This one comes a little out of nowhere, but it’s another crossover into the mainstream pop realm for Big Sean. Maroon 5 and Adam Levine tab Ariana Grande’s rumored boyfriend for the intro verse to “Maps” and Sean rhymes about partying in this youth-aimed record. Listen below:
Ariana Grande x Big Sean — not only in music. Reports are sizzling that the two are now a couple after recent public breakups for each. But the potential romance aside, “Best Mistake” is a nice collab in itself as Key Wane flexes some versatility in the production by slowing things down for the canvas for the two to describe a relationship that was their “Best Mistake”. I was particularly impressed with Grande’s voice that simply booms throughout the record. Sean’s addition definitely has its moments too as he continues to experiment with his flow. All in all, a *Tibs Fav. that’ll be appearing on Grande’s upcoming album, My Everything, out August 25th.
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The new video for Nobody’s Smiling is the Big Sean-featured “Diamonds” and the two G.O.O.D. mainstays link up for the video that engages with their cities making up their shape. With both moving and rhyming, you can focus on the changing outline of, for instance with Common, the classic Chicago skyline. Diggin’ the off-black and white colors of the video too that adds to the rawness of the track. Nobody’s Smiling in stores now.
Track 01 of Nobody’s Smiling begins with some crooning from James Fauntleroy as he instantly transplants your mind and mood to the substance to follow. That was my initial feeling at the Nobody’s Smiling listening party and again today as the interwebs gets to hear “The Neighborhood”. Common‘s piercing vocals are followed up by the roughness of Lil Herb on verse 2 and to round it all out: No I.D. samples Curtis Mayfield’s “Other Side of Town”. Hard not to appreciate the grit and grind that’s embodied in this track by the Chicago talent involved. A great way to kick off Nobody’s Smiling, which will be dropping in full in just a matter of days: July 22nd.
That’s not all! Here is the first-look at the upcoming video for Common’s collab with Big Sean “Diamonds”. Looks like this will be the next single pushed. Vibes on the second verse especially and I’m diggin’ the visual so far too. Lots of Chicago architecture spotlighted + superb typography choices. #Design
Dreams reflect clarity, ain’t no disparity between peace and prosperity, so marry me.. DIAMONDS!
Whoo, the newest preview of Nobody’s Smiling is perhaps the best one yet. Common teams up with Def Jam x G.O.O.D. comrade Big Sean over another raw cut produced by No I.D. for “Diamonds”. The sample above is just a small taste of Common’s superb diction and lyricism on display as I have a hard time choosing between the first and second verse as my favorite. Big Sean laces a hook and more importantly, a slick verse of his own to conclude the record, putting down a smooth flow and pattern in the process that gets better as he goes.
Last week, we were among the lucky ones in Chicago to get a sneak preview of the entire album and this was one of the tracks that I tweeted was a gem (no pun intended). I should note that we only heard Common’s verses so now that I hear Big Sean’s last verse, I like it even more. Click for more first impressions and our interview with Common. (a great skim-thru)
Without further ado…
And hey, dare I say this is on the level of another “Diamonds” you all know?