Don’t ever tell me Big Sean can’t rap.
2013 wasn’t exactly the benchmark year that the title of his album – Hall Of Fame – might indicate, but Sean, when on, can trade bars with some of the best. Like “Control.” I’m lost when people say that he ruined the track (as Ryan articulated). Bars like “We on, tryin’ to be better than everybody that’s better than everybody/Rep Detroit, everybody/Detroit vs. everybody” make me wish I was from Detroit just so I could properly rock a “Detroit Vs. Everybody” tee. Something that defiant is just bad-ass.
He just needs to switch gears a bit. Tone down the “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” and drop more “F*ck My Opponent.” Less “Dance,” more “Home Town Hero.” Critically speaking, Sean’s best clearly comes when he’s rapping with his back to the wall, boxed into a corner. And good for him for becoming one of the more profitable names in rap, but that newly found success might have a role in the bland, washed out tune he’s been whistling on his major releases.
So, “1st Quarter Freestyle.” Hopefully its a sign of things to come. Sean just annihilates a Key Wane and Travi$ Scott co-produced beat. It’s as aggressive as we’ve heard him, showcasing tight lyrical ability over the Finally Famous 3 attitude that still endears to this day.
PLEASE SEAN, MAKE MORE LIKE THIS.
It’s called ’1st Quarter,’ after all. If my calculations are correct, that leaves three more quarters to explore.