On February 3rd, Big Sean released his fourth studio album titled I Decided. With much of the same team as Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean managed to create a brand new sound for the start of 2017. With Kanye West listed as an executive producer on the album for the second consecutive time, it is safe to say that him and Big Sean has found a working formula. During his interview with Zane Lowe, Big Sean has even admitted that working with Kanye West consistently has taught him more about the game and how to shape great projects.
Aside from exclusively working with Kanye West for another time, Sean has reached out to many other artists that he has worked with in his last album. Key Wane, Big Sean's main producer-in-crime made his mark on the album with the standout song "Jump Out the Window" and his ridiculous melodies on the keys. Superstar producer Metro Boomin also made his mark twice on the album this go around with "Bounce Back" and "Sacrifices" feat. Migos. Next to having Mr. West, Key Wane and Metro Bomin produce some of the major heat on the album, Big Sean also had some intriguing features on the project. Early on the album, Eminem surprised the album with a extended verse about his life and the turmoil of society at the moment. Later in the album Sean features Migos, Twenty88, The-Dream, and even the Flint Chozen Choir all appear on the project. In preparation of this album release, he stated that he wanted to have Flint be apart of the project in a creative way to shine a light on the city. In an interview with The Daily Show, Sean also admitted that his foundation donated $100,000 to the Flint water crisis recently alone (MUCH respected).
The lyrical content on the album is shaped around the theme for the album, which is Big Sean being born again (Deciding to live his life a certain way). In some verses, Big Sean talk about overthinking, frustration and confusion going on in his life. In "Jump Out the Window" he talks about him trying to convince a woman that she wants to be with him and how it drives him crazy. While on "Voices In My Head" he explains how he is disappointed in his decisions in life. On the other hand, Big Sean kept the theme relevant with balancing these songs with tracks about him doing better for himself (Light, Inspire Me, Bigger Than Me).
Overall I believe that this album has big shoes to fill with being next to Dark Sky Paradise and its success. The angle that Big Sean goes for in this one is genius because it suggests that we will hear a Sean that we have never heard before with his next projects. My favorite tracks on this album are "Owe Me" with the Travis Scott touch, "Jump Out the Window" and "Moves".