Big Sean drops fourth album
BY AMANDA KOCHANOWSKI
4 out of 5 stars
“Dark Sky Paradise,” Big Sean’s latest album, was released under Getting Our Dreams Inc. on Feb. 24. This is the Detroit native’s fourth album since his start in 2011. Big Sean originally got attention from music critics by making mixtapes, the first being released in 2007.
Lead single “I Don’t F**k With You (feat. E-40)” peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The explicit song featuring E-40 and has been quite popular, especially in the metro-Detroit area and across the radio stations. It is an ideal club or party song.
E-40 is not the only guest to make an appearance on “Dark Sky Paradise.” Singles released before the album included Drake and Kanye West, while additional songs on the record featured Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, John Legend and Jhené Aiko.
“Blessings (feat. Drake)” is another track that is bound to have huge success. The song manages to be sentimental while still being upbeat. The verses are unique and interesting to listen to.
A deluxe version of the album is available on iTunes. It includes three bonus tracks, “Deserve It (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR),” “Research (feat. Ariana Grande)” and “Platinum & Wood.”
It should not be surprising for fans to see the girlfriend of Big Sean, Ariana Grande, to be featured on this album. Grande confirmed that the two were dating last October. “Research,” which features Grande, is available only on the deluxe version of the album.
In addition to his musical talents, Big Sean has a passion for helping people, especially in his hometown of Detroit. He recently started the Sean Anderson Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping the youth of Detroit. The charity focuses mostly on education, with additional concentrations in health, safety and well-being.
Big Sean has made many appearances in Detroit schools, as well as throwing charity concerts. Big Sean is also an active participant of Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” drive to raise funds for the charity as well as giving back to his community of Detroit.
It is fantastic to see another Detroit rapper succeed. While he’s no Eminem, Big Sean is definitely making a name for himself and impacting the music industry. His high quality songs are boosting him up the charts.
While some rappers rely completely on celebrity features, this is not the case for Big Sean. His natural talent is simply enhanced by these appearances. Songs on the album that are sung by him alone are just as good as any of the tracks with other featured artists.
Big Sean will be opening for fellow artist J. Cole on his “Forest Hills Drive Tour” this summer; however, he is not on the bill for the Detroit show.
To donate to the Sean Anderson Foundation, visit seanandersonfoundation.org. For more information about Big Sean’s music, visit uknowbigsean.com.