2011 has been a year of major debut albums, one of the latest being Detroit MC Big Sean’s Finally Famous: The Album. After three Finally Famous mixtapes and several features with the likes of Kanye, Royce da 5′ 9″ and Wiz Khalifa, Sean sees if he can make the leap into the limelight and make it on his own two feet.
2011 has also been a year for Pop influenced albums. From Lupe’s Lasers to the aforementioned Khalifa’s Rolling Papers, Finally Famous continues this trend. Tracks like “Dance(A$$)” and “I Do It” are sure to be club bangers while songs such as “My Last” ft. Chris Brown and “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” ft. Kanye and Roscoe Dash will probably get some spins on the radio stations. Sean even manages to churn out coke and weed themed pop songs with “100 Bricks” ft. Rick Ross and Pusha T, and “High” ft. Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang respectively. The production is well done, but repetitive which could be due to the majority of the production being handled by No I.D. Even though the production could have been better there was no song that didn’t fit Big Sean.
Known for his unique flow, witty puns, and punchlines, the song “I Do It” (one of his trademark sayings) is the perfect track to for a person who has never listened to Sean to get to know his style. With lines like “i put that weed in the air then pass it now that’s alley oopin” and “my crew is who i be wit-ity-wit it, Rosay i sip-ity sip it, I’m Quagmire i fuck hoes, my cash flow i gigity gig it” being his specialty. Other than that Sean’s lyrical ability is not quite up to par with the lyrical heavy weights in the game. He’s good for some entertaining lines, but nothing groundbreaking.
The high point of this album is its unity, and the way the album flows from song to song. Each song is related to the success theme of Finally Famous. Tracks like “Celebrity” ft. Dwele and “My House” express the perks of fame and proving the naysayers wrong, while on the other hand “Memories (Part II)” ft. John Legend talks about remembering how you got the success in the first place. Another stand out track is “Wait for Me” ft. Lupe Fiasco. Sean proves he can make a quality song and not just put together a bunch of one-liners. While he could have been a bit more diverse in the content, as I said before there was no song that didn’t fit the album.
Finally Famous is a solid debut album from a young artist with potential. Big Sean put together a few good songs to make a decent album, but it won’t be in any album of the year discussions. He made a good effort but the albums replay value isn’t very high. I do think Sean can get better, but I could also see him falling victim to the very fame he’s rapping about.