Big Sean “I Decided” (Exclusive Album Review)
Heavily expected fourth studio drop by Big Sean finally drops and since its official release on February 3rd, it has been furnished with very large range of first impressions. “I Decided.” is Sean`s reflection on a “new born life”, as the Detroit rapper clarifies, and a true revelation of his mature emotions.
Wrongly judged numbers
G.O.O.D Music gem seems more than ready to embrace the “inner light” he` s been chasing on the outside for so long, yet not so many agree he did manage to accomplish what he preaches. From my perspective, I personally love this man`s work and I don`t agree with some Critic`s opinions about Big`s maturity state. I mean, the man is still young and I think he`s distributing his energy right, age accordingly.
As always, my ears haven`t touched a single wave before any writing, so is with this one, so keep up with me as I roll out this blunt and give you “out of the box”, real time first impacts from “I Decided.” chamber of frequencies.
The track list
2. “Light” Feat. Jeremih
3. “Bounce Back”
4. “No Favors” Feat. Eminem
5. “Jump Out the Window”
7. “Same Time Pt. 1″ Feat. Twenty88
8. “Owe Me”
9. “Halfway Off the Balcony”
10. “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan”
11. “Sunday Morning Jetpack” Feat. The-Dream
12. “Inspire Me”
13. “Sacrifices” Feat. Migos
14. “Bigger Than Me” Feat. Flint Chozen Choir and Starrah
As you can see, Big Sean makes sure you are prepared right, bringing some of the hottest features, production wise too while creating this 14-track piece. Some of the jams are already viral-known and golden plated, but why so much different first impressions bug really holds my grudge. I`m plugged in, and ready to crash this enigma right at this moment. Here we go.
The Big Message Beginning
Well, “I Decided.” opener really hits off strong, as we hear this older man pouring his confessions out, questioning life that he has formed for himself. He`s regretting living the same meaningless life and having the same job for 45 years now and achingly asking God for help. Great start.
Now, in amazingly constructed light hear, Big wrote some heavy read and combined Jeremih`s heavenly voice in the hook to enlighten us. “Light” talks about durability in the flame-hooped life hurdles, and Sean explains this in various interviews and what it means to him. Light is an euphemism for author`s inner peace and its great discovery. Most Impacted words are the last two bars saying:
“And realized counting money never feel as good as counting blessings
And a loaded mind is more dangerous than a loaded weapon”.
After the notorious masterpiece “Bounce Back”, produced by Amaire Johnson, Metro Boomin and Young Berg, we stay in the trippy atmosphere following by the second collaboration project with fellow Detroit star Eminem.
FrancisGotHeat and WondaGurl made some enviously hot beat for “No Favors” and Sean and Em blended together like never before. The level of inspiring energy resonates in heavy-load lyricism. I was never a fan of Eminem-type-of-rap, but this rendition right here is one of the most powerful word-play weapons a rapper can produce.
I`m cutting a thin slice from his universal brilliance to tangle your curiosity:
“With a lamp post, door handle, shutter
A damn bolt cutter, a sandal, a can opener
A candle, rubber, piano, a flannel, sucker
Some hand soap, butter, a banjo and manhole cover
Hand over the mouth and nose smother
Trample ran over the tramp with the Land Rover
The band, the Lambo, Hummer and Road Runner
Go ham donut, or go Rambo, gut her, make an example of her
That’s for Sandra Bland, ho, and Philando
Hannibal on the lamb, no wonder I am so stubborn
I’m anti, can’t no government handle a commando”.
The Smoothness Continues
KeY Wane jumps on the next track “Jump Out The Window” and creates a wonderful instrumental background where Big Sean tries to save this girl from a fake relationship, opening his feeling us to her. The hook is very catchy and easy to stick in your ear. I enjoyed it fully on the first listen and so far I`m more than satisfied with the “I decided.” package.
Gangsta-Trap roller “Moves” was video showcased at the beginning of this year and it`s the most authentic Big Sean jam. His signature rap style captivates instantly as also the amazing production skills from Fuse.
“Same Time Part 1” is first slice of Sean`s romantic duo sessions with his lover Jhene Aiko and their mutual project TWENTY88. The two express their enormously vigorous emotions, syncing in the passionate ticks of their fearsfull hearts.
In “Owe Me”, Travis Scott, Amaire Johnson and Dj Mustard sit on the production chairs while Big fights between good and bad things he went through while being with this girl. And questioning whether he should reinforce that strain again.
Way Ahead Of Time Clique
When I first heard Big Sean, I was in love with his straight, yet extremely zealous soul, that vibrated distinctively like a stray light. Maybe he was not aware of it, but I surely felt it more than I let myself acknowledge. With this next single, all that shining quadruples and comes out of the closet bending the Earth`s axis further more.
“Halfway Off The Balcony” maybe most bangs on the Sean`s inner maturity, resolving the true meaning of life`s worth. Besides the catchy hook, “I decided.” buzzes powerfully on Big Sean`s reminiscing words:
“I’m the livin’ proof
That you don’t need a master’s just to be a masterpiece
People passin’ faster than I’m passin’ weed
My daddy tell me, “Stay strong, son
And be the man you have to be
Holdin’ ship down, don’t crash at sea”.
This next double-deed slam may be the strongest real lyricism Big has put out. “Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan” concreted the stamp of human physiological boundaries and opened up a wormhole of random emotions. Big Sean again proved his theme “I Decided.” is a brilliant work of art. In this duo-story, Big confesses “Voices in my head sayin’ I could do better”, infiltrating the line throughout the whole piece.
And just when you thought the end will just fade away in normal terms, Sean kicks in the 6th gear and slays the mic with this drop for “Stick To The Plan”:
“ Voices in my head attacking what I’m thinking
Bullet to the head might be the way to free it
If I leave my body I can free the spirits
Swear to God my death of fear just keep on shrinking
Wishing I could go back to the nineties
Back when I was dreaming
Me and my dog was on a mission like we Kel and Kenan
Early 2000s Detroit might as well been the hell with demons
Wondering when I started it, the losing grip
Feeling like I’m in the middle of the ocean
You either drown or canoe through it
Voices in my head said I’m used to it
Some help me to lose and some help me maneuv’ through it
When I talk to myself I’m confused on who’s who it
I know in life you either blow it or blew it
And at the end of life it’s gonna feel like you flew through it
I just hope by then I cut the voices in my head”.
I don`t even want to psychoanalyze this deep see of Sean`s emotions. It is so well constructed and so Universally spread that needs no extra words typed in to redefine it. Magnificent work.
The Mold Shapes
Final layers describe Big Sean in full. His childhood life in “Sunday Morning Jetpack feat. The-Dream, dedication song to his mom in “Inspire me”, what it takes to be at this very spot with “Sacrifices” and perfect end jam “Bigger Than Me” feat. The Flint Chosen Choir and Starrah. “Bigger Than Me” sums up all the stories shaping the “I Decided.” fine tuning them and pitching the final, ultimate message as the last sentence confirms. “It`s All About Living In The Moment”.
I firmly, passionately agree with Big Sean`s policy, relentlessly staying by his divine creativity with my final conclusion, a firing 8.5/10. A must get art craft! Go here now!