Release Date: June 28, 2011
Big Sean is finally famous! After listening to the motown rapper’s debut album, you can feel his new found fame has gotten to his head, and now ours. After being given a once in a lifetime opportunity from Kanye West a few years ago, Sean Anderson has found a way to capture this moment for life. With influences from the obvious Mr. West to Fabolous and Drake, what we get is a smooth summer album that’s sure to impress his quick growing fanbase.
After a short-to the point-intro and his first 2 hit singles, we are off to a good start. “Wait For Me” with Lupe Fiasco is about the trials of balancing a relationship and being a rapper on the road, with a hook that works perfect with the soulful sample. “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” comes next with the Kanye feature we have all been waiting for with Roscoe Dash providing a catchy ass chorus as usual. The party song “Dance (A$$)” is a love or hate track that will most likely become a stripper anthem. More highlights follow on the Pharrell produced and featured “Get It” which brings back a sound missed since Jay-Z’s Black Album. Wiz Khalifa comes through for the smoked out “High” which is already a favorite. Sticking to the topic of fame throughout, cuts like “Memories”, “Living This Life” and “Celebrity” show that Big Sean has a vision that he wants to share with the world. The final track “100 Keys” is an ode to the hood with Pusha T coming through with a classic verse to bless it.
In the end, the features and production on here are stellar. Some people may not get into his style as it may be too laid back or soft, and there is room for improvement lyrically. Besides those few cons, this debut is solid and will be appreciated after repeat listens. Also, releasing it at the beginning of summer will give the album chance to find its legs on the charts with the strength of the many possible singles to follow. Get it!
4 out of 5 Blunts
Wait For Me, 100 Keys, High, I Do It, Celebrity, Get It