Dark Sky Paradise [Deluxe Edition] (CD) [Explicit]


Big Sean

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Amoeba Review

03/10/2015

It seems that Big Sean has finally arrived in a big way. The Detroit rapper's third and latest album, Dark Sky Paradise, went straight to the number one slot on the Billboard 200 chart following its release. That chart coup, for which he said he felt "blessed," was most deserved since Dark Sky is a much stronger release than its predecessor (2013's comparatively lackluster and poorly received Hall Of Fame) and is more in line with his 2011 hit-driven debut, Finally Famous, and the mixtapes for which he became famous. In fact Dark Sky Paradiseeven surpasses Finally Famous since the rapper, born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, displays obvious growth, both as a person and an artist. This he ably achieves while delivering his beloved bad boy trademark rap style, and being joined by a star-studded guest list who, for the most part, perfectly compliment Big Sean's rap persona. Dark Sky Paradise's impressive studio collaborators includes none other than John Legend fresh off his Selma GRAMMY win, mentor Kanye West who has believed in the artist since 2007 when he signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music, plus Lil Wayne, Drake, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, and the Bay Area's legendary longtime slanguage spitting rap star, E-40. 

 

Recorded mostly in Big Sean's new home studio, Dark Sky Paradise was executive produced by Kanye West and features the production assistance of such studio manipulators as DJ Mustard, Travi$ Scott, Key Wane, Boi-1da, and Mike WiLL Made-It. Described by the rapper as a "time capsule of my whole life in the last year," Dark Sky Paradise is the artist lyrically sharing with the world the trials and tribulations of his life, including loss of love as evident in the songs "Win Some, Lose Some" and "IDFWU" (aka "I Don't F**k With You" or "I Don't Mess With You") which was inspired by his last (pre Ariana Grande) relationship (Naya Rivera) that ended in a well-publicized broken engagement. "IDFWU" was pre-released five months ahead of the album as part of the four-song Untitled EP. Other highlights from Dark Sky Paradise's 12 tracks (15 tracks on the deluxe version) include the opening track, "Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)," the hit "Blessings," "One Man Can Change the World" which addresses the death of his grandmother, and the excellent Kanye West collaboration "All Your Fault." Dark Star Paradise is Big Sean's best album and biggest hit to date but it is not his greatest, yet. That will come, assuming the 27-year old rapper continues his growth as an artist tapping into his real life feelings and emotions as witnessed on this album's standout tracks.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)
Big Sean 02:58
2.
Blessings
Big Sean , Drake 04:12
3.
All Your Fault
Big Sean , Kanye West 03:44
4.
I Don't Fuck with You
Big Sean , E-40 04:44
5.
Play No Games
Big Sean , Chris Brown , Ty Dolla $ign 03:36
6.
Paradise (Extended)
Big Sean 03:35
7.
Win Some, Lose Some
Big Sean 05:04
8.
Stay Down
Big Sean 04:10
9.
I Know
Big Sean , Jhené Aiko 05:19
10.
Deep
Big Sean , Lil Wayne 04:35
11.
One Man Can Change the World
Big Sean , Kanye West , John Legend 04:14
12.
Outro
Big Sean 03:45
13.
Deserve It
Big Sean , PARTYNEXTDOOR 04:21
14.
Research
Big Sean , Ariana Grande 03:50
15.
Platinum & Wood
Big Sean 02:43

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