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Break-ups are motivation. Amidst all the heartbreak and depression that comes with it, one thing I’ve learned is to never stop working. There’s never been a day where I’ve felt like I can’t write due to feeling sad. In fact, I take break-ups too seriously in my mind. Those looming questions of why she doesn’t want me or how could she do whatever she did build up the rage inside. A lot of people use that rage as a negative tool, but I seek out the positive from it. Thus, I have been able to put myself into opportunities, because I was fueled to work harder for the sake of my sanity and career.
I’d like to think Big Sean has been feeling this way too. I met and interviewed him in 2012, so I’m not gonna pretend we’re buddies or nothing. His recent output dating back to September 2014 has been a huge step up. Going on his third album, Sean acts like a newcomer with something to prove. He’s coming out swinging like Mayweather in, well, every single fight. There is much to prove. Sean is in an interesting position where he’s not Drake, Kanye, or Kendrick, but hangs around them. Not only that, he has bodied the first two on a couple occasions. Still, his albums haven’t reflected that. The internet despises Hall Of Fame despite it not being that bad of an album. However, considering Sean is not a rookie, the album is underwhelming.
April 2014 was when the media reported that Big Sean and Naya Rivera called off their engagement. Rumors trickled out on both sides. Naya moved on quickly, while Big Sean kept things quiet with Ariana Grande until late August. As mentioned before, Sean dropped a four-song set in September that spawned his now Platinum single, “IDFWU,” which was instantly pointed to as a response to the break-up with Naya. He’s denied that the entire song was, but admitted there was parts of it inspired by it. Across the four songs, there was no weak links. The Key Wane-produced “4th Quarter” was as focused as he’s ever been.
It’s 2015. We’re getting Dark Sky Paradise, his third album, on February 24. Backed by “IDFWU” and now the Drake and Kanye-assisted “Blessings,” Big Sean is two for two. Not only that, he breezed through Meek Mill’s “B Boy” in a similar fashion to their 2012 classic “Burn.” Meek himself has been on fire, so to hear Sean out-spit him is an accomplishment. “I tell a bitch get on my lap and don’t you get on my nerves,” he drops with casual ease. The same fate rested with Drake on “Blessings.” In defense, Drake only had a 16 compared to Sean’s presence on it.
Now, we’ve seen this pattern before. Big Sean gets on a run, then delivers an album that doesn’t reflect it. However, this time feels different. The two singles are good, the guest features and production are looking right, and Sean has more to talk about since HOF. It’s been noted that this album could turn out a lot more darker than previous LPs, which is perfectly fine with me. Those type of songs make for the best listens, because it’s a universal feeling that we all can relate to.
While Justin Charity will put his bid in for Meek Mill running the year, I’m going to toss Big Sean’s name into the Goblet of Fire.