Last week, Big Sean held a Listening Session in NYC for a select few and Billboard was in attendance and gives us their preview of the album. Check out an excerpt below.
Big Sean is tranquil. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper is centered in a room full of journalists and label personnel, many of whom impatiently wait to listen to the soundtrack of the next phase of his career, and be reassured that the rapper has survived the dreaded sophomore slump.
“I’m not nervous. I’m actually excited,” he says before previewing a handful of tracks off his upcoming album, “Hall of Fame” (August 27), at NYC’s legendary’ Jungle City Studios on Tuesday (June 30). “It’s just, it feels like it took forever.”
Two years after the release of his Def Jam debut album, “Finally Famous” — which he’s said “wasn’t all the way where I wanted it to be” — Big Sean is decidedly focused on creating moments that both define him and resonate with an even greater audience.
His growth shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve followed Big Sean’s latest vlogs, in which he freestyles thoughts about various subjects at hand, whether it be family or fear, over a montage of moments that embody his stream of consciousness.
Big Sean, wanting to create a “well-rounded album,” nods to genres like R&B and EDM on “Hall of Fame,” as on a slow-building, Ellie Goulding-assisted song, “You Don’t Know,” about a girl that’s got the rapper on a high. Big Sean jokes that the song incorporates “electronic mixed wtih some Blackstreet shit.”
The majority of the album that was previewed finds Big Sean being sounding deeply sincere, in both comical or heartfelt moments. On the bouncy, Da Internz-produced “Mona Lisa” he raps about a threesome, and Big Sean says his interest in the subject is genuine. “I don’t care what people say,” he says. “Yes, I want to have a threesome.” Meanwhile, on a slinky ode to MILFs, respectfully titled as so (“M.I.L.F.”) and also produced by Da Internz, Big Sean recruits Nicki Minaj and Juicy J to recreate the fun of “Dance (A$$),” even re-using its signature handclaps.
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