MUSIC WORLD: My (Extended) Review of Big Sean’s “Detroit” + Download Link
Much to the delight of Big Sean fans, the charismatic MC tweeted that he’d be releasing a new mixtape at the beginning of September. One of the few “Freshman Class” of rappers that’s still making GOOD music (pun intended). He’s consistently shown his growth and this project is no different. Riding the high of some high profile features (see: “Mercy” and “I Don’t Like Remix“) and number one singles (see: “Dance (A$$)” and “My Last”), Big Sean offers a mixtape of original beats ahead of his studio release. Check my official extended ass review below. If you wanna get straight to the point, scroll down to “In Summary….”
From the opening, you can tell the overall feel of the mixtape is going to be smoother than his album Finally Famous. The first track feels natural and is followed up by a feature from J. Cole. He rarely disappoints, and this contribution is no exception. We’re pleasantly surprised by the first interlude featuring Common. He takes the time to discuss his experience with Detroit, most notably the now infamous J. Dilla. It’s a pleasant story and who ever complains about hearing Common‘s voice? Not I.
By simply naming the mixtape “Detroit,” it’s clear Big Sean is putting on for his city. The sound reflects that most noticeably in “How It Feel.” The song could’ve easily been played during the “Player’s Ball” episode of Martin. His pre-released visual for a snippet of the song reflects this mood as seen above. Young Chop provides the next track which features a slew of Detroit natives: Say It Ain’t Tone, Mike Posner, Early Mac, and James Fantleroy. If you’ve never listened to Say It Ain’t Tone or Early Mac before, thank Big Sean for introducing you.
Can we take a moment and talk about Juicy J‘s comeback? Dude went from near obscurity following Hustle & Flow to making one of the biggest tracks of the summer and is now featured on one of the most anticipated mixtapes of the year. Anywaydoe, Big Sean’s unique double-time flow that is equally tongue-tying and enunciated is on full display in this song. Oh yeah, King Chip makes an appearance as well.
Young Chop provides another “drill” beat for Big Sean, this time featuring French Montana. It’s nice to hear some quality rhymes over a Young Chop beat instead of just hearing “…I don’t like!” over and over again. Kudos to Sean and French for showing the possibilities of this type of production with “Mula.” The stories of Detroit pick back up with Young Jeezy. I would’ve preferred a feature from him, but I liked his banter about strip clubs and real niggas. Kendrick Lamar makes a surprise appearance on “100” which also featured Royce Da 5’9. If track starts off slow and you skipped past it, go back! Both Royce and Kendrick offer introspective verses about their lives and where they want to be in the future.
Chris Brown appears for what could be every 20-something man’s anthem, “Sellin Dreams.” This song made me laugh, though it isn’t comedic at all. The truth of the song in conjunction with my experiences made this song entertaining. Check it below.
“We had that independent love, you tried to bring a label in. Girlfriend? Man, I already got one. You need a good guy and I’m already not one.”
and quality of the mixtape kinda diminishes with the song “I’m Gonna Be” featuring Jhene Aiko, “FFOE,” and “Do What You Gotta Do” featuring Tyga. Each are forgettable and you really won’t miss much by skipping em. But LOL at Snoop Dogg (editor’s note: I don’t respect the name change to Snoop Lion) saying ,“It’s so cold in the D” during his story time interlude. “RWT” is just as good as the preview. Coupled with the Hit-Boy produced “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Sean makes up for the previous three lackluster songs. Those serve as the official ending for the mixtape. There are two bonus tracks though. One is the previously leaked “Life Should Go On” featuring Wale. It’s cool. The track with Wiz Khalifa? I would’ve preferred an early leak of “Clique” with ‘Ye and Jay.
The shit is cold. I’m a little surprised Meek Mill didin’t make an appearance, but it still feels complete without it. I love that he reached back to the D for some more “local” artists. Big Sean continues to prove why he’s one of (if not THE most) exciting member of GOOD Music.
My favorite tracks: Higher, How It Feel, 100, Mula, Sellin Dreams
You can skip: I’m Gonna Be, FFOE, Do What I Gotta Do
Download the tape HERE. What do you think?
Posted on September 6, 2012, in ALBUM REVIEWS, Mixtapes, music, NEW MUSIC and tagged Album Review, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Early Mac, French Montana, J. Cole, jhene aiko, Kendrick Lamar, King Chip, Mike Posner, Mixtape, music, NEW MUSIC, Royce Da 5'9, Say It Ain't Tone, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, wale, Wiz Khalifa, Young Chop. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.