Album review: ‘Detroit 2’ by Big Sean


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Detroit 2 is the fifth studio album release from Big Sean.

Zain Charania, Guest Writer

Twenty-Five year-old rapper from Santa Monica, Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, more popularly known as Big Sean, released the sequel to one of his original albums, Detroit, with his newest album, Detroit 2. The hit album blew up and celebrities including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade fell in love with his art, as they expressed on their social media.

Detroit 2 has 21 songs and features Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Eminem and other huge names in the rap game. Big Sean opened this album by reclaiming his presence in the mainstream rap community. He wanted to make a huge statement that he is still one of the best rappers around and that he is still the same rapper from the beginning of 2007. Sean continues by speaking about the deep hole the world is in now. He wishes that everything was better and that everyone was safe.

Sean was raised in the Motor City. The rapper was slept upon for a while because of his tendency to only blow up when he drops a hit single, like IDFWU, which was released in 2015. Some artists similar to him in sound are Logic or J. Cole. While Detroit 2 has minimal flow and overall lacks lyricism, his presence in the rap community is undeniable.

Detroit 2 definitely wasn’t perfect but there were a few songs that caught my ears. His song Wolves has a catchy upfront beat and has strong meaningful lyrics such as “Straight up, these ain’t tattoos these are scars.” Sean focuses on his hardship beginning from when he was just a child.  He elaborates on these feelings in the song Deep Reverence where he expands about drugs, guns, and COVID-19. Sean discusses his fears and then continues on about his late friend Nipsey Hussle and how before Hussle died they planned to do “something big.” 

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All of his songs effectively paint a picture which is something that all rappers try to do, but aren’t always successful at. Songs should be able to show the listeners whatever they are rapping about and the listener should be able to feel like they are in the rapper’s shoes. There are moments in the album where he does a good job in providing a picture for the listener, but this isn’t the best work he’s ever done. 

I give this album a 7/10 just because he hasn’t wowed me due to his lack of a unique sound. Nevertheless, this album is something I would normally put on my playlist. I recommend this to fans of Sean and would tell other rap listeners to give it a try.