Big Sean Album Review: "I Decided."
Start writing a post

Big Sean Album Review: "I Decided."

Superstar musician Big Sean has finally graduated from the rap game with his new album, "I Decided."

Big Sean Album Review:  "I Decided."

Can we please start giving rapper Big Sean some credit for once. Ever since Kanye West discovered him back in 2007, he has arguably been one of the most progressive hip hop artists of our time. His previous studio album, "Dark Sky Paradise," was met with critics saying it was good, but Sean was still taking baby steps towards becoming a serious artist.

Two years later, I think those steps have become larger. Just this past Friday, the Sean Don released basically his first concept album, "I Decided." What's interesting about this release was, Sean never said much about it. Even when the release date was approaching, he never spilt any detailed information about what the album's message is. He just stated that it was a concept project, and that it contained many aspects of his life on it.

After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is his most mature product. Like Kanye in 2007, he has finally graduated from the rap game. What's different about this compared to Paradise is, he actually has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music. The experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers like his last album.

The production created by various artists including Travis Scott is haunting. Each song brings about a different mood but it fits the message masterfully. Beginning with an intro that has listeners following future Big Sean as an old man questioning his life decisions is sad but genuine. We immediately get a sense of what his state of mind is.

The first half of the album was a perfect mix of emotions. Following the bleak intro, we get a serious promise that no one can take any accomplishment away from Sean. After that, the new anthem of the winter, "Bounce Back" inspires people to triumph over adversity. Sean said in an interview that the single was a way for people to put the underwhelming year of 2016 behind them. Despite saying that he wasn't aiming to create a radio hit, this felt like one.

One of the standout songs on the album "No Favors," features Sean not taking anything for granted. He understands that he is a young millionaire, but he's going to continue to get better and he doesn't need any haters getting in his way. Eminem is actually on most of this song, but I wasn't a huge fan of his verse. I didn't feel any connection to the message of the song. He just talked about nonsense as usual.

The narrative of Sean's older self continues as he becomes his present day self's conscience. His older self starts to make decisions for him like answering his mom's calls, or telling him how to react to the paparazzi's questions. There is one piece of the script where Sean's conscience tells him to be careful to go outside, and when he does, the media starts heckling him. This was a nice relatable representation of the relationship between journalists and rappers.

It almost fells like Sean doesn't think the media understands hip hop, which is interesting. Whatever his goal was, he still made it feel realistic. The conscience aspect of the album is a nice lead into the second half of the music. Many of these singles has Sean telling himself that he has to stick to the plan of making music without worrying about distractions. Some of these songs may set a depressing mood that nicely leads into an uplifting finale.

The final couple of songs has Sean thanking his mom, and understanding that he will triumph even though the game is bigger than him. That's what's so great about Sean. He's confident, but aware of the past and present of rap. There's no point in trying to worry about things that are bigger than him. Music is the most important job he's got.

"I Decided." was not only an acquisition of maturity for Big Sean, but it was also a reality check. The haunting production, intriguing narrative, and interesting music shows that he will never take anything for granted. Which is a thought process that is different from most rappers. Great album.

Rating: 9/10

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less
Dating Apps

We Met At A Bar

Salvage what you can; if you can't, it's alright to walk away.

We Met At A Bar
Anne Waldon

We met at a bar.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Mets And Me

They may be the worst sometimes, but this baseball team has given me more than I could ask for.

Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On September 3rd, 2001, a sea of children littered my home's navy-carpeted den to watch baseball during my dad's 40th birthday extravaganza. A baseball game flickered on the TV, and a red and blue bubble of a scoreboard sat in the bottom right corner of the screen. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a wild game at Veterans' Stadium. As I, a five-year-old boy with a jumble of curly blonde hair, sat in the back of the kid clump, I wondered which team I should root for. After a long debate with myself, I decided that I should root for the team that's winning (duh). But, as the ninth inning rolled around with the Phils maintaining a 7-5 lead, some magic occurred. The Mets put up five runs in one frame, stunning the Phillie fans in the room and winning the game 10-7.

Keep Reading... Show less

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

If you love BTS, I'm sure you relate to one or many of them in several ways. This star test will help you learn more about which member you are most connected to.

Which BTS Member You Are Based On Your Star Sign

Astrological signs tell a lot about a person. Do you ever wonder what your BTS bias star sign is? Is it the same as yours, or or are you more like one of the other amazing members? Take a look and find out what yours (and the members of Bangtan) says about you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Hittin' the Road Playlist

With the end of August approaching more quickly than many of us would like, the preparation for school is happening in more ways than just one.


The car is all packed. The money you saved (and didn't spend online) from your summer internship is secured quietly in your bank account. The immediate reunion with your long-distance college friends is set. The real question on everyone's minds is: do you have the perfect melody to jam to as you journey back to school? 

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments