Big Sean – Hall Of Fame
Detroit’s own Big Sean has seen his stock rise over the course of the past few years and is one of the higher profile artist for this new era in Hip Hop. As a member of the Kanye West helmed G.O.O.D Music crew and a Def Jam Records signee, Sean is in a great space right now. Fresh off the release of his controversial “Control” record which featured Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica, Sean has reached household name status. With his sophomore release on deck, Sean Don addresses his most personal issues to date along with some key hit records that are sure to further his rise to stardom.
Here are the SOHH.com 5 Reasons to download Hall Of Fame.
1. Finally Famous
Sean has worked diligently up until this point to build his musical career. After being signed to Kanye in 2007 and officially joining the Def Jam roster a year later, Sean released three mixtapes under the Finally Famous title until he dropped his solo debut in 2011. Subsequently, the emcee was featured on the GOOD Music compilation Cruel Summer in which he was a standout throughout. Impressive verses on songs like “Mercy” and “Clique” raised his status to an all time high. Around the period of Cruel Summer dropping, Sean also fed the streets with his highly acclaimed Detroit mixtape which increased his popularity and showcased his underrated lyrical abilities. Taking a look back on Sean’s grustle, listeners will be able to see the growth with his second official album. He lets fans into his thought process and insight, while maintaining his knack for creating mainstream bangas that contain his more humorous and witty bars he has been celebrated for.
2. Inspirational Themes
Sean brings a rare air of positivity to the table as an artist. Overcoming obstacles and making dreams reality are one of the central themes on this LP. For example, “Nothing Is Stopping You” is a big highlight on the album and is an introduction song about how he met Kanye West and essentially got in the game by showcasing his talent and remaining determined. On the second verse, Sean returns the favor to a young artist on the come up. The track ending bridge finds Sean pushing through and having faith although he feels doubts about his future at times. His mother finishes the song with a motivational statement that adds a sincere touch to the track. The soulful cut, produced by long time Sean collaborator Key Wane is a creative and meaningful track. Peep the bars below.
“I woke up early on a Saturday/
Said I’mma cash my check and hit some @ss today/
Hit the bank, my n*gg* called me like: “Go rap for Ye/
He at the station, rap that sh*t that you rap everyday”/
Man, that sh*t sounds stupid/
Then I hung up on his @ss, then called him back like “F*ck, let’s do it”/
I didn’t even cash my check, man can’t believe my @ss pursued it/
I didn’t even have no gas but somehow God just lead me to it/
Like, “Let’s do it” – Big Sean
3. Mix It Up
Sean is able to bring his listeners through a variety of different topics throughout Hall Of Fame. “MILF” is pure comedy and brings an entertaining listen that centers around older women and why they do what they do better. “First Chain” has Sean reminiscing about his humble beginnings and thoughts about the first chain Kanye gave him and what it represented. It also touched on some of the unfortunate situations going on in his city of Detroit. “10 2 10″ has a vicious sound to it and shows Sean switching up his flow. He’s letting it be known how working around the clock relentlessly is crucial for success. “Ashley” is a sentimental track about his ex lady that shows a more vulnerable side, while “World Ablaze” addresses more personal views and shows distinct introspective messages. All in all, Sean has put together a project that has diversity and will appeal overall to a wide audience. It is also noteworthy that Sean has recorded his new LP without a Kanye feature or beat.
4. Substance Status
Sean has made sure to add music to HOF that will have meaning and value for those that need it for years to come. He sat down with California radio station Power 106 on Big Boy’s Neighborhood show to discuss what kind of impact he expects his album to have. He states, “I really wanted to make sure I got songs across that people can live to, relate to, that can help them get through times – as opposed to always trying to hop on a song and prove I can rap or do this and do that. I really wanted to make something that expanded my artistry.”
Hall Of Fame has an impressive guestlist with artists such as Lil’ Wayne, Jhené Aiko, Nas, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Young Jeezy, Payroll, James Fauntleroy, Common, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Earlly Mac and Miguel. Key Wane, No ID, Mike Dean, Da Internz, The Twilite Tone, Million $ Mano, James Poyser, Xaphoon Jones, Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr., Rob Kinelski, Sean Anderson and Travi$ Scott are listed for production credits with No ID and Key Wane getting the bulk of the sounds.