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|Big Sean - Finally Famous Review|
|04-07-2011 07:18 | 1 comment(s)|
| Congratulations to Big Sean. He is "finally famous!"
On June 28, after years of critically-acclaimed mixtapes, countless release dates, and standout features and freestyles, the G.O.O.D. music/Def Jam debut of Detroit's own Big Sean, is finally hitting store shelves.
With guidance from executive producers Kanye West and No I.D. (who handles production for 8 tracks on Finally Famous) and producers like Kevin Randolph, Key Wayne, Boi-1da, Xaphoon Jones, and Da Internz laying the groundwork for Sean to tell his story, the album exceeds what is typically expected of a rapper's debut. For instance, there are a number of features from artists like Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Chiddy Bang, Chris Brown, Pusha T, and more. Because of this, Finally Famous has shaped up to be one of the summer's hottest albums, and it was well worth the wait.
The album kicks off with a 1:15 "Intro," as Sean rap a few bars over a melodic piano about finally making it and how he wants to take listeners on his journey. He says: "I turn mistakes into lessons/ dead ends to exits/On the journey of my life, so I'm inviting y'all to get in/ Let's go,"
The intro leads into one of the album's standout tracks, "I Do It." What started out as a calling card for Sean has now turned into an actual song, and it does not disappoint. "I'm high/ I split an O in half / Now it's a parenthesis," is just one of many clever lines Sean implements into this song, which leads into the album's single, "My Last," featuring Chris Brown. There is no way you have not heard this song on your local radio, so you already know what you're getting on this one. It certainly serves the purpose as the "single" needed to generate spins and exposure for Sean. Bravo.
The next track is "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," This is one of the expected tracks for the ladies; very "Drake-like" when it comes to the melody, hook, and chorus, but it doesn't come off as passable. The thumping beat keeps you tuned in regardless of the subject matter, which is about not wanting to hear those words, because it makes it so much harder to let his girl go.
"Wait For Me" is next, featuring Lupe Fiasco and it is a decent song, though not as much of a standout as you would expect. But, it certainly has a place on the album. Lupe seems to get the better of this song, with lines like: "Waiting's got me here in the first place / another second, I've been second, maybe third in the worst case / Now it's displayed in my wordplays." Next is "Dance (A$$)" which has a great sample and simple production. It is a very mediocre song in terms of content, but fits perfectly on the album with its pounding bassline.
"Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay," which also features Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, is a certified smash, plain and simple. Big Sean flows so perfectly, and Roscoe does his hook thing. As expected, Kanye does "it," especially with lines like: "Everybody rip the swag off, before I rip the tag off / Why my pants sag off? / Cause I'm rapping my ass off". This is bound to be hitting the airwaves shortly, so don't be surprised if this becomes one of the top summer 2011 anthems.
The album continues to move along with tracks like "Memories (Part II)" featuring John Legend and "High" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang (which could have just as easily been featured on Rolling Papers). Where many debut albums will play host features on nearly every song, Big Sean has just the right amount of guests to complement him well, especially on these two tracks. "Memories" is a reworked track from one of Sean's earlier mixtapes and is about the balance between both the highs and lows of life and success, while "High" is about the joys of herbal living. Both are great representations of Sean's diverse styles and lyrical content.
Finally Famous wraps up with a number of great songs including four bonus tracks. "So Much More" is the album's "outro," while "What Goes Around," "Celebrity" featuring Dwele, and "100 Keys" featuring Rick Ross and Pusha T are all bonus songs that complement the album as a whole and just give further introspection into the mind of Big Sean. It tends to be obvious why these are bonus songs, more so for the sound then for content.
It is evident after listening to Finally Famous that Big Sean has managed to find the perfect balance between wordplay and commercialism. He doesn't lose sight of himself for a second, and just about every track on the album is considered a "Big Sean track" in terms of the lyrics, punchlines, production, and overall sound that his listeners have grown accustomed to. This is more than a worthy debut for one of Hip-Hop's new school highlights. Big Sean is certainly here to stay, and with a successful team and label behind him, as well as one of the biggest entertainers in the world fully supporting him, we should be seeing more of Sean as the years go on. Keep doing it, "boi."
Must Hear: "I Do It", "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay", "Memories (Part II)", "Celebrity"
Skip: "Live This Life", "Get It"
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