Big Sean has finally reached the fame he worked so hard to get. Now in his sophomore album, Hall of Fame, he wants to go down in history, but is he ready? The G.O.O.D Music rapper recruited No ID and Key Wane to split the album’s production down the middle and incorporated young, hot producers, including Travis Scott and Da Internz,to create the perfect sound, but is it enough to be considered a classic?
The HOF intro, “Nothing Is Stopping You,” takes the listener through meeting Kanye at the radio station to living the high life in Venice and bringing up other rappers along the way. “Fire,” recently released with a music video featuring Miley Cyrus, conveys the uplifting feeling that Big Sean was going for. Everyone has to go through the fire.
Big Sean delivers a party anthem with “You Don’t Know,” and gets trap trippy on “10 2 10,” as he boasts about the effects of his heavy work ethic. Nas and Kid Cudi swap “First Chain” stories with Big Sean, which is a pivotal moment in a rapper’s career.
“Mona Lisa,” isn’t about the actual work of art, but about having threesomes with beautiful women. “MILF” gets real ratchet with features from Nicki Minaj and Juicy J. If “Sierra Leone_Greedy Ho’s” gives you that classically smooth, throwback feel, it’s because it was co-produced by No ID and James Poyser. Sean looks to inspire Detroit and the other ‘hoods across America as he teams up with Jeezy and Payroll on “It’s Time.” If you’re enjoying Sean’s singing on this album, spare a few nods for Mike Posner, Key Wane and James Fauntleroy, who is featured on “World Ablaze.”
All of the ladies were waiting for the song where Big Sean would open up about his ex-girlfriend, “Ashley,” which features Miguel, and what exactly went down between the two. Will we hear a response from Ashley? Sean stood on his soapbox and serves a few quotables in “All Figured Out” before closing out the album.
In the deluxe edition Sean hits the ‘hood in the “Mula” remix with 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, and Earlly Mac, gets ratchet on “Switch Up” with Common, and finishes with “Guap.”
How did you feel about Big Sean’s Hall of Fame? Was it all you imagined?