Big Sean released his anticipated sophomore album Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The Detroit native delivers a powerful and complete follow-up from his debut album Finally Famous, which created a huge buzz for the 25-year-old G.O.O.D. Music rapper.
With lead singles such as “Beware” featuring Lil’ Wayne & Jhene Aiko and “Fire,” Big Sean took a slightly different approach, showing his fans a more personal and chill vibe that showcased more vulnerability. He opens up his album with “Nothing is Stopping You,” setting the balance for the entire album delivering a message of hope and setting an inspirational tone to the entire piece of work.
Some might say he’s gone a little soft with records like “Ashley,” featuring Miguel, which talks about breaking up with his ex-girlfriend and how it had an emotional impact on him.
Although, the track “Control” featuring Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica didn’t make it on the album because of licensing issues, it definitely delivered a spark to Hall of Fame and for hip-hop culture. The “controversial” bars from Compton, Calif based lyricist Kendrick Lamar had the entire genre of hip-hop on notice, competitively calling out fellow rappers J. Cole, Big Sean, Wale, A$AP Rocky and more. I don’t feel that Kendrick’s name-dropping constitutes as a diss, but that seems to be the general consensus amongst the hip-hop community. Then again, some might say Big Sean displays immense versatility and range from a cautionary love tale to linking up with the King and Queen of Ratchet club bangers, Juicy J & Nicky Minaj with the track titled “MILF.”
Aside from the lead singles, Big Sean collaborated with 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Nas, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, James Fauntleroy and Common. The album features uncredited vocals from Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.