Big Sean’s “I Decided.” Review
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Record Label: GOOD Music
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Big Sean’s latest album, I Decided., made me decide that this is one of the hottest albums dropped so far this year.
Big Sean, otherwise known as Sean Anderson, earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the second time with I Decided., earning 150 thousand equivalent album unit sales within the first week of its release.
So, should you buy it?
When asked the meaning behind the album, Anderson theorized that “The album is basically a chance, of having that wisdom of an old man when you’re young, and going through life and figuring it out.”
As a result, Anderson’s songs are lyrically rich and reflective, such as “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan” and “Sunday Morning Jetpack.”
In “Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan,” Anderson raps about fighting the inner demons in his mind that stand in the way of him reaching his full potential:
“This was supposed to be the last one, last two / Last flip, last you, last me, last night / Doing every single thing my parents warned me about / ‘Til I wore ‘em out.”
“Sunday Morning Jetpack” celebrates the moments Anderson collected during his family-oriented childhood:
“This feel like I’m headed to paradise one way / This feel like the family dinner that we used to have on Sunday / With Grandma in the kitchen making rum cake.”
The overall sound of I Decided is conducive to listening on a late night drive home, or as background music to doing your homework. Anderson does all the hard work with catchy rhymes and soft melodies. His music doesn’t bombard your senses; instead, he elevates them.
Paying attention is easy, and while enjoying the music, you may learn about dealing with adversity, leaning on your faith or taking risks as a path to success.
“Sacrifices” elaborates on the fact that Anderson put himself through tough situations in order to get ahead:
“Focused on the inner me, never on the enemy / And I done sacrificed my own time / I done sacrificed my own mind.”
There are no disappointing songs in I Decided, making it worth your time and money. Anderson delivers a meaningful message with each song–he’s undeniably proven to be an artist who takes pride in his craft.
While I’m unwinding to “Sunday Morning Jetpack” or “Same Time Pt. 1,” I’m anxiously awaiting Anderson’s next creative triumph.