An Inch from Stardom: Big Sean

To succeed in hip hop, like in literature, you need a defining album. Chimamanda had Purple Hibiscus, George Orwell had Animal Farm, and F.Scott Fitzgerald had The Great Gatsby. Is I Decided Big Sean’s masterpiece?

Big Sean has been signed to G.O.O.D music for the last ten years (Doesn’t it make you realise how old you really are?) “Marvin and Chardonnay” came out six years ago. “Beware” came out four years ago. “I Don’t Fuck with you” came out three years ago. This is a vicious cycle that Big Sean is trapped in. Every so often he has a string of brilliant singles that fill the airwaves for months (aren’t you tired of “Moves” already?) and after his album comes out, he fades back into obscurity.

This isn’t to say that Big Sean is a bad rapper. He certainly doesn’t break any top ten lists but his lyricism is occasionally great (See: “Halfway off the Balcony”, “Jump Out the Window”). Plus, his work with Jhené Aiko (See:Twenty88) is remarkably good. The main problem is that he doesn’t have a defining album yet. He doesn’t have that one album that makes an artist great. It’s the album that brings to light how good your music may actually be. For some artists, their debut happens to be their defining album, Kanye’s College Dropout for example. For others, it may come much later in their discography, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu, for example. A defining album doesn’t just make a rapper great. It allows us to forgive them for any musical transgressions they may commit in future. Drake gave us Nothing was the same and for that we’re willing to forgive Views.

A defining album doesn’t even have to be extremely spectacular. Logic’s Under Pressure is a pretty good album, but it isn’t critically acclaimed. Regardless, without it we wouldn’t know about the many other excellent mixtapes he’s put out. Without Good kid, m.a.a.d city we wouldn’t know about Section.80.  Without Coloring Book, many of us wouldn’t know about Acid Rap.

I decided. isn’t going to be Big Sean’s The Blueprint. While this may be unfortunate, once we have Sean’s defining album, I feel like we will appreciate his music much much more. Besides, he has Jhené. What more do you ask from life?

Favourite Tracks:”Light”, “Jump Out the Window”, “Owe me”, “Halfway Off the Balcony”, “Bigger than me”.

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Rated: 3.2/ 5 

Image: The Early Registration

 

5 comments

  1. Andrew Marco · February 14

    wow, really loved the way that you wrote this. I never really thought about how individuals who find new artists through a new album, then look back at their discography. That’s awesome!

    I wouldn’t say that this is his defining album either, but it’s solid. Overall, do you have a favorite Big Sean song?

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    • Eric Kariuki · February 15

      Thank you very much. Be sure to check out my other posts too.
      I’ve had “Jump out the window” on constant replay. But my favorite would have to be “First Chain” featuring Nas and Kid Cudi. I feel like its a highly underrated song.

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  2. Andrew Marco · February 21

    Most definitely man, will for sure check out your other posts and read them. Can’t hate on a song with Nas right?

    I was wondering if you were on FB at all? We have a community of music lovers and sharers and was wondering if you’d like to share your article with them! Check us out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/musicmoguls/

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    • Eric Kariuki · February 26

      I actually was not. But now I’m actually considering it. Thank you very much.

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  3. Andrew Marco · February 27

    awesome! If you do join, please let me know! Would love to add you as a friend 🙂

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