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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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Beware
When you said it was over You shot right through my heart Why you let these hoes tear what we had right apart Oooh, I was so mad I should've seen... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    70
    As a whole, the feel-good album’s set of eclectic beats doesn’t disappoint, but it lacks diversity.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 4, 2017
    10
    this will be his most personal album with depths of friendship relation and etc plus a undderated classic indeed deserving consideringthis will be his most personal album with depths of friendship relation and etc plus a undderated classic indeed deserving considering commercial faluire and its lack of depth however too many features less of tht and a gd contex would make this better at a 80 or higher Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2013
    9
    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 specBig 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.
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  3. Aug 27, 2013
    8
    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 albumI 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
  4. Jan 10, 2014
    8
    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 inBig 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
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    8
    Big Sean's improvement from the disappointment that was Finally Famous is certainly noticeable here. There's definitely still some clubishBig Sean's improvement from the disappointment that was Finally Famous is certainly noticeable here. There's definitely still some clubish songs here, but a lot less than before. Overall, his bars have improved since 2011 and there is some more substance ("some"). I am surprised to have actually wound up enjoying this album. I'll definitely be bumping some of these tracks for a bit. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2014
    8
    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 atHall 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"
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  7. Mar 19, 2014
    5
    He takes the cheap route. Generic, catchy beats, big name features (and a lot of them), name dropping, a lot of okay metaphors and veryHe 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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