Trevor Jackson is far from a music hoarder. After featuring on a couple of joint efforts (“Real Black,” “Real Love, Pt. 2”) with some of his fellow R&B brothers, the talented superstar shares his first solo single of 2020 titled “Just Friends.”
Musically, The Aristocrats-produced track contains a reworked sample of Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s 2004 anthem “Lovers and Friends” featuring Usher and Ludacris. Its analogy melded together with Jackson’s head-scratching lyrical content as it relates to platonism between him and a female friend makes absolutely perfect sense.
Instead of calling each other up to let out frustrations about each other’s unappreciative partners, Jackson wonders why they just won’t become a romantic item.
“Just Friends” is the lead single to Jackson’s debut album, which is on the way in 2021. The album, slated to be released through BornArt/EMPIRE, follows his Rough Drafts, Pt. 1 project, and its sequel.
He hinted at the possibility of a Rough Drafts, Pt. 3 in a September 2019 interview. He confessed that the project would be focused on breakups. “I feel like when you’re young, people kind of underplay the effect that a breakup can have on you,” Jackson exclusively shared to Rated R&B. “I think that it’s like trauma, you know? It’s hard for men to access that part of themselves — the sensitive part and admitting that they’re in pain. I think this album gives a good inside look at how a lot of men feel when they go through breakups.”
Listen to “Just Friends” by Trevor Jackson below.