Arts and Culture Editor
Big Sean is the biggest problem with this project. There are only 4 good songs: Blessing, All Your Fault, IDFWY, and Paradise. The instrumentals are decent, many of them could show up on most popular hip hop albums today. He enlists DJ Mustard to do a lot of the production, but the problem with this is that Big Sean doesn’t sounds good on any of these songs and it feels like he choose to put him on the album just because his style has been popular this year.
The one exception to this is “IDFWU” which feels like a forced poppy slogan track, hoping on the “YOLO” and “My N****” bandwagon. Some of the best instruments on this project are “Blessings” (thank goodness they took off Kanye’s very phoned in verse from the album version) and “Paradise” but all these instrumentals still sound like they would fit perfectly on a Drake project or a Mike-Will Made It project, but don’t show Sean as a unique artist. These are good songs but they aren’t distinctive.
Big Sean is out rapped by almost all the other rappers on this album. Drake kills him on "Blessings," Kanye West kills him on "All Your Fault," and even Lil Wayne overshadows Sean on "Deep," which is a song that would be hard to listen to with Wanye's verse. His verse are very corny. He says "I ain't going out to eat but these h*** stuck at the steakhouse," and "I'm doing extra numbers cause i'm Chinese," all in the first song. There is a list as long as this article with corny, wack Big Sean lines.
While the first half of the project is filled with a lot more party songs, the second half consists of Big Sean trying as hard as he can to be deep and introspective. This fails horribly with that because his lyrics have the emotional depth of a spoiled child. Big Sean is as a lyricist corny and really unappealing. Not all rapper need to be lyrics, but his nasally voice doesn’t even make him enjoyable to listen to. His songs aren’t well crafted enough to be interested by themselves. In 2015, does Sean really think that people want to hear about how much money you have and how famous you are in a non creative way?
The biggest issue with with Big Sean is really his rapping. He can rap, and at times well but he cannot write great songs and he lacks an unique style and throughout this project just hops on popular trends. This is Big Sean best project though and I does show some progress as an artist. If you liked Sean’s previous project then definitely check this one out but if not, there are a couple good songs but overall it’s a very weak project.
Here is the music video to the single Blessings: