June 28, 2011 in Reviews
Artist: Big Sean
Album: Finally Famous
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Star Rating: 4
Big Sean is an artist that I took a long time to come and accept. As much hype as there was around his name, I only paid attention to his music because he was signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music record label. Because of his huge fan base, I felt forced to listen to his debut album and write a review for it. As the intro track started playing, I began to think to myself exactly how a fairly new artist had as many fans as he did. I didn’t need to look far for an answer because he explains it right in the intro track. “I never made the crowd fans, I made them all fam.”
I treated Big Sean with the same respect I do with every artist that I come across. No matter who the artist is, I believe everyone is working hard to make it some place in the world. Because I gave Big Sean a try, his album “Finally Famous” really opened my eyes. His flow and style is something that most people will need time to accept. But listening to this album gave me an insight to what his fans see in him. Every song starting with “I Do It” has the effect to get you moving and nodding your head. His song “My Last” featuring Chris Brown became an instant hit with his fans and anyone else that listens to the radio or goes to the club.
But Sean didn’t make just any old club banger with this song, he made a song that had a message. Although we might not be able to relate to his lavish lifestyles and parties, we can relate by having a day in our lives which almost seemed perfect. Keeping up with the same theme, Big Sean creates songs that we all somehow relate to. His love songs about people we’ve lost and missed out on contain images that have flashed by our own eyes at one point or another. To drive the point a little further, he invites other great artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and John Legend to accompany him in telling his life stories.
Even though his songs relate with his fans, most of the music that Big Sean makes is directed towards the younger college crowd. I don’t think that’s a negative aspect because that’s the group he can most associate with and that just makes his lyrics more genuine. Being a fairly new artist, I expect to see much more great work coming from Big Sean. Having a mentor like Kanye West is only gonna make things better. Sean has had the opportunity to work with great talents and I hope he uses his life lessons to his advantage.