First Chain (Album Version (Edited))
Label: Getting Out Our Dreams Inc. (G.O.O.D.) Music / IDJ
Big Sean draws an unfair amount of ire for being a talented pop-rap braggart. He's no Kendrick Lamar, but he has his moments here, like the self-questioning "Nothing Is Stopping You," the bro-step of "Toyota Music," and the Ellie Goulding-assisted electro-pop "You Don't Know." But for every well-timed rap like "First Chain," there's a brain-hurting number like "10 2 10" and its chorus "I woke up working like I'm Mexican." Then there's "MILF," with Sean and Nicki Minaj's noxiously unfunny cougar stereotypes. It's a mixed and entertaining bag, but who really expected a Hall of Fame?