It’s been a busy February of new singles thus far. The three most recent ones feature a trio of big names: Rick Ross featuring Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and Future linking up with Pharrell and Pusha T.
Not only those, but Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean dropped some notable freestyles lately — Lu over “OG Bobby Johnson” and Big Sean over an original production that he accompanied with a music video. But that’s not all, if you haven’t yet copped the studio version of Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” remix with Kendrick Lamar (one of my most played tracks in the past few weeks), that rounds it out… ICYMI.
Big Sean‘s vlog series picks back up again with his first visit to South Africa acting as the appropriate reason. Directed by Zeno Jones.
“1st Quarter Freestyle” [New Song/Video]
“Ashley” f/ Miguel [Music Video]
More new Big Sean, but this one has an asterisk since it was recorded four years ago. “Thank You” appears for the first time on DJ Folk’s new #FolkTape mixtape and that’s how we hear a young Seandon talk rapping across this chill production from The Olympicks. It definitely sounds like his older material and has some nice lines towards the end.
Song since removed.
ICYMI: Big Sean “Ashley” f/ Miguel [Music Video] | “1st Quarter Freestyle”
The new video for “Ashley” is not what you’d expect. Fan favorites of the Mano-produced Big Sean x Miguel collab from Finally Famous were probably expecting some visuals about the ex that Sean said the song was directly about.
That’s not what you get here. This is Sean’s “Flashing Lights”-esque trip under the mercy of a hot girl (who um, btw gets naked so the ‘explicit’ tag in the title actually applies). The video works in unfolding a dramatic story and keeping you engaged; I just think it falls flat and wasn’t the right song for it. The connection is too vague for me at least, and I am a big fan of the song. What do you all think?
No Miguel in the video btw, and just to be clear: NSFW.
ICYMI: Big Sean “1st Quarter Freestyle” [New Video/Song]
NEW Big Sean today as he drops the new song/video for “1st Quarter Freestyle”. Watch and then download below. Directed by Mike Carson. Song Produced by KeY Wane. Additional Production by Travi$ Scott.
Sean definitely has a lot of nice moments on all these raps in 6 minutes. The beat is along the lines of other mean records like a “10 2 10” (after all, Wane and Scott were involved) yet this one doesn’t try to trump any rhymes by Sean. Thankfully the beat switches up across the 6 minutes, as does Sean’s flow. Overall, a *Tibs Fav. — the video just illustrates Sean rapping, which is what stands out about this experience. And to further reel you in, here’s a relevant reference to the NBA and some cool lines afterward too:
Bitch I ain’t playin’ no mo’ like D. Rose or Kobe, it’s kobe the beef and the shrimp ravioli, Seandon you know me, my cash homophobic, I swear it’s so straight then I double it up like I cloned it!
Beware beware beware… this fresh remix of Big Sean‘s Hall of Fame single featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko. The veteran Ted Smooth does the honors, mixing it with the rawness of LL Cool J‘s “Ill Bomb”. I dig that instrumental a lot and now it has a 2014 feel to it, especially with Sean and Jhene on this. Give it a listen/download below.
Mike Posner takes it back to his hometown for the new video to “Top Of The World”, the newPages single that premiered earlier this week. Big Sean and all of their D-Town homies appear in the video, alongside Mike’s actual family (his parents and sister) and even some of Detroit’s best athletes like Nate Burleson. Posner and Sean find themselves at Ford Field, Comerica Park, the Palace in Auburn Hills, as they merge some sports scenes into the video as well. The fun they have in this video is infectious and makes me like the single even more (the date skit was funny too). All in all, it’s an easy suggestion to watch and upgraded to a *Tibs Fav.
Produced by Diplo & Benny Blanco and directed by Jon Jon Augustavo.