Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise

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Abigail Adams '16, ARTS & LEISURE EDITOR

Big Sean’s album Dark Sky Paradise hit shelves last week and boy did it hit hard, going straight to number one on the iTunes Top Albums list. Paradise  is already said to be Sean’s most successful and aims to be his first number one album.

Sean recruited some big-time friends to help out with the album. Drake, Kanye West, Chris Brown, John Legend, Jhene Aiko, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, and even a cheeky duet [only featured on the deluxe version] with current girlfriend and miniature pop dynamite, Ariana Grande. All guests hop on a musical trip through rap paradise. Sean seems to extract the best out of his guests by focusing on their strong suits. Jhene Aiko’s charming vocals are used on the comforting yet ignited track, “I Know,” Kanye’s powerful harsh rap style is heard on both “All Your Fault” and “One Man Can Change the World,” where we also hear simple piano highlighting none other than the smoother than soft serve voice of John Legend. “Blessings” features Drake rapping about how grateful he is giving respect to the team that makes him successful; “I could give two ***** bout’ where the Grammy’s go/ I just gave out Grammy’s on my Instagram/ Them OVO boys, the business man.”

Since his last album, Hall of Fame in 2013, Big Sean seems to have grown up. His lyrical material is stronger and holds more value; his musical creativity has expanded beyond the usual rap beat. He finally manages to rap about things that matter [listen to: “One Man Can Change the World.”] But don’t worry, Big Sean keeps his profanity laced throughout every song. But for some reason the swear words sound better when the music is of a higher quality as we hear on this album [listen to the quick rap banter between Kanye and Sean on “All Your Fault.”]

“I’m just a victim of the life though that I ain’t tryna lose/ this the dream/ I had a wake up call and missed snooze,” are lyrics rapped on “Win Some, Lose Some.” A self-explanatory more somber tune that portrays the ups and downs in life. Aiko provides some backup vocals on this track making it even more pure and emotional.

Taking a hint from friend Drake, Sean raps about starting from the ground up on title track “Dark Sky [Skyscrapers]” rapping, “And I don’t owe nobody in the world no favors/ I started from the basement, made it to the skyscrapers.” The song serves as the ideal album opener, starting quiet and slowly building to a climactic drum beat proving Sean’s skill at rapping has increased over the years.

The album as a whole is the most artistic piece of work Big Sean has put out. The rhymes are more clever, the beats are harder, and each song holds its own value. Dark Sky Paradise is heavy at times, but manages to keep the fun racy lyrics and party fever vibes every rap album should have.

 

4.5 out of 5 dolphins