Big Sean's Premature Induction Into the Hall of Fame
After taking the backseat to a fiery Kendrick Lamar on his latest release, "Control," Big Sean hopes to regain the position his first album, Finally Famous, carved out for him today, when his sophomore effort, Hall of Fame, hits iTunes stores and any other places people still buy music from these days.
While the single-less "Yeezus" has managed to barely reach Gold status, the G.O.O.D. Music Prince--whose debut single, "Dance (A$$)," boasted $2 million in sales--should bring the label and Big Sean's signature "Boy!" ad lib back into the mainstream when the new album is released in its entirety. But it has been 10 months since the first of four singles hit the streets, and neither the Common-featured "Switch Up," the Young Chop-produced "Guap" nor the Tunechi-assisted "Beware" can be found in any radio station's major rotation. The fourth single, "Fire," has a video with a cameo from Miley Cyrus, and as with the other singles, it's still waiting on deck to become a hit (no twerking was involved).
That said, none of the Detroit rapper's clever verbiage is lacking in his latest productions, and he has retained the boyish delivery that set the tone on the smash "Mercy." Au contraire, the phrase "numbers don't lie" nags at the lack of hype surrounding the project with a title that kinda promises the project of a lifetime.
In most sports, it takes five years after an athlete's retirement before one is even eligible for a spot in any real-life Hall of Fame. Seeing as it was 2010 when the still-growing Big Sean appeared on his first track with Kanye, a claim to Hall of Fame status seems just a bit premature, doesn't it?
Further, the journey from Finally Famous to the legendary mark his second album title symbolizes is logically missing some steps. Perhaps starting with an album titled Almost Famous would have made more sense, followed by albums MVP and having a championship titled LP. Even if he'd have Photoshopped his head onto a Deion Sanders jersey and named the project Primetime, it still would have come earlier than a virgin seeing all the feats that Deion accomplished during his time on the gridiron--and the baseball field.