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Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise” Album Review

dark-sky-paradiseIt has been a little over a year since we’ve gotten a full length project from Big Sean, and now he is back and better than ever. However, much like on previous albums, Sean relies heavily on feature artists to help him through a pretty lengthy LP. Dark Sky Paradise has its highs and lows–all showcasing Sean’s growth as an artist–but it just isn’t everything his fans had hoped for.

Without a doubt, the song that really put Sean back into the mainstream spotlight was “I Don’t Fuck With You,” with a little help from E-40. The song, with all of it’s raunchy language, is an extremely catchy anthem to everyone’s ex. It came out last fall, along with the other 3 songs Big Sean dropped, and the only other one from that selection that made the cut for the album was the extended version of “Paradise”. Honestly, I was extremely surprised by how popular the song became, even before the album. I was also suprised by how the song really put Big Sean back on everyone’s radar. I can’t discredit the track at all because I still catch myself reciting the hook randomly throughout the day. This was just the first taste of what was to come from Big Sean in the long run.

The intro of the album, “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of lyrical content but he does have a nice flow. “Blessings” with Drake is the same song we heard released a few weeks back, and this track has grown on me as well. However, it just isn’t the Big Sean/Drake collaboration that I was expecting. It isn’t until “All Your Fault” comes on that we really get the vibe of this album. Kanye West adds both a verse and production on this one that almost sounds like something that could have been included on My Dark And Twisted Fantasy. This is the one song I keep coming back to because of the back and forth between Ye and Sean that reminds me of 80’s hip-hop. The line that resonates the most is the last one, “Man, If you want the crown bitch, you gotta take it”. Sean is definitely coming for something.

The highs and lows of the album become apparent as the album stomps on. “Play No Games” is a slowed down jam that has Sean talking about what it seems like in his current relationship. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign provide some vocals for the track, keeping it catchy enough to continually coming back to. “Paradise” is the same song we’ve heard before, until the amazing second verse comes on. Sean absolutely snaps while rapping about his come up and work ethic. He hands-down demolishes this song and I hope no other rapper ever even attempts to hop on the beat.

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The next three songs are the valley of the album for me. “Win Some, Lose Some,” “Stay Down,” and “I Know” are all slower, more introspective songs into what Sean went through these past few years. Yes, these songs are where the artist is able to put his feelings out there, and while they fit the album well, there just isn’t that one hook or one beat out of these three songs that really stands out. The last three bonus tracks could have easily been placed where these three are, and they likely would have shaped the album much better.

Getting towards the end of the album, Sean really starts to stand out even when being assisted. “Deep” has Lil’ Wayne spazzing out on the track in almost mixtape-Weezy fashion. “One Man Can Change The World” is Dark Sky Paradise’s “Nothing Is Stopping You”, with the feel-good, you-got-it-dude type song that we have heard come from Big Sean time and time again. Kanye and John Legend really fill the song out with their features. Then we hit the “Outro,” by far one of my favorite songs on the album. The DJ Dahi produced cut incorporates an amazing bounce-like soul sample, while Big Sean gets so confident about not only his ability to rap, but to charm women, that he adds his phone number at the end. It was almost a perfect ending to an album that has an artist making a statement.

Even though it may not be a perfect album, and not a project where we find Big Sean really blowing things musically out of the water, the high points outshine the lows. The bonus tracks at the end are absolutely great and I think “Deserve It” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR should have been on the album. Don’t miss out! Check out the album below, and let us know what you think in the comment section.

Written by E.L.

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Find of the day: The Hood Internet mashes up Big Sean and The Knocks for “I Don’t Fuck With Classics”

Hood-InternetI always love a good mashup. Today as I was scrolling through my soundcloud, I found this piece of art. The Hood Internet turned Big Sean’s “IDFWU” into an upbeat, dance like tune by mashing it up with The Knocks’ “Classics”. This is one of the best mashups I’ve heard in a minute so be sure to stream this one below.

Written by E.L.

Big Sean’s upcoming album is called ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ will feature PND, Travi$ Scott & Drake among others (Probably)

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The other day, Big Sean tweeted “done.” One can only assume that it means he’s finally completed his album. Which, according to an Instagram post later in the day, will be titled Dark Sky Paradise. Following the post, PND, Travi$ Scott, Drake & E-40 all posted about it on their Instagram accounts. Does this make you a little more excited about the album? Stick with us for more news regarding Dark Sky Paradise.

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Check out the latest teaser from Sean himself below. The album is set to drop February 24th.

Edits: E.L.

IamSu!- “T.W.D.Y.” Featuring E-40 & Too $hort (Official Video)

twdyIn case you missed it, IamSu!’s Sincerely Yours 1.5 came out a few months back and “T.W.D.Y.” is one of the standouts. All three artists, IamSu!, E-40 and Too $hort, get together for the black and white video. Don’t miss it and stream it below. Sincerely Yours 1.5 is on iTunes right now.

Written by E.L.

Smooth Waves Mix Vol 7: ‘End of The Semester’

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Smooth Waves Vol. 7 comes just in time for you to unwind after a stressful first semester and is perfect for winter break. This playlist is chocked full of songs that we’ve been playing the past few weeks. Volume 7 provides the perfect mixture of “turn-up” and “sit back and relax.” From Theophilus London to RL Grime we’ve got you covered.

Tracklist:

1. “The Light in The Addict”- Action Bronson ft. The Black Atlass (prod. by Party Supplies)
2. “Do Girls”- Theophilus London
3. “Fire”- Vince Staples
4. “Yesterday”- Riff Raff ft. Snoop Dogg and Collie Buddz
5. “Jus Know”- PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Travi$ Scott
6. “IDFWU”- Big Sean ft. Kanye West and E-40
7. “Pretty Flacko Part II”- A$AP Rocky
8. “Look At Wrist”- The Cool Kids Remix
9. “Drop”- Tayyib Ali ft. Lil Uzi Vert & A$AP Ant
10. “Pussy Overrated”- Mike WiLL Made-It ft. Wiz Khalifa & Future
11. “Deliver”- Lupe Fiasco
12. “Kingpin”- RL Grime ft. Big Sean
13. “Without You”- Spooky Black AtillA Remix

Written by Jesse Wiles, mixed by Erik Lindberg