The Rocnation star, Big Sean released his fifth studio album Sept 4, 2020. This album included features from Stevie Wonder to Kash Doll. Detroit 2 pays homage to the rapper’s hometown.
Detroit 2 should’ve been Detroit 0. Big Sean’s flow executions were monotonous, to say the least, and instead of riding the beat, the beat rode him. It was a hard listen when there was no emotion, vocal inclinations, or effort put into more than half of the songs on the album.
I didn’t start enjoying the album till track 4 – Wolves feat. Post Malone. Sean uses a metaphor that he eats up in his first verse, and Post Malone comes in on the track with some rhythm and rhyme and gave the song everything it was missing. I add it to the top three for the best songs on the album.
On Harder Than my Demons, Sean incorporates some flow variations and switches up the tempo. You can hear how he starts getting creative with his verses in this song and is actually having fun. This is one of the best songs on the album.
ZTFO is another song that wasn’t too bad. Sean slowed his flow down a little bit and gave the song more of a chill vibe.
The worst songs on the album were TWENTY88 and Friday Night Cypher. On TWENTY88, Sean attempts to sing? And his performance confirms that he should stick to rapping. Jhene is on this song because TWENTY88 is their duo album so it only makes sense. Her verse is done effortlessly as the ‘Pussy Fairy’ artist is known for her soft angelic sound.
Friday Night Cypher has about 7 features on there and each feature sounds like a completely different song. There is no melodic Segway into the next verse, it’s just choppy and sloppy. This song is disappointing because a lot of people were excited to see this executed and to hear some of these voices, but Sean should take this one back to the drawing board.
Story, by Stevie Wonder, is in the top three of the best songs on the album. He doesn’t sing or anything but he speaks eloquently and shares a beautiful message about what Detroit was for him and how his upbringing by his mother allowed him to be free in a world he could see even though he was blind. Basically stating that being blind is a state of mind to him and a state of mind he doesn’t carry.
The top three best songs on the album were Harder Than My Demons, Wolves, and Story.
Big Sean isn’t my favorite rapper, but I’ve always enjoyed his hits, however, this album didn’t do him justice.