Review: “JEANS” by Jessie Reyez & Miguel

Vincent Anthony
2 Min Read

This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

An R&B duet is a dish best served hot — with the right ingredients, a pair of crooners can combine to create cosmic chemistry. On “JEANS,” budding star Jessie Reyez and burgeoning icon Miguel join forces to secure their very much-deserved places in R&B. The scintillatingly slow jam is anything but shy with its grind-inducing guitar licks and blush-inducing explicit lyrics. Reyez’s gruff and gritty vocals are perfectly complimented by Miguel’s guttural groans. The track may be titled after an article of clothing, but the pair surely has every intention of inspiring their removal. It’s a sure thing.

Watch the “JEANS” video, stream it, or get some records by Miguel or Jessie Reyez.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.