Sean released his fourth studio album on February 3rd via GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings and it features appearances by Jhené Aiko (as a part of their duo TWENTY88), Migos, The Dream, Starrah, Jeremih, Flint Chozen Choir, and Eminem. The album was supported by two singles, “Bounce Back” and “Moves.”
It is inevitable that people will have something negative to say but Big Sean and Jeremih don’t let the shade bother them. People can say what they want to say but they can’t stop Sean’s shine or dim his “Light.” He is destined for greatness and there’s no stopping him.
The certified gold single “Bounce Back” was released on October 31, 2016. Sean raps about his ability to take a loss and bounce back from it. The song features additional vocals by Kanye West and Jeremih.
Sean and Eminem team up again for the track “No Favors.” Sean’s lifetime policy is to never accept favors or apologies. He was able to beat the odds on his own without help from anyone. The song contains a sample from “Summer in the City” by Quincy Jones and Valerie Simpson. The song also contains vocals from Starrah and Iman Milner. Eminem and Sean previously collaborated on the song “Detroit vs. Everybody” from the compilation album SHADY XV.
Sean doesn’t want to miss his opportunity with a special lady and he is ready to “Jump Out the Window” to get her. She deserves to be treated like a queen and her current man doesn’t deserve her and Sean is ready to shoot his shot. The song contains additional vocals from Starrah, Jeremih, and Tommy Parker.
“Moves” was released as a promotional single on December 16, 2016. Although Big Sean has received a significant amount of success since his start in the industry, he plans to continue making moves and getting better.
TWENTY88 is a duo consisting of Big Sean and his girlfriend, singer and song writer Jhené Aiko. The duo released their well-received debut album on April 1, 2016. Their chemistry is undeniable so it’s no surprise that Jhené made an appearance on this album. She joins him for the song “Same Time, Pt. 1,” a short and melodic song about their chemistry. They have learned things from each other and are always there when the other needs them.
“Owe Me” is a song dedicated to a woman from Sean’s past. He believed all the things she told him and feels like she owes him his time and money back. Although they used to talk all the time but now they barely speak or see each other. His friends keep telling him that he should be over her but he feels like she still owes him. The song is produced by Amaire Johnson, DJ Mustard, and Travis Scott and features additional vocals from Mike Carson.
"Halfway Off the Balcony" was released as a promotional single on January 20th. Sean finds himself overthinking about how there’s more to life and his job is more than a salary to him and there’s more to relationships than sex. The song closes with an outro of his mother calling his phone and him not answering, instead he vows to call her back.
“Voices In My Head/Stick to the Plan” is a two part song. At the start of the song, Sean is listening to the voices that keep telling him that he knows better and should do better. Later in the track, he is reminding himself to stick to the plan and continue working towards his goals because once he stops, everything else will stop with him.
Sean is thankful for all his downfalls in life because they are the reason he is the person he is today and is able to accomplish all that he has. On “Sunday Morning Jetpack,” he reminisces on childhood memories such as Sunday dinners at his grandmother’s house and listening to J Dilla and Cam’Ron when he was wearing pink Timbs. Sean’s grandmother passed in December 2014 and he is thankful for all the lessons she taught him throughout his life. She told him to always remember that every setback is a test of faith for things to get better.
“Inspire Me” is an ode to Sean’s mother who has inspired him to be the man that he is today. She always does the right thing and is his biggest inspiration. Growing up she was always the head of the household and she is the definition of loyal.
In an unexpected yet amazing collaboration, Big Sean is joined by Migos on the track “Sacrifices” about all the sacrifices they’ve made to get where they are now.
The album closes with the track “Bigger Than Me.” Sean thought that having material things and a lot of money would make him happy but once he got it he realized that there was more to life. The song closes with a conversation between Sean and his mother Myra Anderson. The conversation perfectly sums up the album. He feels as though he has been given a second chance at life and now is his chance to get it right. Life is all about the decisions we make and one of the worst feelings is regret. The song features the Flint Chozen Choir and Starrah.
Perhaps one of the best things about rapper Big Sean is his ability to keep pushing himself to be a better person and artist. With each album, he gets better which shows how much his artistry truly means to him. Big Sean has always been a favorite of mine but it is nice to see a more vulnerable side of him. I Decided. is a great story of second chances and rebirth and how we all control our destiny. Once we embrace the inner power inside of us, nobody can stop us.
Recommended Tracks: “Inspire Me,” “Light,” “No Favors,” “Sunday Morning Jetpack” “Bigger than Me”