By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief
Ahead of rapper Big Sean’s newest album release, the 28-year-old hailing from Detroit continues to tease what’s to come.
I Decided is due out Feb. 3. Sean has released singles from the album since he dropped the successful “Bounce Back” in October of last year. It climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 9 on the Billboard U.S. Rhythmic charts.
“Bounce Back” constantly reinforces a theme of success and coming back from failures. The track is an anthem about continually doing well no matter what goes wrong, a common tone that continues through the other singles put out since it.
In “Moves” Sean again exerts a powerful and driven edge.
“Got a little time and a lot of talent,” Sean says in the song. “Do a little talking and a lot of action/seen the competition, hm, not a challenge.”
Sean slows down the pace a bit in “Halfway Off the Balcony.” He references how his job is “way more than a salary,” and notes how quickly people are passing in the song that focuses on overthinking.
Less positive than the other tracks, Sean says, “Lot of shit been goin’ on/things goin’ wrong/so don’t ask for me.”
He does touch on how well he is doing, saying, “I’m the livin’ proof that you don’t need a master’s just to be a masterpiece.”
The pace is also slower on “Sunday Morning Jetpack,” a soulful and rhythmic track about gratitude that Sean debuted on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 21.
“This feels like my Sunday morning jetpack/feel like I sent the prayers up and got blessed back,” he says, reminiscing on his past and what his family has done for him. “Mama said hit them with the inspiration/in times like these we need inspiration/turn all your problems into inspiration.”
Full of inspiration, gratitude and self-reassurance, the singles suggest Sean has crafted an album that will have an impact on listeners.
Sean’s career has been dotted with successes since his first studio album, 2011’s Finally Famous. The album landed the No. 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 2013’s Hall of Fame was also No. 3 on the Hot 200 chart; it took the top position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Dark Sky Paradise hit No. 1 on both charts after its 2015 release.
From what Sean has already released from I Decided, it’s probably safe to say the album will enjoy the same level of critical acclaim as his previous albums.