Big Sean, 'Finally Famous' (Def Jam)

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Finally Famous
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Label: Def Jam

by Michael Tedder

Big Sean's new home Def Jam leaves nothing to chance in trying to keep this Kanye West protégé from getting Wale'd in the marketplace like so many mixtape-circuit graduates. His major-label debut proceeds efficiently, offering cloying Chris Brown choruses, canned guitar solos, and plodding beats that fail to highlight Sean's nimble flow or provide shameless pop pleasure. Except for a few asides -- like a shameful remembrance of stealing from his grandmother's purse -- Finally Famous remains stuck in a lyrical ouroboros, with Sean pointing out that he's so hot that he had to getfamous, which is why he's so hot, ad infinitum.

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