It has been a long road to stardom for Detroit rapper Big Sean. After chronicling the journey through his Finally Famous mixtape series, Big Sean now readies himself to release his debut album, but not without entering a final captain’s log for longtime fans to read and enjoy.
The third and final installment, entitled Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG, puts the G.O.O.D. Music artist’s stylish shoe in the revolving door of hip-hop and grabs the attention of every passerby who previously ignored him. Simply from the intro of “Final Hour,” you know Big Sean is relishing the fame he achieved, as evidenced by the line “Working graveyard shift cuz we finna make, a killing / Went from intern to the owner of the building.” Such slick wordplay combined with the theatric beat creates a track very fitting for any red carpet entrance.
However, do not think that popularity has changed Big Sean. He is still the same kid from the D-town streets, and if the Adele-sampled “Home Town” proves anything, it is that he carries the pride of Detroit in his heart and puts it all on the line for the city. If cadence is more your thing, then Big Sean’s flow throughout the album will undeniably be a major selling point. He varies from molasses slow in the bass-heavy “Fat Raps (Remix),” to quick and unrelenting in “Supa Dupa Lemonade,” all the while embodying the calm attitude and braggadocio on which hip-hop is built.
Despite the occasional annoyance from infamous hype man and producer Don Cannon, nothing can take away from the experience Big Sean lays out for your ears. With a long journey soon ending, I will continue to ride shotgun and admire all the sights and people Big Sean encounters on his road to fame — even if this is only a teaser of what his album has to offer.