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    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:42:13

    Album of the Month: Big Sean – “Dark Sky Paradise” - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    After listening to the sprawling and undeniably epic Dark Sky Paradise, one thing is clear—Big Sean can rap with the best of them. Not only is he one of this era’s premier and preeminent rhymers, but he’s also a top notch songwriter. This solidifies his place amongst the current vanguard, and it also raises the bar for everyone to catch up to. The opener “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” flaunts that lyrical flexibility and incredible rhyming. He’s clever with the quips, but he’s just as catchy with the choruses.



    For proof, just crank “Blessings” where he, Drake, and Kanye West go bar-for-bar like true champs, equally sharing the spotlight, while encouraging the other to go even harder. Meanwhile, Yeezy breaks it down on “All Your Fault,” where Sean once again rises to the occasion with taut and tight wordplay.



    “I Don’t Fuck With You” remains an undeniable banger primed by E-40’s guest spot just before Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign turn “Play No Games” into an R&B-rap juggernaut in its own right. Sean takes the mic on “Paradise” again pondering, “Man, I feel like money is the best drug. Sometimes hate can be the best love.”



    There’s only reasons to love the Jhené Aiko-featuring “I Know” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “Deep.” However, it’s “Outro” that hits the hardest wrapping up the initial journey with another exposition of Sean’s immense talent.

    “Research” pairs him and Ariana Grande together again for a bona fide crossover smash that’s as coy and funny as it is irresistible. Dark Sky Paradise is going to be remembered as a landmark for 2015, and it’s the moment the world got witness Sean as one of the best rappers alive.

    Rick Florino
    03.25.15


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