CD Review

Big Sean “Finally Famous’’

By Ken Capobianco
June 28, 2011

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The Detroit MC says, “I waited my whole life to be the man,’’ and on his fine debut he revels in his breakthrough. This is about settling scores and celebrating the power that comes with the transformation of Sean Anderson into Big Sean. On the clever “My House,’’ he flips the bird to his doubters, rapping, “I got your sister doing things on camera I can’t replay/ but she’s a waste of time/ I should have had a V-8.’’ He gets help from Kanye West (“Marvin & Chardonnay), Chris Brown, and Lupe Fiasco. Sean stands tall on his own, though. On “Memories (Part II)’’ he wistfully recounts his youth and “rhyming for Kan’/ almost as nervous as the first time I rhymed for my mom.’’ Underneath the bravado is some heart. Unfortunately there are throwaways, as the overexposed Wiz Khalifa helps out on “High.’’ “Dance (A$$)’’ is a stale stripper anthem out of synch with what surrounds it. The production is heavy on vocal hooks, synths, and chattering beats, but the focus is Sean’s wit and insistent flow. (Out today)

ESSENTIAL “Marvin & Chardonnay’’

Big Sean performs at Bank of America Pavilion July 30.