The Hall Of Fame is reserved for an elite class of individuals. So when Big Sean based his sophomore set on the proclamation, the move appeared more pretentious than ambitious.
It’s not like Sean hasn’t paid his dues. He’s worked hard to get here and at every opportunity, he likes to reminds us. He sets the tone this way on his opening number, “Nothing Is Stopping You” where he spits, “I wanted to be in them night clubs and not all off in that night school/ So me and my niggas real life’d it, every week we did them cyphers.” His drive can even be traced back to his former jalopy, “Getting paid like we seventy/ Use to roll around in that Toyota rolling seven deep, damn .” (“Toyota Music “).
But the road to success is a bumpy ride and Sean’s journey is far from smooth. He misses the mark on “First Chain”, a redundant theme used by his peers J.Cole and Wale. In terms of commercial viability, “Fire” and “Beware” fail to recapture the magic of his previous singles on Finally Famous.
Ultimately, the biggest flaw on Hall Of Fame however was one of its most impactful moments didn’t even make the cut. Sean’s leaked posse cut “Control” featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica should’ve been the album’s centerpiece. Not only did Kendrick’s “Calling Out Names”-inspired bars shake up the game, but it paralyzed time.
Big Sean’s got a long way to go until he reaches hip-hop’s hallowed halls. But there’s no doubt there’s still some game left in this Detroit player.—B.Dot