Ok now I know this is a pretty big claim, and in no way am I saying that Finally Famous, the album from Big Sean which right now is easily an album of the year candidate, is as good as College Dropout, or as influential, or that Big Sean has even close to the level of talent that Kanye does. What I’m saying is that while listening to Finally Famous one can’t help but notice many similarities to Mr. West’s epic masterpiece of a debut, not that it should be any surprise since reports say that Kanye was in the studio with Big Sean for a large part of the recording process. Whether or not you agree with the bold claim, one thing is for certain, Big Sean lived up to his record label name by dropping good music.
I don’t know about yall, but I honestly didn’t expect this album to be that good. After hearing some rather suspect lines on the “All of the Lights” remix and basically considering Big Sean to be a bootleg Yeezy, expectations weren’t all that high. But upon hearing Finally Famous
it was clear that this kid has the ability to not only rhyme, but out together actual songs as well as properly sequence an album. The result is a damn good product that will most definitely be getting spins for months to come.
So how does it compare to College Dropout
? For starters the feel of the album is very similar. It’s refreshing, it’s young, it’s wide-eyed, it exerts this feeling of a rookie artist ready to take on the game with more heart than most on the come up. Big Sean sounds hungry and focused, not letting a single note go to waste as every bar is carefully crafted and every song seems hand-picked leaving no filler (save for that Lupe joint).
As far as direct song comparisons, “Dance” is easily this album’s “New Workout Plan” while “So Much More” as the official closer, with its length and shout outs at the end is clearly a callback to “Last Call”. “High”, while another track that could have been left off, touches on the “Get ‘Em High” feel that Kanye brought to College Dropout
while the epicness of “Never Let Me Down’s” music is felt on “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”. The last example is what separates these releases greatly however. As Kanye touched on a variety of subjects, bringing consciousness as well as ignorance all wrapped up with personal touches to the table, Big Sean is more of an on-the-surface rapper, with exceptions like “Memories Pt. 2” and “So Much More”.
Again, the comparison between the two albums isn’t meant to say that Finally Famous
is as good as College Dropout
or that it even comes close, but the overall feel of Big Sean’s debut in 2011 recalls the breath of fresh air that College Dropout
left us with. Shit both albums were even preceded by mixtapes of the same name. Whether or not you agree with the similarities, Finally Famous
is a great record and that’s really all that matters, G.O.O.D. Music delivered us good music, and as hip hop fans we should have just be happy and enjoy.