Big Sean
Finally Famous: The Album


2.0
poor

Review

by Chris Gibbons USER (3 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2011 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, is one of the better rap labels started by famous rappers in this era, at least quality-wise. Lil Wayne’s Young Money is filled with rappers that range from mediocre (Drake and Weezy F. Baby himself) to bad (Nicki Minaj and Tyga). Roc Nation has the star power of Jay-Z, and two great rappers in J. Cole and Jay Electronica, but neither of those two artists has released their debut albums on the label yet. Maybach Music Group has Pill and Wale, but head honcho Rick Ross is a mediocre rapper at best.

But G.O.O.D. Music is different. The founder is one of the most consistent rappers currently in the game, with three of the best hip hop albums in the past ten years under his belt. He’s also had the support of Common, one of the best lyricists to ever grace the mic (as long as we forget about Universal Mind Control), and John Legend since 2004. Veterans Pusha T and Mos Def have recently signed to the label, and are currently working on their albums. Putting some newer blood into the lineup, we have Kid Cudi, who has released two good albums of psychedelic rap. But what about the future of rap? Well, G.O.O.D. Music has signed two up-and-coming rappers with the likes of Cy Hi da Prynce and Big Sean, the latter of which has just released his album “Finally Famous.”

Sean reminds me of Drake on this album. Maybe because Drake has admitted to borrowing Sean’s lyrical style. Maybe also because there are quite a few songs that have that hip hop/R&B hybrid feel. However, I think the real reason I’m reminded of Drake is because I find myself bored by Sean’s music, much like when I listen to Thank Me Later. Big Sean legitimately tries to make the album as good as possible, and he sounds like he’s having a lot of fun making the music, but he’s just too much of a generic rapper to make this album worth listening to.

Most of the songs on here are completely forgettable, and the tracks that do stand out don’t stand out for the right reasons. “Dance (A$$)” is a laughably bad attempt at a club banger. “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” features one of Kanye’s worst verses in recent memory, and is further proof that Roscoe Dash should never rap again. Most other songs are just completely generic. “My Last” is an average party song with a by-the-numbers Chris Brown chorus. “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” is a song about Big Sean having a hard time leaving his girl, a song concept that’s been done many times before with much better results. “High” is a run-of-the-mill weed rap song. It features a decent beat from Xaphoon Jones, and the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang try to save the song from mediocrity, but their verses are too short to do any help.

The one glimmer of hope on this album comes in the form of “Wait for Me”, featuring Lupe Fiasco. Lupe’s verse isn’t the best of his career (though it’s almost great compared to some of his verses on Lasers). The song also has the best beat on the album, as No I.D. (who has production credits for most of the album) has help from Exile, who has a knack for making normally decent to good songs into fantastic songs (see Fashawn’s Boy Meets World). Unfortunately one good song cannot make up for the eleven other tracks on this album, and any enjoyment you got from this song fades away quickly once “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” starts.

Big Sean isn’t a good enough rapper to carry an entire album by himself, and he proves that with this album. His lyrics are mediocre, and sometimes groan-inducing (expect to hear lines with lyrics like, “Put her hands down my pants now she’s rockin’ Sean John” throughout the album). No I.D.’s beats don’t even come close to being the best he’s ever produced, though when he doesn’t produce a song and puts it in the hands of people like Pop Wansel or Da Internz, you start to miss him. Big Sean may be an artist on G.O.O.D. Music, but this album is B.A.D.


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NickelbackFTL
June 22nd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is streaming on Big Sean's website.

ThePac
June 22nd 2011


219 Comments


Big Sean may be an artist on G.O.O.D. Music, but this album is B.A.D.

no no no

NickelbackFTL
June 22nd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pun was irresistible. had to be done

qwe3
June 22nd 2011


21362 Comments


nicki minaj, drake and wayne are all good rappers

NickelbackFTL
June 22nd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only good verse I've ever heard from Nicki Minaj was on "Monster." Weezy has some absolutely fantastic material, but you have to delve through a bunch of shit to get to it. I liked So Far Gone for Drake, but Thank Me Later only had a few songs that were really worth it. Everything else was super-boring.

qwe3
June 22nd 2011


21362 Comments


Weezy has some absolutely fantastic material, but you have to delve through a bunch of shit to get to it.


no you don't

dub sean
June 22nd 2011


980 Comments


My girl and I get down to Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay. Therefore, this album will receive at least a good rating from me.

NickelbackFTL
June 22nd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've always found that for every great song Wayne makes, he makes a terrible song. Of course, with as much music as he makes, he's bound to have some duds.

Of course, I checked your profile and you have over 2000 Wayne scrobbles, so it's no use arguing.

qwe3
June 22nd 2011


21362 Comments


i dont think making bad songs matters as long as you have a large body of great work

TheeLAMadMan
June 22nd 2011


20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You can't just forget about the shitty albums and songs an artists makes, it's part of their body of work. Sure Wayne has some great work but you can't for get about the stench Rebirth left on his discogrophy.

Oh! and nicki minaj, drake are all good rappers.

ROTFL

NAme one good song either pop star has made. I dare you.



RosaParks
June 22nd 2011


14910 Comments


lol people that think drake is a good rapper

pedroia55
June 22nd 2011


1461 Comments


This is fucking awful

qwe3
June 22nd 2011


21362 Comments


You can't just forget about the shitty albums and songs an artists makes, it's part of their body of work. Sure Wayne has some great work but you can't for get about the stench Rebirth left on his discogrophy.

Oh! and nicki minaj, drake are all good rappers.

ROTFL

NAme one good song either pop star has made. I dare you.


of course you cant forget them but you can ignore them. you're a fucking idiot. do people think common is a shit rapper cuz he released Universal Mind Control? do they think GZA sucks because he released Pro Tools? Raekwon released some shit albums too oops he must be a bad rapper



NickelbackFTL
June 23rd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Common: Two classic hip hop albums, two excellent albums, two good albums, one mediocre album, one bad album, plus work with the Soulquarians, who helped produce some of the best hip hop/neo soul albums of the late 90s/early 00's

Raekwon: One classic, one near-classic album, one great album, one good collab album, two bad albums, handful of great mixtapes, consistently great guest appearances, work with the greatest group in the history of hip hop

GZA: Arguably the best hip hop album ever, three great albums, one mediocre album, one bad album, work with the greatest group in the history of hip hop

Lil Wayne: One great album, one good album, one mediocre album, four bad albums, one album so terrible that I want to rip my ears out, shitty collab album, shitty album featuring entire shitty label he started, one decent album with original group, two bad albums with same group, handful of great mixtapes, handful of shitty mixtapes, inconsistent guest verses

qwe3
June 23rd 2011


21362 Comments


lol ok not gonna get into a dick measuring contest but lil waynes a better rapper than common ever was

qwe3
June 23rd 2011


21362 Comments


i mean tha carter III is a classic so you shoulda prob mentioned that in your lil tirade

NickelbackFTL
June 23rd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Tha Carter III is the "mediocre" album I referred to. I can't even consider an album with the eternally stupid "Mrs. Officer" even close to a classic.

qwe3
June 23rd 2011


21362 Comments


hahahahahahaahahahahaa oh i see now you dont know rap

qwe3
June 23rd 2011


21362 Comments


what makes it bad is it the impeccable flow, the brilliant lyrics or the consistent production

NickelbackFTL
June 23rd 2011


229 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh yup i don't like an album that you like and i think a song is incredibly stupid off of that album clearly this means that my opinion on the entire genre is invalidated

Tha Carter III has some absolutely sick tracks. "Mr. Carter" is actually one of my favorite rap tracks of the last decade. "Dr. Carter", "3 Peat", "Phone Home" are all really good tracks. "A Milli" has a nice beat and has an extremely sick flow. It's ridiculous. However, it also has some duds. I absolutely hated "La La", the beat was annoying, I didn't like Wayne on it, and the only redeeming quality was Busta's verse. "Mrs. Officer" is almost the exact opposite of "brilliant lyrics". I didn't like "Got Money," though that may just be because of my hatred of T-Pain. Never liked "Lollipop" either, especially after I heard it the millionth time. Don't really want to go on.



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