Big Sean
Dark Sky Paradise


4.0
excellent

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (41 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2015 | 76 replies


Release Date: 02/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From a would-be, could-be, to a somebody

Big Sean, an individual that has always had 'potential' yet he's never really reached it or came close to scratching the surface. His previous projects aren't anything spectacular nor do they really offer anything to the Rap/Hip-Hop scene. Sure, he's had catchy singles, he's spat some clever bars and he's enjoyed some success, but he's never really been much more than the sum of those parts. When talking about the upper echelon of established modern hip-hop artists his name is rarely mentioned. In fact, he's generally forgotten about. He touted that Hall of Fame would be THAT album but it was mediocre and uninspired, whether or not Sean realised this is something we'll never know but his new project, Dark Sky Paradise certainly suggests he knew. With Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean finally steps onto the stage with a reason to hold the mic, a reason to throw around boastful claims. He's finally a somebody.

While the title suggests something fairly 'dark' that isn't the case, the album's sonic aesthetic is certainly moody but perhaps Sean's use of the word dark is merely due to the album's content. This album isn't exactly brimming with positivity, it oozes venom, Sean is a predator and he's warning his prey. Though, it's disappointing he doesn't really explore what could be considered 'dark' territory, however the moodiness is implemented well, sonically it's a bleak journey. Ranging from a soundtrack of what could be compared to an abandoned house to walking in the pouring rain to a drug binge that just won't end, it has something for everyone. Thumping, menacing synths" Check. Eerie horns" Check. Sinister 808s" Check. Brooding basslines" Check, check and check. It's an accomplished, cohesive body of work sonically, it flows smoothly from track to track, jarring track transitions are non-existent which amounts to a comfortable listening experience. Furthermore, it isn't too overbearing sound-wise, while it's certainly moody, it never goes too far (i.e. melodrama or self-pity)- whether it be injections of playfulness with rhythms or lyrical one-twos that lift whatever gutter the song is metaphorically residing in.

Not only does Dark Sky Paradise feature Sean's best sonics to date, it's also his best lyrically. He'll never be up there with the Kendricks, the Drakes, the Kanyes but he's carved his own lane, a well-rounded lyricist that has his occasional missteps. On the intro 'Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)' Sean snaps, his flow is unmatched and his words dance around the beat with precision, it's a great introduction and it's well-executed. There are certain songs that have cliche lyrical moments and it causes the album to stall in places, the worst being 'Play No Games', which features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign. They both lend their crooning vocals and the whole experience just falls flat sonically and lyrically, it's uneventful and typical potential 'single' material. Sean quickly gets back-on-track with Dark Sky's overall cohesive, well-executed nature with 'Paradise', once again he demonstrates his lyrical ability, quick-witted one liners, with his rhymes being delivered impressively propelled by a slick beat.

Dark Sky Paradise demonstrates that Big Sean is capable of being a somebody and that he isn't just 'another' rapper in the scene with an overly large gold chain, claiming fame, money and women. He shows he has substance, especially emotionally. He touches on harder moments of his life, like the death of his grandmother, the darker side of fame and so forth. While it may not be anything new, he does it well and that's more than most. Sean sounds genuine, and that's a vast change from how he usually comes across. He shows his humanity, rather than just being a hollow 'celebrity', he shows he's an artist, rather than just a two-bit, half-baked competitor.

Best songs:
Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)
Blessings
All your Fault
I Don't F*ck With You
Paradise
I Know
Deep



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DropdeadWHA
February 23rd 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is streaming on Spotify, it's also out on Itunes.

demigod!
February 23rd 2015


49295 Comments


good review, this looks pretty interesting. might give it a jam. pos'd

cover art is pretty cool too

DropdeadWHA
February 23rd 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, yeah it's a good listen. Hope you dig it

Hurricanslash
February 23rd 2015


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to this as a joke, seeing how I thought Hall of Shame was one of the worst rap-albums in recent memory, but this idiot kicked his game up so hard, I was really dumbfounded. Good review.



Also, the second verse of Paradise goes extremely hard. Just saying.

iamamanfromspace
February 23rd 2015


1030 Comments


I can't imagine how a Big Sean album could be good, the dude's just such an annoying and generally bad MC. But I'll give this a listen at some point

Hurricanslash
February 23rd 2015


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You really should, for Big Sean standards this is a masterpiece. And in regular standards, this is pretty good as well.

ParanoidAndroid96
February 23rd 2015


1391 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah I really don't like Big Sean. he embodies all of my least desired qualities in a rapper, but I might give him another shot

DropdeadWHA
February 23rd 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was never a fan of Big Sean prior to this...so...there is hope ha.

iamamanfromspace
February 23rd 2015


1030 Comments


I do think that IDFWU is a jam but I just don't like it for reasons I usually like hip hop. It's just a fun song, dunno if the whole album could be an enjoyable experience based on that, but rather based on this review I'll check this out

elephantREVOLUTION
February 24th 2015


2972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

big sean is like the best mediocre rapper in the game

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 24th 2015


1968 Comments


this seems way out of character for him

FLCL
February 24th 2015


67 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wasn't a huge fan of this album, nor any of Big Sean's other work, but I though the production was pretty good. Nice review though.

oltnabrick
February 24th 2015


36324 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

big sean is the worst rapper rn

Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

iamamanfromspace
February 24th 2015


1030 Comments


probably true

Hurricanslash
February 25th 2015


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Y'all can say what you want, this is still the best thing Sean put out, if you consider it trash or not doesn't matter.

Hurricanslash
February 25th 2015


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fact that I like it doesn't matter, you're right. I've had enough people on this site make it abundantly clear to me that the site doesn't need me, my opinions or anything else related to me. I'm just trying to stay objective.

DropdeadWHA
February 25th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He is not the worst rapper right now, you have the likes of Gucci...2Chainz..etc competing in that category. Sure, Sean has been average, I don't deny that but this album shows he can flex. I think a lot of people can't get past his previous output and just don't really give a fxck about his current body of work. A lot easier to give this a 2.0 and insult him rather than give it a few listens and a fair rating, amirite?

demigod!
February 25th 2015


49295 Comments


theneedledrop's review for this was hilarious

DropdeadWHA
February 25th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did he rip it apart? Haven't checked it out yet.

demigod!
February 25th 2015


49295 Comments


sort of. i'll let you see for yourelf



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