Dark Sky Paradise

Dark Sky Paradise

by Big SeanBig Sean


Artistically, three is the charm for Big Sean as Dark Sky Paradise is much more expansive than previous efforts, sometimes grinding with executive producer Kanye West's love of the dark, and other times bouncing with the snark, swagger, and style that propelled this Detroit rapper to the top. "Paradise" is a prime example of the latter as it busts into the strip club with a Mike-Will-Made-It beat as Sean strings expletives together for an intricate weave, but the man who yearned to be Finally Famous with his debut got it, and is no longer drunk on fame, because as the song explains, the hangover is well underway. Just as infectious and twice as slick, "I Don't Fuck with You" featuring E-40 drops sly lines like "These ho's chase bread, all day/She got a bird brain," while the great "Now I wear v-necks, people ask what happened to the crew?" comes from "Win Some, Lose Some," a key track that links the pop side of the album to the problems side. Problems like the loss of family, as the elegant "One Man Can Change the World" gains strength from the bittersweet swirl of emotions commonly known as the five stages of grief; then there's the ridiculous and winning "Deep," which ruminates and stomps as if Three 6 Mafia were subbing for this week's philosophy class. Mentor Kanye's fingerprints are all over the beginning of the album as "Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)" slowly unfurls like a West-styled album intro, while "Blessings" and "All Your Fault" both sound as if Drake took a swing at Yeezy's 808s and Heartbreak album and then shattered all expectations. There's no filler, and the overall LP flow is near perfect on any non-Deluxe version that doesn't run past the "Outro." Wise, infectious, memorable and, as the song says, "Deep," Dark Sky Paradise suggests that grown-up doesn't necessarily mean beat-up, even after all the brutal punches life can throw.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547227867
catalogNumber: 002278602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Sean   Primary Artist
Kanye West   Vocals
Natasha Bedingfield   Vocals
Gregg Rominiecki   Vocals
DJ Dahi   Background Vocals
Key Wane   Background Vocals
Jhené Aiko   Vocals
Travis Scott   Vocals
Nicole Lequerica   Background Vocals
Amaire Johnson   Piano

Technical Credits

Timmy Gatling   Composer
D.J. Rogers   Composer
Nasheim Myrick   Additional Production
G. Griffin   Composer
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Fabio Patrignani   Vocal Engineer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Kanye West   Producer,Executive Producer
Eric Neuser   Package Production
T. Griffin   Composer
Eric Weissman   Sample Clearance
Gregg Rominiecki   Engineer
E-Clarke   Composer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer,Additional Production
Justin Saunders   Art Direction
Da Internz   Producer
Noah Shebib   Engineer
E. Stevens   Composer
J. Stephens   Composer
W. Roberts   Composer
C. Brown   Composer
Boi-1DA   Producer,Additional Production
E. Riley   Composer
T-Minus   Producer
Noel Cadastre   Engineer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Dijon McFarlane   Producer
DJ Dahi   Producer
James Yancey   Composer
Omar Loya   Vocal Engineer
John "J-Banga" Kercy   Engineer
Sean Anderson   Executive Producer
Key Wane   Producer,Additional Production
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
E. Nickerson   Composer
Allen Ritter   Producer
Vinylz   Producer
Maximilian Jaeger   Engineer
Mikely Adam   Producer
L&F   Producer
Amaire Johnson   Producer
Miguel Maloles   Engineer
Jesse Germané   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Jay John Henry   Producer
Bryan Rivera   Graphic Design
Tilthony Daniels   Vocal Effect
Ron Cabiltes   Sample Clearance
Rob Got Beats   Producer
Albert Johnson   Composer
Joe Perez   Graphic Design

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