After a slew of mixtape releases and guest appearances, 23-year-old G.O.O.D. Music rapper Big Sean is “Finally Famous.” Finally releasing his debut album, “Finally Famous: The Album,” the charismatic Sean Anderson tries to woo fans and critics alike all in one take. But does this release hold a candle to the mixtapes?
In my mind, it does all of this and more as Sean proves he’s no Drag-On from Ruff Ryders in G.O.O.D. music. He’s more in the mold of a Cam’ron from his Roc-A-Fella days in that he has his own style and lane that most people can appreciate.
If you’re listening, you already know the type of artist Big Sean is. He relies on heavy, almost futuristic sounding beats to complement his unique flow and humorous rhymes. Famous Chicago producer No I.D., known for his early work with Common, handles most of the production and does a masterful job as most of the album highlights stem from his work.
No I.D. takes care of work on lead singles “My Last” and “I Do It,” the former featuring a newly-vindicated Chris Brown providing an excellent hook that sets the pace for a feel-good song geared towards all listeners. Wiz Khalifa comes through and helps prove that his chemistry with Sean is still alive on the 4:20 long “High,” also featuring Chiddy Bang and produced by Xaphoon Jones. The only No I.D. production song that I don’t care for is “Live this life” with The Dream but over time, who knows? I may end up enjoying the song.
As far as criticism? There isn’t much as I find this to be a very cohesive and listenable album. Even the guest appearances don’t outshine Sean as he manages to stand alongside the likes of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and John Legend. My advice to you though, buy the deluxe version. It features five quality tracks and I can’t understand why they were left off the main album.
Truth is, like it or not, Big Sean is here to stay. And with the G.O.O.D. family behind him, we may see even better future releases. For now, Sean Anderson has won me over.
Favorite tracks(deluxe version track included):
1) Don’t Tell me you Love Me
2) Celebrity (feat. Dwele)
4) Marvin Gay & Chardonnay
5) I Do It