You’d be surprised how far a very good relationship can take you. Well, possibly not when you’re Jacquees. The Atlanta-hailing Money Money Records singer’s third studio album is executive-produced by friend and collaborator Future—yes, that Future, the superstar MC whose singing voice is anything but traditional. But essentially the most incredible a part of the arrangement is how easily it seems to have come together.
“Future is like my big bro,” Jacquees told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I used to be principally within the studio in Miami in the future and Future got here to holler at Bird and Slim and played [them] a pair records that we had already did. Stunna was like, ‘Why you ain’t tell me you had songs with Future?’ I’m like, ‘Man, I forgot.’ Future was like, ‘I could really executive-produce the entire project.’ And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how business gets done.”
If Sincerely for You carries any traces of Future’s influence, though, they’re likely buried within the character traits he and Jacquees naturally share. We hear Future’s voice on the you’re-too-pretty-not-to-spoil ode “When You Bad Like That,” but we are able to imagine him nodding along approvingly to Jacquees singing about humble beginnings on “Sincerely for You (Intro)” and “The Mud”; how he’ll treat a lover higher than anyone else will on “Say Yea,” “Reason Why,” and “Be With You”; and the voracity of his sexual appetite on “Ya Body,” “Way Too Many Shots,” “Still That,” and “Tipsy.”
Interestingly enough, it’s the 6LACK and Summer Walker collaboration “Tell Me It’s Over”—versus, say, “Sex, Hennessy & R&B,” a song whose title posits it as the final word distillation of the Jacquees lifestyle—that the singer feels is most representative of the vision for this project. “It’s an excellent opportunity to work with Summer Walker on a regular basis, and 6LACK,” he says. “I got a number of them on this album, but I definitely feel like this record right here is just special. It’s one in all those Jacquees records that each one my fans been waiting for.”