Hall of Fame - Big Sean
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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from James Fauntleroy, Ellie Goulding, Juicy J, Kid Cudi, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Pharrell Williams, and Young Jeezy.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 91
    Fame finds him rising above even his strongest guest stars.
  2. Aug 28, 2013
    A charismatic, agile rapper good enough to have a long and successful career, but right now a place in rap’s Hall of Fame is still a stretch.
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    Despite the numerous false starts for a release date, Hall Of Fame has finally arrived and it’s well worth the wait.
  4. Aug 26, 2013
    As a whole, the feel-good album’s set of eclectic beats doesn’t disappoint, but it lacks diversity.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    Fifteen cuts means this one is fat with an "f" and a bit too cumbersome to convert on first listen, but the sophomore slump this is not, meaning anyone who devoured Sean's debut should re-up with this one.
  6. Aug 28, 2013
    While Sean obviously lacks his mentor's star power or ambition, he shows more heart than he typically gets credit for.
  7. Aug 26, 2013
    All together, that makes Hall of Fame beautiful more often than it’s interesting, because Big Sean’s ear is working smarter than his mouth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 1, 2013
    Big Sean's first cd was not my favorite, There were a few OK songs, but overall it was a lazy cookie cutter album, that was nothing spec
    ial. This really turned me off of listing to Bis Sean. But I figured this was his first release to get himself out there. But I digress.

    Then about a year ago he released his mix tape Detroit. This album really changed my opinion of Sean. In this mix tape he really steed up his game, and i feel really found himself musically, after that i became a big fan. Then he announced his sophomore release, Hall of fame. I was very excited.

    I was scared hall of fame would be like finally famous. But I waited patiently.
    It was finally released, but i was scared after hearing MILF, i waited to listen to it...'
    But I finally got to it, and how i regret not picking it up the second it hit stores.

    With HOF he picks right up where he left off on Detroit. The album is very well done. The beats, perfect. His flow has gotten sicker, and lyrically he has gotten so much better. I like how some songs have a purpose compared to alot of rap anymore. The whole album through and through just feels complete and flows well with no hiccups (except Freaky & MILF) This really stands out from the recent rap releases.

    Just pick this up, you will not regret it. He one of the best rappers out at in this time of rap mediocrity.
  2. Jul 23, 2014
    Hall Of Fame is a huge lyrical and subject matter leap for Big Sean from his debut album. His pure rapping ability is still second-tier at best, but if he continues to put effort into making his music more artistic Sean has a bright future in the rap game. Big Sean, in the lead-up to this album's release, said he wanted to teach and make a lasting impact on peoples' lives with this album. I can't speak for others but, personally, I think he succeeded. ~ 8.0/10

    Best tracks: "Nothing Is Stopping You", "Fire", "Beware", "MILF" (I've seen many people hate on this song because they view it as an attempt at a radio song. It's clearly a joke, and his flow and hilarious lyrics make it a great song. Also, it wasn't released as a single which indicates Sean viewed it as more of a funny story rather than an attempt at a club banger.), "Ashley" & "Guap"
  3. Jan 10, 2014
    Big Sean's album in terms of production was raw and very electronic, and does hold similarities to how Yeezus sounded. This can be observed in songs such as 10 2 10 and Mona Lisa. Hall of Fame, as described by Big Sean, does have some songs that make others feel good and motivated. It makes us want to chase our dreams and achieve big. This is evident through songs such as Nothing Is Stopping You, First Chain and Fire. With the Detroit mixtape to keep us fans listening, he dropped a remix to Mula, a fan favourite from the mixtape. Featured on the remix were rappers Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and Earlly Mac who kept the track staying brilliant. Overall, Hall of Fame was a successful album. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    I have been patiently waiting for Hall of Fame and I am glad that in a summer of mediocre rap releases, Big Sean builds upon his debut album and pretty much kills it. Lyrically he has stepped his game up and aside from a few clunkers (MILF in particular) the album is pretty consistent. My favourite tracks on it are Fire, First Chain (Nas and Cudi kill it!) and Ashley. I think this album lets Big Sean step a little out of the Kanye West/Good Music shadow and reps it all himself. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    All in all, I’m impressed with Hall of Fame. Having gone through and listened to this album in its entirety four different times, I still jam out the same way I did when I first heard the leak. What separates this album from earlier summer releases is that Hall of Fame has key memorable moments. Tracks one, two, six, seven, and 10 all deserve praise. I harped on other artists for lacking feature-selection awareness. Big Sean does not suffer from that on this album. Would I have loved to see Kanye on this album? Of course, are you kidding me?? But I’m not sure if he even would’ve fit on any of these songs. Nicki Minaj, Nas, Lil Wayne, KiD CuDi, Jhené Aiko, and James Fauntleroy all did a wonderful job. The album was missing some cohesive traits and thematic fluidity but the collective quality of a handful of songs overshadows those missteps at least somewhat. Big Sean has grown as an artist as well as a lyricist, and that’s always good to see. It would be nice to get greater consistency out of his rhymes when he speaks on Detroit’s poverty and unemployment issues. I’d prefer him to steer clear of those topics unless he’s truly going to commit himself to the cause lyrically instead of slightly mention it in a song or two. That’s where he’s from so I understand the need to talk about it, but if Big Sean wants to rap about a subject that serious, then I’d like him to fully address his feelings towards it and what he’s doing about it. Nevertheless, Hall of Fame sees Big Sean as a star that continues to rise but has not yet reached a comfortable plateau. This album will not leap him into superstardom or keep Kendrick Lamar from “murdering” him, but what it did do is show how good Big Sean is and how good Big Sean can be in the future. Expand
  6. N10
    Aug 31, 2013
    I really enjoyed this one. With the "Detroit" mixtape and "Hall of Fame" I hold them as his best and also as a new bright start for the kid. Big Sean has improved, it's heard here. Lyrically got the skill up and as an artist he's gotten better. The beat selection's are crazy, top notch production and as most rapper's lacks in he dosen't choose unneccesary guest features. Rapper's such as Nas, Kid Cudi and Nicki Minaj did bring some extra fire, and the coice of singer's did bring some fine hooks and catchy meleodies. He sounds more thrilled with his sophmore, he shows all more emotion with the writing and also playing off with his more comedic side.
    Big Sean got lines, I will be having this on replay, my interest in this dude got so much bigger thanks to this. He got some tracks I'm really loving ("Fire", "First Chain", "World Ablaze" and the wonderful one "Ashley"), songs like "MILF" and "10 2 10" actually worked for me too.

    He didn't disappoint me with this, I went in with my expectations low and he really took it with honor and proud. "Hall of Fame" is for sure a better one than many mainstream album's that released over the summer. As a lyricist and especially as a songwriter, Big Sean has gotten more hungrier and focused.

    This hasn't been giving too much plays, but we'll see were this stands in some months. A top release within the mainstram scene. Go and cop it if you like it, give it a try, could be some you like. Support hip hop!
  7. Mar 19, 2014
    He takes the cheap route. Generic, catchy beats, big name features (and a lot of them), name dropping, a lot of okay metaphors and very little dedication to flow or multisyllabic rapping.

    But still, it's bumpable. And Sean is an inspiration to people with 0 vocal skills everywhere.

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