Hall of Fame [Deluxe Edition]

Hall of Fame [Deluxe Edition]

by Big Sean


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. Choppy overall flow and the feeling those skits and joiners might have helped place it a notch below Sean's knockout debut, but the rapper's growth (his nostalgic reminiscing on the opening "Nothing Is Stopping You" is a masterful mix of effortless and poetic) and his continued embrace of artistic freedom (check "Ashley," where guest Miguel blasts off "I'm just so f**kin' lucky you're my girl" on a polished, otherwise radio-friendly ballad) certainly right the ship. Bouncing between cloud rap and Kanye soul, "Toyota Music" is an easy pick, and when the alt-rock/summer-hop track "You Don't Know" comes on like Drake fronting Florence + the Machine (background vocals courtesy of an uncredited Ellie Goulding), Sean rides the No I.D. production like a champ. Besides these pop moments, true hip-hop thrives on a soul-filling promise to do better with Nas and Kid Cudi called "First Chain," and with the gravelly voice of Jeezy and the 808 kicking the woofers inside-out, "It's Time" checks off the box next to "trunk rumbler," making the superstar hip-hop album inventory complete. Fifteen cuts means this one is fat with an "f" and a bit too cumbersome to convert on first listen, but the sophomore slump this is not, meaning anyone who devoured Sean's debut should re-up with this one. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2013
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537252220
catalogNumber: 001793902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Sean   Primary Artist
Andrea Martin   Vocals
Mike Posner   Vocals
James Poyser   Keyboards,Musician
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Kanye West   Vocals
James Fauntleroy   Vocals
Steve Wyreman   Bass,Guitar
Melanie Fiona   Vocals
Derek Taylor   Percussion,Drums
Roscoe Dash   Vocals
Kaye Fox   Vocals
Key Wane   Vocals,Musician
Elijah Blake   Vocals
Myra Anderson   Vocals
Nicole Lequerica   Vocals
DJ Mo Beatz   Vocals
Quron Hudson   Vocals
Niko Clark   Vocals
Zeno Jones   Vocals
Terron Clark   Vocals

Technical Credits

Neal Hefti   Composer
Mike Dean   Composer,Producer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Andrea Martin   Composer
James Poyser   Composer,Producer
Twilite Tone   Additional Production
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Kevin Liles   Management
Kanye West   Composer,Executive Producer
Jordan Houston   Composer
Dawud West   Artwork,Package Production
Ariel Chobaz   Vocal Engineer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Tai Linzie   Artwork,Package Production
Rob Kinelski   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Crazy Mike   Engineer
Finis "KY" White   Vocal Mixing
Noah Goldstein   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Antonio Rey   Engineer
Da Internz   Producer
Ellie Goulding   Composer
Kristen Yiengst   Artwork,Package Production
Marcos Palacios   Composer
Scott Mescudi   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Ernest Clark   Composer
Xaphoon Jones   Producer
Matthew Williams   Art Direction
Mikewaxx   Graphic Design
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Sean Anderson   Composer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Anna Ugarte   Engineer
Key Wane   Producer,Additional Production
No Id   Producer,Additional Production
Akinah Rahmaan   Marketing
Mike Brinkley   Management
Twilight Tone   Additional Production
Alexander Izquierdo   Composer
Dwane Weir   Composer
Young Chop   Producer
Jack "Suthernfolk" Brown   Vocal Engineer
Tyree Pittman   Composer
Travis Scott   Additional Production
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Mano   Producer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Jacques Webster   Composer
Mike Carson   Graphic Design
Nicole Lequerica   Composer
Jhené Chilombo   Composer

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