It’s been stated previously that growth in an artist can sometimes hinder their progression where the fans care the most. The curse is far from fresh: the more fame an artist gets, the less powerful the lyrics tend to become. That said one artist who has managed to hold his own with that claim is G.O.O.D’s own Big Sean. He is one album into the game with more than a few mixtapes out in the streets and he hasn’t forgotten what he built that captivated the ear of the fans in the first place. That’s exactly why hes releasing Detroit to remind them that he’s still working and that his growth is guaranteed.
Sean continues to show that he is versatile in not only his lyricism but his song choice with tracks like “24k of Gold” (which features J. Cole as they tackle their goals), the smooth “How it Feel” that captures the listener and the disrespectfully ambitious “Mula” featuring New York’s own French Montana, channeling the raucous sound of Young Chop’s (who created the instrumental for Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”) production and bringing it into his own comfort zone, crafting a track his fans will be sure to appreciate. It’s an appreciated quality from such a young artist who is just as quick to show out as he is to show off his city.
In between certain records we find stories from veterans in Hip Hop, sharing their opinions and tales about the place Sean was born and raised. A nice change of pace for the most part, minus the addition of Sean’s G.O.O.D ally Common, who can put the listener to sleep before his short story is even finished.
We get reminders of Sean’s past work within the project as well, as you’ll hear with “FFOE” (Finally Famous Over Everything). It’s pure promotion for his signature catchphrase. Considering this as something we’ve heard from him frequently back in the day when the hunger was recognizable, it’s refreshing to hear that same Sean is still alive and well without sacrificing the quality in sound that we may get from him now.
Given, there’s a lot of good that comes with this project, it doesn’t come without the bad. Sean and Tyga’s collaboration feels like a bad attempt to recreate the craze that “A$$” stirred up. Also, the humdrum “Experimental” just feels a bit out of place, failing to capture the listener.
That’s not all there is to Detroit, however. Due to great placement, the project feels less like a left over set of tracks and more like a quality project in itself. With the lyrical powerhouse Kendrick Lamar on “100” and the hard hitting “RWT” supported by records like the Hit-Boy produced “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and the Chris Brown assisted “Selling Dreams”, the project manages to keep above the waters of mediocrity and altogether holds its own. Big Sean successfully reminds the listeners of his talent and remains relevant with his ability to channel his lyricism into different modes of delivery. Detroit should be proud. You can download Big Sean‘s Detroit mixtape here.
Timeless Tracks: How It Feel, Mula, RWT, 100
Pros: Quality tracks throughout, all new music
Cons: A Common story? Really? No one learned from his “Guy Code” Good A** Night segment that he’s not a captivating individual at all?