapper rapping about his love for his daughter and their family. Jhene channels those same feelings with this record, and hearing Namiko’s voice throughout the song will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
“Trip” is an amazing body of work that again, flows so well. Jhene Aiko starts out sharing with us how in love she is in her relationship with boyfriend Big Sean. She then goes on to shine a light on the hardships of past relationships and depression that she’s gone through before reaching this point of bliss; and then to round out this body of work, she talks about the love for her daughter, and her hopes and prayers for a better world, and a better self. When you break it down that way, the almost overwhelming 22 tracks doesn’t seem too overwhelming at all. So Brava Ms. Aiko. Thank You for being so transparent and blessing your fans with such a deep look into your life.
-Darrel Kidd <@theundere5timated> on Instagram