Album Review | Big Sean – I Decided.

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This album was released on February 3rd this year. I’m not expecting to enjoy this shit. Big Sean has always been super wack to me, but I’d be lying if I said he didn’t occasionally impress me. I think I heard that song Moves on the radio. That sounded pretty good. Hopefully the rest of the album is that good. I think I saw some people saying that this is actually his best album so far. That’s not really saying much, but you gotta give him credit for improving. It really seems like he’s actually trying, which is kinda sad depending on how you choose to look at it. I’m gonna give him a chance tho. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I skipped that TWENTY88 project that he dropped with Jhené Aiko last year. I’m never listening to that shit. I can tell you right away that I wouldn’t have liked that shit. I’m sure I’ll like a handful of songs from this album tho. Every song is produced by Amaire Johnson, except where noted.

Track 1: Intro

This sounds like a movie sample. Some old guy is complaining to God about how his life is a joke. “God, I know we rarely talk, but every day I wake up I feel like… I feel like I blew it with my family… With her.” Saaaame. I really don’t have anything to say about this track. It’s not a song. I personally didn’t really get anything out of this, but I’m not gonna pretend to have a problem with it.

Track 2: Light Feat. Jeremih (Co-Prod. Big Sean, Gregg Rominiecki & Maximilian Jaeger)

The way the previous track transitioned into this one was really smooth. This beat isn’t bad. The first verse was fine. Big Sean has definitely been improving a lot. I can’t really say that I’m enjoying this, but it’s definitely not that bad. Jeremih sang his ass off on this hook. Oh God. That line about being “profound” in the second verse was pretty terrible. That’s one of the only lines that really stands out as being wack tho. This is definitely a huge step up from his previous work. The song just ended. This really isn’t that bad. Again, I didn’t really get anything out of this, but it’s better than I expected. It’s kind of an underwhelming way to open up the album. It’s decent tho. 3/5

Track 3: Bounce Back (Co-Prod. Hitmaka, Smash David & Metro Boomin’)

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I haven’t listened to this song yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Hopefully I think it’s as dope as everyone else seems to think it is. Oh shitfuck. This beat is dope af. This hook isn’t bad. Sean’s using the same flow that Soulo used on RAW. I’m starting to get a little tired of this flow. A lot of people have been using it lately. It’s not that big of a deal tho. I’m sure Sean will switch it up at some point. Ok, yeah. He only used it for the first handful of bars. Damn. I actually liked that first verse. His flow was nice. It didn’t really stand out much lyrically, but I still enjoyed it. Wow. That second verse was actually really dope. I’m actually impressed. Wow. I like a Big Sean song. I was not expecting to enjoy anything on this album this much. I actually really like this song tho. This is dope af to me. 5/5

Track 4: No Favors Feat. EMINƎM (Prod. FrancisGotHeat, WondaGurl & Big Sean)

Okay, this should be interesting. Oh shit. This beat is dope af. What the fuck? I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying this album so far. I can already tell that this is easily Big Sean’s best project. I did not expect this at all. This hook is fucking dope. What the fuck… The first verse from Big Sean was actually really good. He had a legitimately dope verse. That’s dope. I’m glad he’s improved so much. It’s taking him a long ass time tho lol. It shouldn’t have taken him 3 whole albums to get to this point. Better late than never I guess. His voice isn’t even annoying me on this album. Woah. Gotdamn. This verse from Em is really fuckin’ dope. The shock-value rape lines are really getting old, but I can appreciate the dope rhyme scheme. “My age is reversing, I’m basically thirty / Amazingly sturdy, zany and wordy / Brainy and nerdy, blatantly dirty / Insanely perverted, rapey and scurvy / They blame me for murdering Jamie Lee Curtis.” He definitely gets points for dissing Ann Coulter & Donald Trump too. I really fuck with this song. This is another great track from Big Sean. I’m shocked. I mean, I’m sure this album will go downhill at some point. This is a really good start tho. This is even better than the previous track. It’s dope af. 5/5

Track 5: Jump Out The Window (Prod. Key Wane & Hey DJ)

This beat is nice. Oh no… Big Sean… No. Stop singing. Please. Well, at least he isn’t trying to hit a high note. I guess I can tolerate it if it’s only on the hook. Oh shit. Never mind. He’s singing the whole first verse. Nah. That’s not good. Oh hell no… “Remember when you used to come through and hit the Mario Kart / And you always picked the princess / I realized you was princess way back then.” What… What the fuck… No. Big Sean. Okay, THIS is the kinda shit I normally expect to hear from Big Sean. This shit is corny as hell. It sounds like there are some uncredited background vocals from Jeremih in the background. Sean’s flow on the second verse was kinda cool. I don’t know. This is a little too poppy for me. It’s kind of a sugary love song. This isn’t for me. This is definitely my least favorite song on the album so far. I’m not feelin’ this one. This one’s wack to me. 2/5

Track 6: Moves (Co-Prod. Fuse & Tre Pounds)

Alright, I already know I like this song. The part of the hook where he says “she make da titties move” is kinda dumb to me, but it’s not that big of a deal. I guess. The beat’s dope af. Sean really stepped his flow up for this album. He used to have that annoying ass flow that sounded like a run on sentence where he would just ramble and jam words together. He’s actually putting syllables where they belong now tho. I think one of this song’s main strengths is its short length. It doesn’t overstay its welcome. It’s just one dope verse, and a quick outro verse. It’s a catchy track. It’s not amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 7: Same Time, Pt. 1 (Performed by TWENTY88)

Ugh… Yikes… I don’t know how I’m gonna feel about this… I don’t think Jhené Aiko is a bad artist, but her Hip Hop collaborations are kinda hit or miss with me. Especially when Big Sean is involved. I’ll give it a chance tho. I’m kinda confused by the title of this song, mostly because there isn’t a “Pt. 2” later on this album. Maybe they’re planning to make a sequel to this song in the future. It’s starting now. This beat is nice. They’re harmonizing on the hook right now. It sounds fine I guess. The melody itself isn’t really doing much for me tho. There’s only one verse. It’s not that good. It’s not really bad tho. I don’t know. This track kinda feels like an interlude. It’s only a minute and thirty seconds long. I doubt I would’ve liked it anymore if it was longer tho. It’s just not for me. I’m not into love songs like this. The only thing I really like about this track is the production, and even the beat isn’t that great to me. I’m not feelin’ this one. 2/5

Track 8: Owe Me (Co-Prod. Travi$ Scott & DJ Mustard)

Alright, I’m already halfway through this album, and it’s pretty obvious that this is easily Big Sean’s best project to date. It’s far from perfect, but I never expected to enjoy an album from him this much. You gotta give him credit for improving. He’s still got a shit ton of work to do before I can call myself a fan, but he’s on the right path. This track is starting now. Oh no… He’s singing again. He’s really gotta stop doing this. Oh boy. Within the first two bars he talks about how his ex owes him sex. Nah. Nah. You know what the problem is? A lot of Big Sean’s music is about his relationships with women. That kinda shit never interests me. Maybe if he was better at it it could be enjoyable for me. I kinda doubt it tho. I have absolutely no interest in Big Sean’s love life. Shit I didn’t even have any interest in my own love life until recently. I don’t get the appeal of this kinda shit. I don’t like anything about this song. Even the production is underwhelming. You would think that DJ Mustard & Travi$ Scott would be able to contribute more, but this is pretty bland. I feel like I’ve heard this song already. This sounds like something that could’ve been on Hall Of Fame. This is easily the wackest song on the album in my opinion. 1/5

Track 9: Halfway Off The Balcony (Co-Prod. Maximilian Jaeger)

Alright, this project’s starting to take a dark turn. Hopefully he can pick things back up before it’s too late. I like this beat. Uuuuugh. Why is he singing? It’s not even just the hook. He’s singing on the first verse too. Oh no… Nah. I’m sorry y’all. I can’t do this one. I just don’t give a shit about Big Sean’s relationships. The second verse was better. Wow. The song just ended. Yeah… Nah… I’m not feelin’ this one. Nothing about it stands out for good reasons aside from the production. I’m not fuckin’ with his melodic delivery, and the subject matter just doesn’t interest me. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 10: Voices In My Head / Stick To The Plan (Co-Prod. DJ Dahi, DJ Khalil & Metro Boomin’)

Okay, this song has some really impressive production credits, so hopefully it’ll be good. It’s starting now. Yes. Yes. This production. Yes. Oh shit. He’s not singing. Thank you lord. Voices In My Head just ended. It was cool. It kinda felt like an interlude tho. It was a decent hook and a short 8 bar verse with a very simplistic flow. I kinda jumped the gun with my excitement for this production too. It’s definitely good, but it’s not amazing or anything. It’s a big step up from the preceding handful of tracks tho. Stick To The Plan is starting now. Oh my fuck. Okay, Metro Boomin’ did his thing on this one. This is great. The hook is pretty basic, but it gets the job done. The first verse was dope. Woooah. It sounds like the whole song sped up during the second recital of the hook. Man. This is actually kinda cool. The second verse was dope. His flow on that last verse was impressive too. Okay. This is more like it. I fuck with this song. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 11: Sunday Morning Jetpack Feat. The Dream (Co-Prod. Cary Singer)

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This beat is fine I guess. The hook’s nothing special. Huh. I just listened to the whole song. I can’t say this is bad, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. It just didn’t do anything for me. Nothing about this track stands out. This is gonna sound kinda fucked up, but the overly positive, feel-good content doesn’t really interest me. Sean’s flow was nothing special. The little bridge from The Dream did nothing for me. I don’t think this is a bad song, but it’s definitely not good to me either. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 12: Inspire Me (Co-Prod. Sidney Swift, The Track Burnaz & Detail)

Uuuuugh… Okay, I’m ready for this album to be over. This beat’s cool. The hook’s not bad I guess. This track is dedicated to his mom. It’s cool I guess. This is another track that I feel like I’d never come back to. It’s not really bad tho. I’m not mad at it. It just doesn’t really do anything for me. I don’t even really have anything to say about it. It’s just not that good. It’s fine tho. I’m indifferent towards it. It’s decent. 3/5

Track 13: Sacrifices Feat. Migos (Prod. Metro Boomin’ & Allen Ritter)

Oh shit. I didn’t know the Migos were on this album. Allen Ritter too? Gotdamn. Okay, this might actually be really dope. It’s starting now. Oh my lord. This beat is dope af. Yes. OH SHIT? Yes. YES. This is easily the best beat on the album. This shit is dope af. DAMN. This shit is HARD. Big Sean’s flow on this first verse is great. The hook is dope too. Oh shit. I’ve heard this song before. My friend Michael was playing this in his car. I remember that line where Sean says his girl is a mix of Aaliyah & Sade. Yeah, this is nice. I actually really like what he did on this one. Offset sounds amazing over this beat. YES. This is so fucking awesome. Damn. This might actually be my favorite song on the album to be honest. This is fantastic. Quavo did his thing too. Unfortunately, my favorite Migo, Takeoff, is nowhere to be found. I feel like he’s always missing. That’s a damn shame. He would’ve killed this song. It’s still a really dope track tho. I definitely fuck with this one. It’s dope af. 5/5

Track 14: Bigger Than Me Feat. The Flint Chozen Choir & Starrah (Co-Prod. RobGotBeats)

Alright. Finally. Last song. Here we go. This beat is dope. The first verse wasn’t bad. Damn. I actually really like this hook. I didn’t know how I was gonna feel about the choir, but they sound pretty good. The little bridge from Starrah was cool too. The second verse was fine. Hmm… Do I like this song? I don’t know… I feel like I enjoyed this on the first listen, but at the same time I doubt I’d ever feel the need to return to this track. If it came on the radio I wouldn’t be in a rush to change the station, but I wouldn’t ever put this on intentionally. It’s a decent song tho. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

Yeah, this is Big Sean’s best album. It’s not good. It’s his best album tho. I’m impressed. He’s really improved a lot. I’m interested in seeing what he does next. This wasn’t a bad album. I think he could possibly come out with a good album if he keeps improving. I feel like he’s at his best when he’s not trying too hard to tug at people’s heartstrings. I have no interest in Big Sean’s personal life. I’m sorry. I just don’t. Well, I can’t even say that. I’m fine with Big Sean rapping about his personal life. I just don’t give a shit about his love life. Every time he makes a song about a woman I just lose all interest. I’m sorry. I’m not gonna pretend to give half of a fuck about him & Jhené Aiko. I want more shit like Sacrifices or Bounce Back. I’m also gonna need him to stop singing… I gotta give him credit tho. There was a surprising lack of cringe worthy bars on this project. Don’t get me wrong, he still has his facepalm-worthy moments, but they happen way less often than they used to. This album didn’t piss me off like his other albums did. There was really only one song on this project that I thought was terrible. He’s improved a lot. Hopefully he continues to do so. I can’t call this a good album, but I’m looking forward to his future work. This project right here is just okay. I have faith in him tho. I’m sure at some point he’ll come out with a dope project.

Favorite Song: Sacrifices

Least Favorite Song: Owe Me

Verdict:

64%

60-69

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One comment

  1. This is surprisingly decent.

    I give this a 7.5/10. I understand this album’s concept, though the execution could have been more better thought out. (Will link an interview where Sean discusses the album’s concept at the bottom.)

    Concerning the intro. That was an original piece for the album performed by an actor by the name of J.R. Starr.

    I like Jhene Aiko’s solo stuff when it’s just her singing, there’s a certain soulfulness to her music. Depending on an artist on whom she collaborates with it can be though to swallow.

    And I just wanna say this about Eminem. He fell off (a very long time ago), and musically has been cringy since Encore.

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=UG-ZVFRzv2k

    (At 1:49 he discusses the album’s concept).

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