Published on September 2nd, 2013 | by Black Hokage12
Big Sean | Hall Of Fame [Review]
Hall Of Fame is the sophomore effort from GOOD Music’s Big Sean. Not the biggest fan of him, so I went into this not knowing what to expect. After a weeks worth of listens I can say that I’m pleasantly surprised. First thing you notice about the album is the growth. Hall Of Fame doesn’t sound like a collection of radio singles, but instead a complete project. Now when I say complete I don’t mean perfect, but it just sounds like he was actually going for a cohesive sound.
The record opens up with a song called Nothing Is Stopping You. Sean takes the time to lie down his detailed journey to success & remind you that Nothing Is Stopping you, but you. He reiterates how he met Kanye at his local Detroit radio station and spat a freestyle for him which is a major stepping stone. Then goes into how he allows others to spit for him to return the karma & spread the success. So if you’re a thirsty upcoming rapper run up on Big Sean and just start rapping lol. The production is bananas and overall the record does the album justice by setting the tone for Hall Of Fame.
Opening song is followed by another one of my favorites off the album Fire. It’s another food for thought record with dope production and quotables. Lines like “Stop having people at the shows that wasn’t at rehearsals” & “Not everybody has a dad, but everyone has an Uncle Sam & he didn’t come around until I made a hundred grand” proves dude can spit some bars. After that the album becomes blah. The next song is 10 2 10 which is just a trap record. It’s cool to turn up to, but I don’t see it having longevity. He’s not saying shit. I wasn’t feeling Toyota music either. Just felt like a filler song.
After making it pass those two songs I think the album picks back. On You Don’t Know he discuss relationships & the effect it has on him. The production outshines the lyrics though. I love the sample on this as well as the heavy use of bass and clap in the background. Sadly this is spoiled by the follow-up song Beware. Not a bad song, but it’s definitely for females. That’s all I have to say about that one. Sean redeems himself with records like Mona Lisa & Milf. Mona because well … Nas is on it. That’s an automatic winner and Milf because it’s creative. He puts himself in the shoes of a man dating a milf and dealing with the kids. Eating their snacks and messing with the mom. The hook is a kid shouting “Quit messing with my momma!”. It’s a funny record. Now I was disappointed by him putting Mula on Hall Of Fame. This song was on his Detroit Mixtape and should have been left there. It has a new verses on it from Meek Mill & 2Chainz, but it wasn’t necessary. Meek does his typical shouting all over the damn record & 2Chainz is 2Chainz. This could have been released to the blogs as a free download.
Overall I enjoyed Hall Of Fame. I didn’t really like his first album. It was just a collection of radio singles, but this one sounds like more thought went it to. He shows growth and the album will be in a rotation for a few months. Give Hall Of Fame a listen. You might be surprised.
Favorite Songs: Nothing is stopping you, Fire, All figured out
Worst Songs: Beware, Toyota Music
Here a stream for Hall Of Fame