From the way the old saying is set up, there are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth. Somewhere between the personal opinions, personal attacks and personal pain, lies the objective fact many of us can't usually see when tears blurs our vision, screams overpower our arguments and rage clouds our judgement. In a tumultuous relationship, no one wins, especially not truth. But when it comes to Big Sean and Jhene Aiko's recently-formed duo Twenty88 and the delivery of their debut collaborative self-titled EP, the pair have offered eight vulnerable melancholic cuts depicting a fantasy relationship's manic highs and dangerous lows where the only thing that survives is the truth.

The Detroit rapper and L.A singer have flexed their uncanny sonic chemistry previously on Sean's 2013 Hall of Fame album cut 'Beware' and 'I Know' from Dark Sky Paradise. But within the dystopian trap-R&B yowls and sex jams embedded into their new passion project, best friends and frequent collaborators are infatuated partners and scorned lovers, balancing both sides of their spastic relationship, convincingly articulating their characters' faults, fears and failures through modern bluesy song.

Jhene is no hook-girl here, abandoning the post to deliver half of the dysfunction and pleasure, while Sean takes a step away (although not entirely,) from predictable hackneyed punchlines. They compliment each other and oppose the other when necessary over booze-infused cohesive and risk-free late night production courtesy of Tommy Browne, Detail and Sean's long-time hit-man Key Wayne. On 'Selfish,' the duo trade accusations over self-aggrandizing claims, before putting the dysfunction on hold in order to make up on the sensuous and seductive '2 Minute Warning,' which also features the legendary K-Ci and JoJo. It's a toxic game they play throughout the 30-minute project, without ever garnering the introspection they need until things are too late.