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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of Detroit rapper Big Sean and his first album, Finally Famous, I hoped his sophomore album would maintain the same consistency as his first. Even though I was hopeful, I didn't expect Big Sean to be as compelling as his debut. Thankfully, Sean kept things together and delivers yet another captivating album in Hall of Fame. The signature "Sean-isms" are in place, which is a positive thing for the most part.

"Nothing Is Stopping You" opens the album with great promise, with Big Sean reminiscing on life before and after he 'blew up'. Hookless, "Nothing Is Stopping You" is comprised of clever verses and a couple of interludes. "Fire" is even stronger, featuring exceptional production work (Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper, Jr.). As always, Sean references his city and it's respective issues ("Coming from Detroit where everybody say 'whaddup tho'...everybody there cut throat / watch who you hustle with you might not get a cut though / even though you deserved a commission plus mo'..."). Enjoyable 'real talk', "Fire" is truly fiery.

He doesn't stop on "10 2 10", really focusing in on emotions within his raps by altering his vocal inflections. He assumes the role of different ethnicities throughout, which has some eccentricity but also makes for an entertaining set of rhymes. In the hook, he states that "...I work from 10 to10 / then 10 to 10, then 10 again / nightmares of losing everything boost my adrenaline..." "Toyota Music" is another bright spot, benefiting from it spacey nature, surely a musical representation of the paraphernalia that Sean references. As always, a play on words and repetition has a gargantuan role.

Keeping up the pace solidly on "You Don' Know", single "Beware" arrives retaining it's soundness. While it lacked the commercial oomph of past singles, the concept is interesting and the song enjoyable itself. The assists from Jhené Aiko and Lil Wayne aren't the collaboration of the year by any means, but they provide enough spark. "First Chain" is arguably more interesting, even if rap has overdid the 'come-up' tracks in which the measure of success are chains, cars, cribs, etc. This one is worthwhile if for no other reason than hearing Big Sean's distinct voice, Nas's intelligible rhymes, Kid Cudi's slightly off key humming, and NO ID's brilliant production work. "...Stunting like I got my first chain" is definitely not a poetic line, but the simple hook sums up "First Chain" solidly.

"Mona Lisa" begins a more twisted, sensually driven section of Hall of Fame, with Big Sean highly inspired by 'nastiness'. It's definitely not refined, but the clubby cut shines, even if one feels incredibly guilty listening. Interlude "Freaky" and the follow-up full-length "MILF" both 'cross the line', particularly "MILF" with it's risqué verse from Nicki Minaj and of course the 'trippy' Juicy J. "Sierra Leone", "It's Time", and "World Ablaze" are all decent, though not necessarily the main attraction. "Ashley", featuring Miguel, is a main attraction, with Sean being honest about messing things up within his relationship: "Sorry when you put your faith in me I was unfaithful, disgraceful, distasteful / yeah I know you're not supposed to have cake and eat too..." Closer "All Figured Out" is respectable, but not among the elite.

Overall, Hall of Fame shines with few major drawbacks. The best tracks are nothing short of exceptional, even if they don't always match the same commercial appeal of Sean's previous effort. The production work is a strong suit throughout, as is Sean's voice, which carries weight even when the rhymes are less enthralling. Ultimately, I highly recommend this album. 4 stars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The standout aspects on the album is the production. At best the songs are decent because Big Sean is not a rapper that can pull an emotion out of someone like J. Cole, Kendrick or Drake. He is not an interesting rapper but he can make decent hit songs. It started out with Nothing Can Stop You which was a decent song and was followed by Fire which was also not a bad song aside from a personal preference for a production tweak. 10 2 10 was horrid and is proof that Satan is real. Big Sean does not have the vocals to pull off a track like 10 2 10. Everything afterwards with the exception of First Chain and MILF are dry and boring. First Chain was a good song because of the featured artists Nas and Kid Cudi (who in my opinion had the best verse). MILF can either be viewed as funny given the tone of Nicki Minaj's and Big Sean's lyrics or a god awful concept song (which it was). Another standout moment on this track was the interlude Freaky which was extremely awkward and could have been left off the album with the other interlude/skit about him getting robbed by a groupie.

Good Songs
-None

Decent Songs
-First Chain
-Fire
-MILF

If you liked Big Sean's first album then you'll more than likely like this album. It's the same quality (which is not good from my perspective) with less hits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD
wow good album from start to finish and I say I like this one better then his first album and also I didn't have to skip one track at all..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
Finally got a chance to hear this new Big Sean.. & truthfully i like it... Hall of fame is better than the first 1 to me... Its 1 of those i can put in my playlist and groove through the whole cd with maybe 1 skip.. But all in all he did his thang & still puttin on for Detroit #IDoIt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Hall of Fame was hyped so much by Sean (much like every other rap album by its artist) and after the Detroit mixtape, I was ready to believe the hype. But sadly much like almost everything it was overhyped. But that doesn't mean it's bad, far from it actually. The majority of the album is compiled of lots of fun tracks such as fire, beware and guap. With some serious ones like Ashley. The album is a 4/5. HOWEVER, if you order the CD then expect to be disappointed with the packaging. It's shiny paper with a narrow gap the CD fits in that scratches it every time you take it out or put it back in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Im a huge G.O.O.D music fan. Big Sean has always been one of my favorites when I was in high school. I've gotten into much more meaningful lyrics in music and not just a good beat. I used to bump his old album all the time. This one to me is better, but I just can't get into his lyrics being the same thing over and over again. I feel he kills it as a featured artist but i could only get into a few of his songs on this album. Detroit to me is the best music he has released thus far in his career.

No disrespect to Big S, keep doing your thing. I am just waiting for a more mature artist who doesn't rap a lot about girls and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
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Sean's debut album Finally Famous was alright. It just didn't do it for me. Well he's come back with a new album and boy is it great. This thing goes HARD. His flow has improved, his wordplay is great, and the beats are crazy. The features are good too. That Nas and Cudi joint . . that one is wild. And the song with Meek Mill and 2 Chainz goes too hard!! Basically what I'm trying to say is this is one of the best albums I've heard this year and I highly suggest you pick it up and add it to your collection. It's one of those albums that gets better with each listen. And that Milf song with Nicki Minaj and Juicy J is a standout track ... the bass is crazy and Nicki trips you out, and then Juicy comes in and just murks it with his verse. Great album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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Love this album...gotta show love for the home town, Detroit!!!! i recommend this as a definite buy! I love Big SEAN!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase
Amazing Cd. Almost as good as Wale 's The Gifted. The downfall of this cd is' freaky' and 'milf'. Other than that I definitely recommend getting it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
Great album. You can see the difference and how much he's evolved from his first album. Wasn't a let down. Album gives you a little bit of all vibes
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