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    Big Sean - Hall of Fame

    Release date: August 27, 2013

    For most of the rap internet, Kendrick's verse on Big Sean's non-album track "Control" was the peak high-energy moment of this summer, and yet, listening to Hall of Fame yields the kind of lackadaisical happiness that so many albums miss in an attempt to catch attention. The slow burn of tracks like "Fire" and "Beware" is a welcome addition to the huge sounds of Yeezus and the sonic trappings of Trap Lord. Big Sean is surrounded by hip-hop heavyweights, from Kanye's own G.O.O.D. music stamp of approval to guest appearances on his record from Nas, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, Common... the list goes on. It's no game changer, but Sean delivers an album that carefully and candidly reflects on his grind. From the sentimental-leaning lines on "First Chain" to the final album track, 2012's "Guap," this record is a solid sophomore effort from Sean and one of this summer's strongest releases.—harmonicait