REVIEW: BIG SEAN – Finally Famous: The Album

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Big Sean maybe new to a lot of people, but he has actually been around for a cool minute. Sean met Kanye West at a radio station in 2005 and left him his demo tape. Dropping mixtapes and remixes paid off as Kanye signed the Detroit native to his G.O.O.D Music record label in 2007. Four years later, the 23 year old dropped his debut album Finally Famous: The Album.

There are two things that can sum up the project: One, is the over packed guest appearances. Features from Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West to Wiz Khalifa to Rick Ross is a little much. And the second being, he is in the Drake/Wiz Khalifa catalogue…a rapper singing. Not that it is a bad thing. But at times, it’s easy to forget who you are listening to.

But there’s no need to worry because the album has a lot to offer. From fresh beats to clever lyrics, the album is fitting for the summer. The lead single My Last, featuring Chris Brown, could be the song the people will recognize but there are plenty of other good ones as well. Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay, featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, is one that will bang in the clubs for sure. Memories (Part II), featuring John Legend, is a cool track that has Sean reminisce about his past. While Livin This Dream has Sean talking about his flashy life with some assistance from The-Dream. Celebrity, featuring Dwele, might be the smoothest track of them all. This in part has to do with Chicago producer No I.D. as he is responsible for producing half of the album. Others include The Neptunes, The Legendary Traxters, Mike Dean, Tricky Stewart, Boi-1da, and Exile just to name a few. Needless to say, there are plenty of beats to choose from. This alone makes the album a great listen.

However, there are some negative spots on the album as well. Songs like I Do It, Dance(A$$), and High are either forced or flat out corny. But thankfully, it’s only a small list. With a boost from top beatmakers and a major league guest lineup, the album is solid. It’s rare that a new artist gets this much for his debut album. But Sean takes advantage of it and delivers. Only question now is: What will be in stores for his next album? But being in a roster like G.O.O.D Music, there’s no need to worry.

Standout Tracks: “My Last”, “Livin This Life”, “Celebrity”

Kanye West Calls Big Sean The ‘Beyonce Of Rap’

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On Tuesday night (June 7), the Hip-Hop industry gathered to get a preview of the highly anticipated Big Sean album Finally Famous. The night was filled with compliments words of advice for the rapper and of course G.O.O.D. Music.

The event was held in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, with many big names in the game in attendance including Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West.

The event started off with Sean taking the stage and speaking to everyone about the album and about his journey. He thanked everyone from his friends and family to his fans for all their support. As he was delivering his speech he became teary-eyed.

“I’m not no bitch or nothing, man; this is a real moment,” said Sean as he collected himself.

Sean began to play Finally Famous in its entirety, occasionally rapping along with the songs. From the reviews that have been coming in since Tuesday, some songs really stand out from the rest. All and all the feedback has been mostly positive.

After the album ended, G.O.O.D Music founder Kanye West, who showed up late, gave an excuse for his tardiness. “I apologize I was a little bit late, I had a throne to watch.”

West went on to talk about Sean and his amazing journey. “I believe Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever, because he literally got signed off a freestyle,” said Yeezy.

“To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyonce is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music. As far as G.O.O.D. Music go, the swag is just all the way up, this is what we do to the fullest!”

Finally Famous will be in stores on June 28 and below is the official tracklist:

Intro
“I Do It”
“My Last” (ft. Chris Brown)
“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
“Wait for Me” (ft. Lupe Fiasco)
“Marvin & Chardonnay” (ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
“Dance (A$$)”
“Get It (DT)” (ft. Pharrell)
“Memories, Part 2″ (ft. John Legend)
“High” (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang)
“Live This Life” (ft. The-Dream)
“So Much More”
“What Goes Around” [Bonus]
“Celebrity” (ft. Dwele) [Bonus]
“My House” [Bonus]
“100 Keys” (ft. Rick Ross & Pusha T) [Bonus]

Wiz Khalifa Strikes Gold; Launches 40 City Tour With Big Sean, Chevy Woods

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced the 40-city “Rolling Papers Tour,” which will kick off June 11th at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The “Rolling Papers Tour” will also feature rappers Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.

The news of the “Rolling Papers Tour” comes on the heels of Wiz’ official second single “Roll Up” receiving a gold certification by the RIAA, for moving over 500,000 units.

The rapper will be on the road until August 5th when the “Rolling Papers Tour” winds down in Pontiac, Michigan at the Phoenix Amphitheater.

The full itinerary for the “Rolling Papers Tour” is listed below.

JUNE
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11 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
12 St. Louis, MO Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
13 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
14 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
16 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Plaza
18 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
21 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleau Casino
22 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
25 Anaheim, CA The Honda Center
27 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
28 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
29 Tucson, AZ Ava Amphitheater
30 Albuquerque, NM Convention Center


JULY
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2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
5 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
6 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
7 New Orleans, LA Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
9 Mariasville, NY Camp Bisco Festival
10 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
15 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove
16 Orlando, FL Firestone Lot
17 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 Myrtle Beach , SC House of Blues
20 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheater
21 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheater
22 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
29 West Long Branch, NJ Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
31 Burlington, VT Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

AUGUST
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2 Indianapolis, IN Lawn at White River State Park
3 Rochester, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 Lewiston, NY Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 Pontiac, MI Phoenix Amphitheater

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