PnB Rock’s “GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions” Album Review

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Tracklist

  1. Attentionft. Wiz Khalifa
  2.  There She Go ft. YFN Lucci
  3. Playa No More ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Quavo
  4.  Selfish
  5. Plans
  6. Range Rover
  7. Notice Me
  8. Hanging Up My Jersey ft. Ty Dolla $ign
  9.  Smile
  10. Misunderstood
  11. Heart Racin’
  12.  Questions
  13. New Day
  14. Stand Back ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Favorite Tracks: Attention, Playa No MoreNotice MeHanging Up My JerseySmileNew Day, and Stand Back

So I’m here to review Philly’s very own PnB Rock’s “GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions” project. PnB is an artist who I am somewhat familiar with and decided to give this project a listen after a friend of mine (S/o Jammy) recommended it to me. Also, PnB has been generating some nice buzz for himself as well. But Philly rap is going through quite the change. Scratch that. Philadelphia rap is undergoing a generational shift! Despite the consistent L’s Meek Mill has caught in the past year and some change, remains the city’s biggest star. He raps with the same emotional intensity of hometown legend Beanie Sigel, but with a honed ability to land crossover hits. But Philly’s two up and coming stars are completely opposite of Meek. We have the “Bratty Rockstar” in Lil Uzi Vert who literally cannot write a bad hook even if he tried. Then there is PnB with his whole “I’m a rapper but I can sing too persona.” Meek Mill rapped on Philly street corners and committed years to the mixtape grind, where this new wave was scooped up early by major labels, landing on success that took years for Meek to achieve. PnB Rock is signed to Atlantic Records. Last year he and Fetty Wap released a joint mixtape, Money, Hoes, and Flows that highlighted Fetty Wap’s charming vocal quirks set against PnB Rock’s more conventional singing voice. GTTM, his major label debut carefully balances his easily influenced take on R&B and street rap.

GTTM is pretty dope as a debut album but it’s not a COMPLETE album, but that’s okay. GTTM opens up with “Attention” featuring Wiz Khalifa. On this track we get the “Cabin Fever” Wiz. I loved this track a lot, thought it was a good way to start an album of and the production was sweet on here. The following tracks, “There She Go,” “Playa No More,” and “Selfish” all could pass as intro tracks too and probably served best as an intro track to an album BUT these were songs were potential hit songs that offer clear introductions to PnB Rock’s worldview. I really enjoyed “Playa No More” which featured A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Quavo. I highly recommend this song for your pre-game or turn up playlists.  “There She Go and “Selfish” were okay to me but I know they could be loved easily by others. (I don’t like YFN Lucci…. IDK WHY)  “Range Rover” was PnB’s “trap” song and it was pretty dope.  “Rollie all on my wrist/Bitch I ball no assist/Smoking weed by the zip/Whole squad yeah we lit” After PnB gives us the trap side of him he switches to the other side of the spectrum with “Notice Me.” On here PnB asks for a second of a woman’s time, whose attention is buried in social media. (TO MY MALE READERS I KNOW YOU CAN RELATE…THIS IS OUR SONG)

“In your hand all day, on the ’gram all day/You been tweeting, snapchatting/And I feel like I just got to ask you/Do you notice me?”

Anyways, after “Notice Me” we stumble across my two favorite tracks on here “Hanging Up My Jersey” featuring Ty$ and “Smile.” I didn’t want to say this but, WHY DOES PNB ROCK SOUND JUST LIKE TY$ AT TIMES? On my first listens on these two tracks I couldn’t tell who was who on “Hanging Up My Jersey” and I was convinced “Smile” was a Ty$ track. Other than that, though these songs are good examples of PnB as a singer/rapper.

“Misunderstood,” “Heart Racin’,”and  “Questions” were decent tracks. As we end with the last couple tracks, here is where I realized the listing of these tracks dog the album a bit. With “New Day” produced by frequent Lil Uzi Vert collaborator Maaly Raw, is buried as the second to last track but it COULD HAVE added a bit of energy to the album’s SO-SO middle section. The album closes with “Stand Back,” a super aggressive track that bumps so hard! Here again we have another A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie feature and he bodies his verse. These two share a natural chemistry which is dope for to upcomers. A few more cuts like the last two would have been nice.

Conclusion:

So as I come to close with this review of PnB Rock’s “GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions” album, PnB Rock shows more than enough heart and individual talent to be great. This album was okay for a first project, but there is room for some growth. But disregarding some of the missteps, lack of fluidity on the album, there’s still a good new artist here, someone capable of more. I will definitely keeping up with PnB Rock and see where he goes from here.

 

7.3/10

(Sorry Jam lol)

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GoldLink “At What Cost” Album Review

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Tracklist

1. Opening Credit
2. Same Clothes As Yesterday ft. Ciscero
3. Have You Seen That Girl?
4. Hands On Your Knees ft. Kokayi
5. Meditation ft. Jazmine Sullivan and KAYTRANADA
6. Herside Story ft. Hare Squead 
7. Summatime ft. Wale and Radiant Children
8. Roll Call ft. Mya
9. The Parable of the Rich Man ft. April George
10. Crew ft. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy
11. We Will Never Die ft. Lil Dude
12. Kokamoe Freestyle
13. Some Girl ft. Steve Lacy
14. Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)

BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! Here I am reviewing GoldLink’s “At What Cost” album. You guys know I usually tweet out if I think a project is dope or not and save the details for the review. I did not do so this time around. I took to Twitter and simple said, “I have a few things to say about this GoldLink project” and left it at that. It’s been about a month now so it’s time to speak up. I will not sugar coat shit here and I will not say what you guys want me to say. I’ll be honest I’ve always thought GoldLink was dope and he had potential, but now I STRONGLY BELIEVE he could be something serious and is here to stay and shake up the game forever.

GoldLink delivered a musical gem with “At What Cost.” GoldLink gives us an album that celebrates his city with excellence. Upon the album’s release, GoldLink told VIBE that “My biggest influence is my city.” This is easily seen throughout this project! GoldLink first started making his name in 2014 with the mixtape The God Complex. He immediately made an impact on audiences with his self-termed style, “future bounce”. 2015’s “And After That, We Didn’t Talk,” followed in the same sonic groove. “At What Cost” flips the script on his first two releases, moving away from “future bounce” and more towards the regional sounds of D.C.T he two singles “Crew” and “Meditation” got us primed for the hip-hop and dancing energy that the album exudes across fourteen tracks. The features on here were beyond impressive. The lineup included Jazmine Sullivan, Kaytranada, Steve Lacy, Radiant Children, Koyaki, Mya, Hare Squead, April George, Ciscero, Shy Glizzy, Brent Faiyaz, Lil Dude, and Wale. It was pretty dope that some of these featured artists hailed from the DMV. None of the features on this album felt superfluous or unnecessary which is rare these days.

At What Cost opens up with “Opening Credit” is an array and clash of sounds. It’s dark and scrambled because you can’t make out what’s going down and what nor the direction will be.  There is a scrambled message though towards the end. “I’ll will never rest in peace, Not even when I’m dead. My soul will be fighting. You don’t stop ’til all of us dead. ‘Til the old District of Columbia go up in gunsmoke.” Interesting right?

“Same Clothes As Yesterday” was definitely one of my favorite tracks on here! It features Ciscero who right out the gate speeds and splurges all over the track. This was a perfect match with the beat’s vibrancy and upbeat tempo. GoldLink follows up and as we expect smashes his verse. The song keeps the repetitive hook going to close out the song and that’s what grabs you, a catchy aspect to infect your brain and stay with you.

“Same Clothes As Yesterday” is followed up by the early contender for the song to top your summer playlists, “Have You Seen That Girl?” On here GoldLink does GoldLink and flexes his ability of storytelling. He talks to us through seeing his potential dream girl. This was a real dope track content wise of course but production on here stood out to me. A steady and maintained electronic beat that keeps the drums slamming throughout, never letting up. Gotta love it.

With “Hands On Your Knees” following up, for a second GoldLink takes us back to the spinning times of Disco and Soul Train with Kokayi acting as a DJ to encourage everyone to let loose and “do that shit!” This track served as an interlude and it was great segway into “Meditation.” This Kaytranada production was too smooth and it accompanied with cool and rhythmic lyrics from both GoldLink and Jazmine Sullivan…. BANGER ALERT. GoldLink never lets up as he raps about romancing, loving the apple of his eye, and just enjoying life. Jazmine Sullivan comes in as a silk smooth voice providing the chorus and bridge. Kaytranada does an excellent job with changing the beat on a dime and retaining the original feel and sounds helping the song progress back and forth between GoldLink and Jazmine.

The next track up is “Herside Story.” Here GoldLink teams up with Hare Squead (Jessy Rose) and for track with that has that “rough around the edges” feel and it sounds fantastic. GoldLink is rapping in short burst here and his rapping compliments the beat real well. Also Hare Squead did his thing on here too!

At this point, we have officially hit the halfway mark on the album and the album slowly takes more of a personal and intimate sound on “Summatime” with talks of love lost and women relations populate the track. GoldLink and Wale come across as two poets speaking on past relationships and old tales, showing off their eye for details in a short and sweet track as Radiant Children do the heavy lifting with the chorus. Wale and GoldLink = GOLD.

We got a real electronic bounce and jolt of energy with “Roll Call” featuring Mya…..YES MYA. Y’ALL DONT UNDERSTAND HOW SYCED I WAS WHEN I SAW HER AS A FEATURE ON THIS ALBUM. I WANT HER SO MOTHA…. never mind. Mya shows D.C major love as she owns the hook and GoldLink as well in his rapping, He lightly talks about the day to day DMV life and showing what’s happening whether it’s partying, bravado, or just speaking on the hood in general. The production here was masterful with the instruments behind them, allowing them to be comfortable on the track and accentuate their fields.

“The Parable of the Rich Man” is the most polarizing track on the entire album. Sonically it’s the most distinctive as both GoldLink and April George borderline sound like they’re coming through TV static or something. This was not really one of my faves but it was a solid track.

Now we arrive with “Crew,” the smash single off the album that provided you with that feel good vibe and caused you to nod your head as GoldLink, Shy Glizzy, and Brent Faiyaz work in unison to create one of the the album’s many highlights. The blend of fast paced raps, Shy Glizzy attacking the track, and Brent assisting with a matter of fact voice for the hook plus the minimal sounds backing them up provides an insanely catchy track that’ll stick with you long after the song is over.

“We Will Never Die” displayed  a angry and ready to flex on anyone Goldlink and I loved it! This track featured Lil Dude, someone I wasn’t too familiar with but I vibed with his verse. This track was definitely the most rap heavy and monotone. The production is very simplistic which is a good thing that allows the two MC’s speak their peace about gangs, youth, and letting violence happen if need be.

Okay now we talk about the “Kokamoe Freestyle.” GoldLink goes in on this very tough tribal futuristic sounding beat. He does not hold back on here what so ever! It’s hard hitting, funky, and maintains the bounce you’ve heard for most of the songs on the album. Basically, production on this track was “dumb lit.” Once again GoldLink tells us a story and this time is about where he’s been and where he’s at now, violence in the streets, relations to gangs, and the relationship to the police. I love how this track ends with the closing vocals. Remember… “Trigger has no heart.”

On the second to last track, “Some Girl,” The drums alone should grab your attention. Production on here was heavy hitting. GoldLink brought on Steve Lacy on this track singing on the hook about searching for love (BY THE WAY Get Hip to Steve Lacy). I liked these two pairing up on here a lot. We have two like-minded artists to create a unique sounding love song.

As we reach the closing track “Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)” leaves GoldLink at a vulnerable place through the music. He hits us with bars discussing drinking, sexual lusts, and his position as a role model in the DMV and at large and what that means because that alone comes with some serious baggage. The choir helping him in the background tugs at the religious feelings and sentiments he shares on the track before the outro of a prayer takes us out.

Conclusion:

Favorite Tracks: I usually list my favorite tracks in the beginning but I would basically be listing every track. I loved this project that much. I probably could do without “The Parable of the Rich Man” , “Herside Story” and yeah that’s it!

“At What Cost” IS the most complete project of the year so far. It may even be GoldLink’s best work. My cousin KB and my boy Drew are some of the biggest GoldLink fans and they were the ones who got me hip to him. I thought he was dope then but after hearing this project I think it’s safe to say I’m a GoldLink SUPER FAN. With this project GoldLink has created an album that is a blend of summertime popish feels, with that real rap story telling enjoyment with sprinkles of GoldLink’s personal in depth look on what love, relationships, and life comes packaged with. Production on this project was “A1.” I was beyond impressed. This is a WIN FOR GOLDLINK and a WIN FOR GOLDLINK IS ALSO A WIN FOR THE DMV. I highly recommend you guys check out this project if you haven’t yet. You’re Welcome.

Also, I learned GoldLink and I go to the same barber as I was proofreading this whiles getting a cut!!!

Rating: 10/10

Nav “NAV” Album Review

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Tracklist:

1. Myself
2. Nav
3. My Mind
4. Good For It
5. Lonely
6. Up
7. Interlude
8. Sleep
9. Mariah
10. Some Way feat. The Weeknd
11. TTD

Favorite Songs: Myself, Nav, My Mind, Good For It, Some Way and TTD

So I have been raving about Nav after discovering him through a friend’s Snapchat story last year. Since then, i have told everyone that he’s next up every chance I get. Who is Nav you ask? Nav is a rapper/producer hailing from Toronto. He’s also known as the protégé of The Weekend. Like his mentor, he has never done a major interview or shown his face extensively anywhere. It can be said that Nav is following the footsteps of Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR and The Weeknd to stardom with the whole “dark, nocturnal sound” (OVO Sound. OVO’s logo is an Owl. Owls are nocturnal? Get it? Okay nevermind…) that is one with Toronto. In the past year though Nav has maintained his relatively mysterious profile while cranking out Soundcloud songs with some million-plus plays. Kylie Jenner Snapchatted herself lip-syncing along to his track “Myself,” The Weeknd signed him to XO, and he guested on Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, on “Biebs in the Trap,” which built him some serious buzz. Most of the music that he has put out can be characterized by their atmospheric synths, loosely-sung melodies, vapid lyrics, and the never-ending drug references.

Nav’s  self-titled debut project begins with “Myself.” Here is a song where Nav claims to dislike himself when he is sober. This track shines a light on the issue of substance abuse, as Nav details the toll his addictions have taken on him. This is a common theme throughout this project. It eventually does get old but don’t a lot of our favorite artist talk about the same “shit” over and over again? But what makes Nav different than other artist who talk about substance abuse issues. He seems to have this  regretful attitude towards his vices that make for more compelling art than majority of other rappers.

As we move along, the project remains pretty up-tempo and we stumble across some serious bangers. On NAV, My Mind and Good For It is filled with synth-driven, bass-drenched instrumentals with trap beats to frame Nav’s bossed up personality. The guy really be feeling himself and you see it here. We all love are artist to be kind of cocky and believe in them themselves but I think here we must know Nav is more Confident than Cocky and he’s ready to show us his true potential. He’s good for it. The pace slows down at “Lonely,” which is somewhat of a syrupy love track that could be linked to any other RnB singer from Toronto honestly. This trend continues for a few tracks, with the exception of “Up,” a track co-produced by Metro Boomin. Nav and Metro Boomin actually have a joint project coming out later this year that shouldn’t be short of spectacular. Then there is another slow love sing with “Interlude.” I skip this track every time. SHIT IS SO SAD TO ME. NAV speaks about how a girl makes him feel happiness, but he is still isolated from her emotionally because of his how he acts and lives his life. “Sleep” and “Mariah” both are dark sounding bangers. Mariah though is another love track where NAV is talking to a girl who is only with him because of his status. At this point though I had enough of these dam love songs.  The project’s original vibes return on “Some Way,” the album’s big single. This track features Abel himself (Abel is the Weeknd for those not hip). This track without a doubt gained NAV new fans. The Weeknd threw a shot at Justin Bieber on this track which I thought was absolutely hilarious. Apparently his tongue game is a Remedy? Sus. Anyways. The media attention The Weeknd’s shots brought gave Nav exposure, which was an awesome publicity stunt to showcase NAV to a wider audience. The album then closes with TTD.  It is so characteristic of the city’s famous aesthetic and its a perfect ending to a grand showcase of NAV, a character who is triumphant, dejected and aloof all at once.

Conclusion:

Nav is an extremely gifted producer. His ability to craft these super deep, lush synth sounds is elite. Expect to see him get production credits on some major label releases later  this year and in the near future. (Did some production on Kodak’s album that released last month) I liked this project but I was hoping for a little more of the uptempo tracks. The love songs were too much for me and I hope their is no more lovesick NAV. This was his first project and he did well but could have definitely been better.   I know Nav will bring the heat though on his upcoming project with Metro Boomin that will be released later this year. Keep a look out for Nav because he is really the “first Brown Boy to get it poppin”.

 

Rating 7.75/10

 

Big Sean’s “I Decided” Album Review

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TRACKLIST

1. Intro
2. Light ft. Jeremih
3. Bounce Back
4. No Favors ft. Eminem
5. Jump Out the Window
6. Moves
7. Same Time Pt. 1 ft. Twenty88
8. Owe Me
9. Halfway Off the Balcony
10. Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan
11. Sunday Morning Jetpack ft. The-Dream
12. Inspire Me
13. Sacrifices ft. Migos
14. Bigger Than Me ft. Flint Chozen Choir & Starrah

FAVORITE TRACKS: Light, Bounce Back, No Favors, Moves, Same Time Pt. 1, Owe Me, Halfway of The Balcony, Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan and Sacrifices.

Finally, I get to talk about one of my favorite artist. Some say he’s corny (idiots). To me, Big Sean is the furthest thing from corny so please stop with this blasphemy of a statement. Sean has shown he has what it takes to be one of the game’s elite. (He’s Elite, No Debate) The 28-year-old musician had to put an insane amount of work in early in his career, which led to him getting signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music. His hard work did not stop here. Big Sean’s first official studio album, 2011’s “Finally Famous,” which featured the likes of Chris Brown and others, reached a peak position at #2 on US Rap and Hip Hop charts. Next, 2013’s Hall of Fame offered up even more artist collaborations with a peak position at # 3 on the charts. Once his position was stable with collaborations on his albums with Drake, Tyga, and Asher Roth, among others, Big Sean began dipping his toes into producing. Self-producing his third album, 2015’s “Dark Sky Paradise,” is now certified platinum, proving Big Sean is here to stay. “Dark Sky Paradise” was a massive and hard-earned leap forward for Big Sean. When pressed, you could make arguments of Big Sean being the best in the game or at least you can put him in the same conversation as King Kendrick and Jermaine. The album was also unapologetically mean. Of course, its breakout hit was “I Don’t Fuck With You,” but the same bitterness was applied across the LP to foes and exes alike.  Now Sean has blessed us with a long overdue, highly anticipated project, “I Decided.” This project features production from many collaborators from Kanye West, Amarie Johnson, Metro Boomin, DJ Mustard, DJ Khalil, Detail, Travis Scott and more. The conceptions that challenge Sean as an artist, “I Decided” seeks to push past the boundaries of a “one size fits all” style genre in today’s game.

Big Sean is so underrated. I think people choose to look over him way too often. He can go bar for bar with any rapper, yes I said it. Sean Don can go bar for bar with all of your favorite artist and the best of them. It’s known that he does have lyrical ability but also musically, he has the ability to make absolute quality meaningful music. As we look at all of Sean’s projects, they’ve each have gotten more emotional.  This new album might be his most emotional to date.

The album starts with an oh so relaxing positive vibe on “Light,” which features Jeremiah, showcases Sean’s raw lyrics that give strength and hope in a world filled with struggle. This is a very good way to start off an album if you ask me. It sets the tone of what to expect, at least I thought. The next track is the dark and lead single “Bounce Back,” which as of January 24th reached Gold status selling 500K units sold since being released. Sean was smart with having this as his lead single because this track was so “Big Sean.” My only issue was with this as a lead single, was that it was kind of misleading of the emotion that I Decided brought. Like “Bounce Back” sounded like it belonged on Dark Sky Paradise but I suppose it works out on this project just fine. Other than that, “Bounce Back” has some serious high energy. You can tell the song was made for commercial success, meaning that it can be enjoyed in many different ways. Perfect for the gym, your weekend “rager” or just to bump in the whip. I personally enjoy its energy, but someone might enjoy his message of being resilient and some might enjoy the track for the beat.

Continuing on, we arrive at “No Favors,” where Big Sean hits us with some serious heat followed by a SLIM SHADY APPEARANCE…. (YES I WAS THIS EXCITED WHEN LISTENING TO THIS TRACK AND HEARING THE RAP GOD POP UP). Eminem leaves his mark on “No Favors” quite nicely. His verse was beyond vulgar, repulsive, and whatever words you believe are necessary to describe his verse, but it was dope! With “No Favors,” we have a track reaching for updated sounds meshed with the vintage rap sound; the track is a really solid work of art. This was probably my favorite song off the album. When Sean first came out, these were the type of tracks that he made till Drake sort of stole his style (whoops). (S/o Reuben for the Reminder) I love these kind of songs man, songs in which Sean completely loses himself in the seriousness of the beat. On the verses, Big Sean is really rapping showing off his ability to be this witty/clever rapper with nothing but heinous bars. This is my favorite Big Sean; I believe he’s at his best when he is rapping like this. I would prefer someone else on this track, but at the same time I could never complain that I got to hear an Eminem verse.

“Jump Out The Window” had somewhat of an angry and frustrated tone. It was an okay cut, not one of my personal favorites but I don’t mind it.  It has a slower pace which relies on vocals to emphasis the stress that is felt within the song. This frustrated track is followed by a little bit more of the vintage styling of Sean with “Moves.”

“Moves” was the album’s second single and it received great feedback from listeners. From “Moves” we lead into “Same Time Pt. 1.” It says that the track is featuring Twenty88 but if you actually are hip to Sean and his bae, Jhene Aiko, they together are Twenty88. Their chemistry is undeniably amazing. This snippet of a track was such a tease and has me excited for the next Twenty88 project.

The Twenty88 teaser track the subject matter is switched over to the lover turn rival resentment story with “Owe Me.” This song reminds me of a Drake track so much. Possibly its due to Sean’s melody on here in which he killed. (Maybe he did Drake, better than Drake? Kidding chill out Patients of Marvin’s Room) I loved this track though.

Sean keeps things interesting with “Halfway off the Balcony” where he kind of raps about the stress of a successful career. It’s a gloomy track that’s kind of depressing but of course Sean makes it sound GOOD. While it might be the most blah song (the dullest) on the album, you cannot deny that it is one of the most challenging tracks to put together.

On the album’s tenth track, “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan,” Sean raps,

“Voices in my head sayin’ I could do better Voices in my head sayin’ that I knew better I done seen this shit happen a hundred times on the regular But I still crossed the line like I’m blind (damn) Voices in my head saying I could do better You always do the same shit”

In a later verse Sean raps about having suicidal thoughts:

“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”

I Decided” is about what Sean would do if he could re-live his life with the greater wisdom he now feels he has about the consequences of his decisions. With this track, the lyrics take on a new meaning. Rather than just being a reflection of his current state of mind, they represent what Sean would be thinking if he’d let his life take a different path than the path he has chose. I loved this track because it’s concept and it is super relatable. We all have or had those nights where we are up late contemplating some of these similar thoughts, I know I do.

“Sunday Morning Jetpack” is a track that is well suited for reflection and giving thanks. It’s a great way to follow up to “Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan.” The hook on “Sunday Morning Jetpack” goes:

“Thanking God for all my set backs ‘Cause he the reason I’m able to get back This feels like my Sunday morning jetpack Feel like I sent the prayers up and got blessed back, whoa Feel like I sent the prayers up and got blessed back This feels like my Sunday morning jetpack, yeah”

Sean went from suicidal thoughts and contemplating the decisions he has made to giving thanks to God and his prayers being answered and in return God continues to bless his life. Having The Dream on this track singing the bridge reminded me of Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam” from TLOP. Kanye did have a hand in production and Big Sean did state on the Breakfast Club the Kanye did give him a few key suggestions on several songs.

Next on the album we slide with ease into “Inspire Me.” This was a very laid-back cut dedicated to Sean’s mom. Cool track and dedication to Mom but “One Man Can Change The World” was way better, just saying.

Shifting gears, we have the horror film-esque sound with the utilization of various sound effects; Sean presents us with “Sacrifice” featuring Migos. Big Sean Quavo and Offset show off their pure vocal talents to create a tune of trials one often experiences through the climb from the down. There is so much about this track that makes it hip hop gold! For instance the song is beyond catchy, like extremely catchy. Big Sean provides us with a dope verse and chorus that is easy to rap along to. Sean’s verse is not the best lyrically, but it definitely does its job in appealing to the listeners. The contrast of styles though is what really highlights this song. You have Sean’s aggressive lyrics, Offset’s flow, and Quavo’s charm and Quavo just being Quavo is what really makes this song so golden but let’s not forget the real MVP, Metro Boomin. This man literally makes beats to only hits. He makes trap beats sound like classical Mozart pieces and I LOVE IT! I was really feeling this track as you can see. This track definitely is tied with “No Favors” and “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan” as my favorite song off the album. Also, on a side note, why does Takeoff never get asked to hope on these features when someone asks for Migos? Like how do these conversations go when you ask for Quavo and Offset but not Takeoff.

Finally “I Decided” comes to an end with the vibes felt on “Light” with “Bigger Than Me,” featuring The Flint Chozen Choir and Starrah. This was a great way to close out the album with some uplifting vibes. I think its kind of cool how this is like one of those songs feature during ESPN’s First Take and during some the NCAA and NBA games featured on ESPN also.

Conclusion:

Big Sean’s I Decided had a lot going on, with majority and almost all of it being good. So let’s face it, the album has conflicting styles. Some tracks are high energy, while others are suicidal sounding, super chilled vibes and it’s an emotional roller coaster that I actually appreciate. Throughout, Sean goes from relying on others words, to thinking he knows answers, to borderline giving up on life. The album is truly a therapy session in the form of music. Another key is Sean knows himself. What I mean when I say this is more than anyone in the game, Sean knows his sound when it comes to picking beats. This is why I’m not surprised with what I hear production-wise. However, my one issue was with the features. We got features from Migos and Em. But where the hell was the rest of G.O.O.D Music? This was an issue I had with Kanye’s TLOP also. But fine, even if I let my thoughts on features slide, I feel since this is a super personal album there shouldn’t be any features anyway. Any who! “I Decided” is a very meaningful album to listen to, which is something that I cannot say for other projects I’ve heard in the last couple of months. It’s a well-rounded album full of deep emotion. With “I Decided” fans will find messages of hope and resilience throughout with a couple speaker knockers for the whip.

I PURPOSELY DID NOT MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THE KENDERICK AND SEAN BEEF BECAUSE IT HURTS MY HEART..

 

Rating: 9.0/10