Hall of Fame (Big Sean album)

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Hall of Fame
Studio album by Big Sean
ReleasedAugust 26, 2013
Recorded2011–13; 4220 Feng Shui Studios, (Los Angeles), Island Sound Studios, (Honolulu)
GenreHip hop
Length61:10
LabelGOOD Music, Def Jam
ProducerSean Anderson (exec.), Kanye West (exec.), Da Internz, Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., James Poyser, Key Wane, Mike Dean, Million $ Mano, No I.D., Rob Kinelski, Travi$ Scott, Twilite Tone, Xaphoon Jones, Young Chop
Big Sean chronology
Finally Famous
(2011)
Hall of Fame
(2013)
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Hall of Fame
  1. "Guap"
    Released: October 26, 2012
  2. "Switch Up"
    Released: April 6, 2013
  3. "Beware"
    Released: June 25, 2013
  4. "Fire"
    Released: August 20, 2013
  5. "Ashley"
    Released: October 2013
 
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Hall of Fame
Studio album by Big Sean
ReleasedAugust 26, 2013
Recorded2011–13; 4220 Feng Shui Studios, (Los Angeles), Island Sound Studios, (Honolulu)
GenreHip hop
Length61:10
LabelGOOD Music, Def Jam
ProducerSean Anderson (exec.), Kanye West (exec.), Da Internz, Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., James Poyser, Key Wane, Mike Dean, Million $ Mano, No I.D., Rob Kinelski, Travi$ Scott, Twilite Tone, Xaphoon Jones, Young Chop
Big Sean chronology
Finally Famous
(2011)
Hall of Fame
(2013)
Deluxe edition cover
Singles from Hall of Fame
  1. "Guap"
    Released: October 26, 2012
  2. "Switch Up"
    Released: April 6, 2013
  3. "Beware"
    Released: June 25, 2013
  4. "Fire"
    Released: August 20, 2013
  5. "Ashley"
    Released: October 2013

Hall of Fame is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Big Sean. The album was released on August 27, 2013 in the United States, through GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. Big Sean said that Hall of Fame is a far more inspirational and a more conceptually-driven project than his 2011 debut album. Sean also said he intended to "teach and make a lasting impact on peoples lives with this album." It features guest appearances by Nas, Common, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Juicy J, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Miguel and Young Jeezy among others. The album's production was primarily handled by No I.D., and Key Wane along with additional production from Da Internz, Mike Dean, Travi$ Scott, Xaphoon Jones and Young Chop, among others.

The album was supported by five singles: "Guap" which peaked at number 71 on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Switch Up" featuring Common, the lead single "Beware" featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko, which peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Fire", and "Ashley" featuring Miguel. Sean also released various inspiration vlogs leading up to the album's release.

Upon its release, Hall of Fame was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 73, based on 12 reviews. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 72,000 copies in its first week of sale. As of September 22, 2013, the album has sold 104,000 copies in the United States.

Background[edit]

On September 27, 2012, Big Sean announced the title of the album as Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player, and announced a release date of December 2012.[1] Sean stated that he picked the title because,

"that's just what I am. You're going to hear times I went through that I feel like situations are really going to be relatable to people."[2] Shortly afterwards, he stated that he, "didn't want to just do another club song,"[3] and that he was, "not going by the label standards. I'm not going by the club standards. This is just what the fuck I want to do. Some people are going to like it. Some people are going to hate it; regardless, I'm just doing me."[4]

Sean also said that Hall of Fame would be a far more inspirational and a more conceptually-driven project than his debut album. He went on to say he wanted to teach and make a lasting impact on peoples lives with this album.[5] Soon after, in an interview with Power 105 Sean stated he would include skits in the album and every album after to give them a "classic feel." Also indicating that the song "Mula," which features French Montana from the mixtape Detroit could be featured as a deluxe edition track.[6]

During December 2012, Sean said that the album would feature all types of songs, and everyone that had heard the album at that point had been "blown away" by it, including Kanye West, No I.D., J. Cole, and Billboard Magazine.[7] The single "Clique" from GOOD Music's album Cruel Summer, was originally supposed to be featured on Hall of Fame.[8][9] The album was included on multiple "Most Anticipated Albums of 2013" lists including MTV, being ranked fourth by XXL and eleventh by Complex.[10][11][12]

Recording and production[edit]

GOOD Music founder Kanye West executive produced the album.

Early on in the album's recording process, he revealed that Kanye West, Nas, Tyga, Common and Jhené Aiko were going to make appearances as features, while West, No I.D., KeY Wane, Hit-Boy and Young Chop are producers on the album.[3][4][13] He would later confirm features from Miguel, Kid Cudi and other members of the G.O.O.D. Music.[14][15] In an interview with Tim Westwood on November 28, 2012, he announced that Eminem had invited him to come to the studio, along with announcing that he had renamed the album from Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player to just Hall of Fame.[16] On March 12, 2013 along with revealing a slew of songs on the album, Big Sean announced there would be songs featuring Lil Wayne, Juicy J and 2 Chainz on the album. He also revealed that he worked with DJ Camper, DJ Mano, Da Internz and Rio on the album production wise.[16]

On April 26, 2013, Sean finally had his studio session with Eminem, that also included Royce da 5'9" and Mr. Porter.[17][18] On June 8, 2013, Big Sean talked with MTV News about his almost full day studio session with Eminem, promising a potential final product and labeling it a "Detroit classic" but being unsure if it will appear either on Hall of Fame or on Eminem's upcoming eighth studio album.[19] However, he would explain that Eminem was too busy working on his album to get on Hall of Fame.[20]

No ID (left) was the album's primary record producer.

On July 17, 2013, in an interview with ThisisMaxTV, Sean announced that Ellie Goulding would be featured on the album.[21] At an August 1, 2013 listening session he revealed additional features from Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy and Doughboyz Cashout.[22] In August 2013, Big Sean told Rolling Stone that the album was primarily produced by No ID and childhood friend Key Wane, with Kanye West having a much smaller presence on the album then Sean's debut album. The final version of the album featured less guest appearances then his previous album, Sean saying he wanted to "limit it to the important ones".[20] The final tracklist contained guest appearances from Ellie Goulding, Lil Wayne, Jhené Aiko, Nas, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Young Jeezy, Payroll of Doughboyz Cashout, James Fauntleroy, Miguel, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Earlly Mac, Pharrell Williams and Common.[23]

Release and promotion[edit]

Big Sean released the mixtape Detroit on September 5, 2012, in promotion for the album. The mixtape consisted of completely original songs. The mixtape features guest appearances from fellow rappers J. Cole, Juicy J, King Chip, French Montana, Royce da 5'9", Kendrick Lamar, Tyga, Chris Brown, Wale and Wiz Khalifa along with track narrations by Common, Young Jeezy and Snoop Lion. Production derives from Hit-Boy, Da Internz, Lex Luger and KeY Wane[1]

In the months leading up to the release of Hall of Fame, Big Sean has gone on to release a handful of inspirational video blogs that touch on how he’s gotten to where he’s at in his career and what he plans on doing to further his position in music.[7] His vlogs have featured cameos from Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Common, No I.D., Rita Ora, Trey Songz, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Teyana Taylor, and T-Pain among others.[24] Starting on February 23, 2013, Sean began a European tour in promotion of the album that continued until March 13 of the same year.[25] On September 28, 2013, Sean released a 23-minute documentary covering the development and making of the album, which begun 269 days before the project's release.[26]

After initially announcing a December 18, 2012 release date for the album, it was revealed that the album would be pushed back to February 2013 due to it not yet being ready.[6][27] However it was yet again pushed back with Sean saying at the beginning of February that the album was almost finished and that the second single would be released this month. He announced an expected release date of June 2013.[15] Then on June 22, he released a video on YouTube where he previewed one of the songs "Nothing Is Stopping You" and announced a release date of August 27, 2013 for the album.[28] On July 26, 2013, Sean revealed the standard and deluxe edition album covers via his Instagram.[29]

Sean recorded a song for the album featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica, and produced by No ID titled "Control". However, he could not include it on the album due to sample clearing issues.[30] So on August 14, 2013, it was sent to Urban contemporary radio as one of the album's promotional singles.[31] Lamar's verse caused controversy as he "called out" J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator, and Mac Miller and called himself the "King of New York".[32] Many rappers took offense to the lines without even being mentioned by name. Rappers including Lupe Fiasco, Papoose, Joell Ortiz, Cassidy, Riff Raff, Joe Budden, ASAP Ferg, JR Writer, King Los, The Mad Rapper, Mickey Factz, Mysonne, Bizarre, Uncle Murda, Fred The Godson, and B.o.B all released a response or a diss song within a week.[33][34][35][36][37][38][39] The song has since peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and number 43 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.[40]

Singles[edit]

On October 6, 2012, in an interview discussing the album, Sean revealed that the first single would be released within the, "next ten days."[3] He later added that the song, "ain't no turn-up song. I wanted to do something a little bit different. I wanted to do some shit that I really was inspired by, something that strikes an emotional chord in people." Later that day, he tweeted that he decided to hold back on the emotional songs for a bit and would release the single "Guap" instead.[41] It was released on October 26, 2012.[42] The song was produced by Key Wane and Young Chop.[43] The song has since peaked at number 71 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[40] The second single, "Switch Up", was announced along with its artwork by Big Sean on April 5, 2013, and shortly after the audio was premiered.[44] The single featured fellow rapper Common, while the production was handled by DJ Mano and No I.D..[45] The song was released for digital download the following day.[46] It has since peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[40] However, both songs were moved to the deluxe edition of the album.

On June 25, 2013, Sean released the album's lead single, "Beware", featuring rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jhené Aiko[47][48][49] to iTunes.[50] On July 9, 2013 the song was sent to Rhythmic contemporary radio.[51][52] On August 16, 2013, the DONDA directed music video was released for "Beware".[40][53] The song has reached a peak of number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.[40]

On July 29, 2013, a low quality version of the song "Fire" leaked online, which resulted in Big Sean releasing the full version later that day.[54][55] On August 2, 2013, the music video starring singer Miley Cyrus was released for the song.[56] "Fire" was released on August 20, 2013 as the album's fourth single.[57] The song has since peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.[58] On August 30, 2013, the music video was released for "10 2 10".[59]

"Ashley", which features R&B singer Miguel, impacted urban contemporary radio[60][61] as the album's fifth overall single, becoming the most-added song to urban radio on the Nielsen BDS chart in the week following its release.[62]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[63]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[64]
The A.V. ClubB–[65]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[66]
Exclaim!7/10[67]
The Oakland Press3/4 stars[68]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars.[69]
The Source4/5 stars[70]
Spin7/10[71]
USA Today3/4 stars[72]
XXL4/5 stars (XL)[73]

Hall of Fame was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 13 reviews.[63] Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A–, saying "Hall of Fame also has the sort of just-happy-to-be-here vibe that used to run through Diddy's extended Bad Boy crew in the late '90s — had Sean been born 15 years earlier, he would have fit right in rapping between Lil' Kim and Mase. Then again, maybe he doesn't need a team; Fame finds him rising above even his strongest guest stars. Maybe that's the message of the album: In this fun-loving, hedonistic carnival, Sean is the barker in the center ring."[66] At USA Today, Edna Gunderson called this an "outstanding second album" that he "occasionally stumbles" in an effort that is a "smart set of slick club thumpers, tear-jerkers and introspective yarns."[72] Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, saying "Big Sean's second LP might've already been overshadowed by a Big Sean song that isn't on it – "Control," where guest Kendrick Lamar carpet-bomb-dissed a generation of rappers, including Big Sean. It's too bad: The Detroit MC gets over on congeniality and crisp delivery, even when his lyrics are pro forma. Producers No I.D. and Key Wane give him sharp, energetic tracks."[69] At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff noted that "'Hall of Fame' is still a solid, confident and diverse set that shows how much he's grown as both an MC and a writer since 'Finally Famous' came out in 2011."[68]

Andrea Aguilar of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "As a whole, the feel-good album’s set of eclectic beats doesn’t disappoint, but it lacks diversity. Most of Sean’s content still teems with predictable material risking leaving listeners disinterested. Random skits also slightly interrupt the flow of the album, but if you’re looking for motivational music centered on the money, the cars, the clothes and hoes, this album is sure to get plenty of replays on your iPod and local radio stations alike."[74] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club gave the album B–, saying "Resting the convention that insists rappers use the sophomore album to expound on the tolls of success, Hall Of Fame doubles down on the carefree spirit of its predecessor. The mood is so consistently upbeat and agreeable that nearly everything works, especially the tracks that pair Sean with a strong singer. Big Sean has finally made an album that’s as much fun as he thinks it is."[65] Eric Diep of XXL gave the album an four out of five (XL) rating saying, "Hall Of Fame moves along at a steady pace for the most part, but there are instances where Sean can’t quite find the proper footing. There’s no question that Sean’s style works well on solo tracks, utilizing his elastic flow and quotable rhymes to his advantage, but at certain points it gets tough to digest on tracks like “Mona Lisa” or the smoked-out “Toyota Music.” Even these minor shortcomings don’t supersede the fact that the album is filled with radio-friendly cuts (“Fire”) and compelling storytelling (“Ashley”). Ultimately, Big Sean is a charismatic rapper who is more than ready to carry the G.O.O.D. Music torch full-speed ahead."[73]

David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Originally announced as having that "classic feel" with skits and other whatnot, Big Sean's sophomore effort arrives with only one skit, the awfully upfront bit of erotica dubbed "Freaky." It introduces the standout number "MILF," where the Detroit rapper goes Southern strip club with Juicy J and Nicki Minaj acting as the new Ying Yang Twins lineup, and while Hall of Fame offers up plenty of these vibrant, exciting moments, that "classic feel" is nowhere to be found."[64] Erin Lowers of Exclaim! gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "While Hall of Fame escapes the dreaded sophomore curse, it doesn't do so unscathed. Mid-album, the project is stalled by the uncomfortable "Freaky" interlude and "M.I.L.F." Despite a character verse from Nicki Minaj, the juvenile "M.I.L.F." is neither a party song like "Mona Lisa" nor a radio-hit like "Mula (Remix)," ultimately leaving much to be desired. Needless to say, Big Sean may not have solidified his position in the rap hall of fame, but is certainly in the process of paving his way."[67]

David Turner of Spin gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an immediate parallel to this album of relationship struggle and soul-searching, and while Sean obviously lacks his mentor's star power or ambition, he shows more heart than he typically gets credit for. There are quite a few references to the economic troubles plaguing his hometown (see "First Chain" and "It's Time"), though nothing here approaches Kanye's messy conflation of Black American history, sex, and modern-day race relations. Hall of Fame never attempts to carry that type of weight, and it shouldn't."[71] Jesal Padania of RapReviews gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "One of the highest compliments one could possibly pay "Hall of Fame" is that after just a single listen, it's startlingly easy to recall and identify almost every individual track as they are distinct, big and bold. However, it's also a tale of disappointment, as the consistency masks a lack of genuinely classic numbers. What's even more frustrating is that we already know Big Sean is capable of such moments, and while his own performance is significantly better than his debut - and his career trajectory is certainly a success - it's just a shame that his second album doesn't always feel like it, unable to meet the lofty expectations generated in advance."[75]

Accolades[edit]

The album was positioned at number 16 on XXL's list of the best albums of 2013.[76] Complex ranked the album at number 50, on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. They commented saying, "It's fitting that he and Kendrick had that moment on "Control," because Hall of Fame clearly owes some sort of debt to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. K-Dot opened up a space for rap to do that, or at least reminded folks of the sorts of things Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth used to do with the art form. Before hearing Hall of Fame, the title sounded pretentious. After hearing it, it's clear that Sean is ready to earn his place."[77]

Commercial performance[edit]

Hall of Fame debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 72,000 copies in the United States.[78] That would be a 17% decline in sales from his debut studio album Finally Famous, which also debuted at number three and sold 87,000 copies in its first week. David Drake of Complex would name the album an example of the sophomore slump.[79] In its second week the album sold 18,000 more copies in the United States.[80] As of September 22, 2013, the album has sold 104,000 copies in the United States.[81] The album also charted internationally, peaking at number 56 on the UK Albums Chart and number 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[82][83]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Nothing Is Stopping You"  Sean Anderson, Dwane Weir II, Alexander Izquierdo, Pharrell WilliamsKey Wane5:03
2."Fire"  Anderson, Darhyl Camper Jr., Alexander Izquierdo, Rob KinelskiDarhyl "Hey DJ" Camper Jr., Rob Kinelski (add.)4:22
3."10 2 10"  Anderson, Dion Wilson, Jacques Webster, Dwane Weir IINo I.D., Travi$ Scott (add.), Key Wane (add.)3:22
4."Toyota Music"  Anderson, Noah BeresinXaphoon Jones3:23
5."You Don't Know"  Anderson, Wilson, Adam "Flinch" Glassco, Ellie GouldingNo I.D.3:42
6."Beware" (featuring Lil Wayne & Jhené Aiko)Anderson, Dwayne Carter, Dwane Weir II, Alexander IzquierdoKey Wane, Mike Dean3:54
7."First Chain" (featuring Nas & Kid Cudi)Anderson, Scott Mescudi, Nasir Jones, Wilson, Dwane Weir IINo I.D., Key Wane5:29
8."Mona Lisa"  Anderson, Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark, IzquierdoDa Internz, Twilite Tone (add.)3:30
9."Freaky"  Anderson 0:42
10."MILF" (featuring Nicki Minaj & Juicy J)Anderson, Jordan Houston, Onika Maraj, Palacios, Clark, IzquierdoDa Internz4:23
11."Sierra Leone"  Anderson, Ray Evans, Neal Hefti, Nicole Lequerica, Jay Livingston, James PoyserNo I.D., James Poyser (co.)4:44
12."It's Time" (featuring Jeezy & Payroll)Anderson, Jay Jenkins, Dwane Weir IIKey Wane4:41
13."World Ablaze" (featuring James Fauntleroy)Anderson, James Fauntleroy, Dwane Weir II, WilsonKey Wane, No I.D.4:48
14."Ashley" (featuring Miguel)Anderson, Miguel Pimentel, Emmanuel Nickerson, WilsonMillion $ Mano, No I.D. (add.)4:22
15."All Figured Out"  Anderson, WilsonNo I.D.4:44
Notes
Samples

Personnel[edit]

Album credits adapted from AllMusic.[87]

  • Jhene Aiko - Composer, featured artist
  • Myra Anderson - Vocals
  • Sean Anderson - Primary artist, composer, executive producer
  • Big Sean - Primary artist
  • Elijah Blake - Vocals
  • Mike Brinkley - Management
  • Leesa D. Brunson - A&R
  • Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. - Composer, producer
  • Mike Carson - Graphic design
  • Dwayne Carter - Composer
  • Ariel Chobaz - Vocal engineer
  • Ernest Clark - Composer
  • Niko Clark - Vocals
  • Terron Clark - Vocals
  • Crazy Mike - Engineer
  • Da Internz - Producer
  • Roscoe Dash - Vocals
  • Mike Dean - Composer, producer
  • DJ Mo Beatz - Vocals
  • Ray Evans - Composer
  • James Fauntleroy - Composer, featured artist, vocals
  • Melanie Fiona - Vocals
  • Kaye Fox - Vocals
  • Ellie Goulding - Composer
  • Neal Hefti - Composer
  • Jordan Houston - Composer
  • Quron Hudson - Vocals
  • Alexander Izquierdo - Composer
  • Maximilian Jaeger - Assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Young Jeezy - Featured artist
  • Nasir Jones - Composer
  • Xaphoon Jones - Producer
  • Zeno Jones - Vocals
  • Terese Joseph - A&R
  • Juicy J - Featured artist
  • Kacper Kasprzyk - Photography
  • Kid Cudi - Featured artist
  • Rob Kinelski - Additional production, composer, engineer, mixing
  • Dave Kutch - Mastering
  • Nicole Lequerica - Composer, vocals
  • Lil Wayne - Featured artist
  • Kevin Liles - Management
  • Tai Linzie - Artwork, package production
  • Jay Livingston - Composer
  • Million $ Mano - Producer
  • Onika Maraj - Composer
  • Scott Mescudi - Composer
  • Miguel - Featured artist
  • Mikewaxx - Graphic design
  • Nicki Minaj - Featured artist
  • Nas - Featured artist
  • No I.D. - A&R, additional production, producer
  • Marcos Palacios - Composer
  • Payroll - Featured artist
  • Miguel Jontel Pimentel - Composer
  • Che Pope - A&R
  • Mike Posner - Vocals
  • James Poyser - Composer, keyboards, musician, producer
  • Andy Proctor - Package production
  • Akinah Rahmaan - Marketing
  • Kevin Randolph - Keyboards
  • Antonio Rey - Engineer
  • Travi$ Scott - Additional production
  • Derek Taylor - Drums, percussion
  • Twilite Tone - Additional production
  • Anna Ugarte - Assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Key Wane - Additional production, musician, producer, vocals
  • Jacques Webster - Composer
  • Dwane Weir II - Composer
  • Dawud West - Artwork, package production
  • Kanye West - Executive producer, vocals
  • Matthew Williams - Art direction
  • Pharrell Williams - Composer
  • Steve Wyreman - Bass, guitar
  • Kristen Yiengst - Artwork, package production

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[88]149
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[89]10
UK Albums (OCC)[90]56
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[91]5
US Billboard 200[92]3
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[93]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013)Position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[94]47

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormatLabel
Australia[95]August 26, 2013CD, digital downloadGOOD Music, Island Def Jam
France[96]
New Zealand[97]
Canada[98]August 27, 2013
United Kingdom[99]Virgin
United States[100]GOOD Music, Island Def Jam
Germany[101]August 30, 2013Def Jam (Universal)

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