In 2010, Big Sean’s star power was rising rapidly. He hadn’t yet released “My Last” so he wasn’t the household name that we know today, but he had a large core of fans who were deeply rooted in his handful of releases. A quick release of a mixtape trailer shortly before it dropped had fans amped for when it’d finally come out. Upon release, people eagerly devoured it. Critics praised it for its originality and lyrical content while fans were also happy to just have some new music from Sean. The tape had a large part in ushering in the Big Sean era of rap music, introducing his signature flow and rap style to a new audience, and inspired a generation of Detroit rappers to take up the mantle as the city’s savior when he passes the bar.
The project has withstood the test of time well with it still widely being considered his best work. Today, we revisit some of the standout tracks that made the mixtape amazing. Be prepared to head on over to LiveMixtapes and download it. You won’t regret it.
From the moment the beat drops, Big Sean declares himself a new figure in rap’s dangerous game. It’s an amazing intro that gives us a glimpse into Sean’s powerful personality.
Big Sean loves Detroit, and Detroit loves him back. This ode to the beauty of his Hometown appeared on FF3, before he blew up. He owes it all to the city and he knows it. By professing his love, he cemented himself in Detroit history.
Too Fake (feat. Chiddy Bang)
This might be one of the more underrated tracks on the whole project. The relatively easy-going nature set by the beat, Sean’s verse, and the featured artists, went against what rap music was at around the time. It made for a great listen that inspired some of the music following its release.
Supa Dupa Lemonade
Who could forget the infamous “Supa Dupa Lemonade” that inspired rappers with its signature rap style? Big Sean went in over Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” beat so hard that the song became his own. There were so many quotable lines spit here that just about every bar circulated on Twitter feeds for months after the project’s release.
Ambiguous (feat. Mike Posner and Clinton Sparks)
Big Sean collaborated with Mike Posner and Clinton Sparks for the soundtrack to 2010 and 2011 kickbacks. This slow and mellow jam introduced a new audience to Big Sean and Mike Posner, with the latter going on a brief run in relevancy before simmering down.
Review: @LaBritney_ and @kashdoll ‘s “Actin Funny” showcases two of Detroit’s premier artists at their best
It’s nice to see women from Detroit come together and create good music. La’Britney and Kash Doll have hooked up and created a true slapper called “Actin Funny.” Over the bouncy, Bay-Area inspired production, La’Britney and Kash Doll drop off verses about how people treat them once they start getting money. Both artists breath fresh air into the tried-and-true topic and showcase their talents, also showign off some new ones.
La’Britney starts off the proceedings by singing the chorus, and, if you thought she could only sing, be prepared to be suprised. She spits a hard verse; seriously, harder than many rappers who just spit. She showcases her venomous side – her talk of guns and shootouts sounds very believable by her not forcing any images, just talking regulalry. Afterwards, Kash Doll comes in and does her thing as usual. Is it even a question at this point?
Overall, very solid record from two amazing recording artists.
Checkout “Actin Funny” below.
Review: Young Roc’s “Dreams” Is Unusual, Refreshing, And Daring
In Detroit, raw lyricism and flow are the main points of interest in the rap scene. Without either, you’re often either overlooked or chastised. But Young Roc has made a case for choosing to circumvent these rap mainstays and focus on aesthetically daring music that channels lyricism and flow through unconventional means. He traverses through songs on the backs of eclectic melodies and daring production. It’s an amazing feat that has made him someone on our “Must Watch” list. His single “Dreams” only confirms his place as one of the most creative rappers in the city.
The track’s borderline pop production is a daring choice for Roc. Knowing that due to his past music that he’ll be categorized with the more lyric-heavy artists in the city, Roc still chooses to go for the outlandish. It works in its own exciting way. Roc’s vocals on the track match the wackiness of the production, blending pop aesthetics with gritty Detroit angst. It’s a beautiful track that shows just how creative Roc can get.
Listen to “Dreams” below.
Review: @SOBxRBE ‘s “Paramedic!” Is Brilliant, One Of Black Panther Soundtrack’s Best
When Black Panther comes out, people will cause a riot in theaters; partly because the movie has received stellar reviews, but mostly because the soundtrack for the film is of the highest quality. This isn’t an assortment of randomly selected hot songs in pop culture – it’s a carefully curated project by Kendrick Lamar. One of the best songs from the soundtrack comes from the Bay Area’s SOB X RBE collective, the enchanting “Paramedic!”
Kendrick Lamar offers a brief introduction before the tribal beat cuts on, placing listeners in an almost trance-like state. We heard Kilmonger’s name used at the beginning, so it’s reasonable to assume that the song could be related to the movie’s villain. If it is, it makes even more sense – the song has a darkly erotic vibe to it. The chant of “I wish a nigga would,” is long and drawn out, adding to the uniqueness of the track. It’s an enchanting listen that will send the crowd into a frenzy when it comes on during the film.
Listen to the engrossing listen below.