This one caught me by surprise. Not that Big Sean isn’t going to get big soundtrack looks now, as this one is for the upcoming Terminator summer blockbuster, but that he collaborated with a Chinese pop singer that we’re not as familiar with in the States. In fact, this is my first impression of Jane Zhang and it’s quite the favorable one.
She carries “Fighting Shadows” with some booming vocals that resonate if you have the volume up on this one. I liked Sean’s verse from a lyrical standpoint — it’s definitely one for the underdogs — but his chill flow didn’t quite match the intensity of Zhang. I’m sure that was purposeful but the contrast didn’t work all the way for me. That said, it doesn’t kill it and I’m tuning into this one more for Zhang.