Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise (2xLP)
Sean Anderson aka Big Sean started rapping as a 12-year old at the progressive Waldorf School in Detroit. In high school, he and a friend formed a duo, then entered and won the “Friday Night Cipher” MC contest at hip-hop radio giant Hot 102.7. The win earned them a spot to rap live on-air every Friday night for nearly a year. It was on one of those Friday nights around 2005 that Sean encountered Kanye West (back in the Late Registration era) who agreed to hear the teenager’s freestyle. It was the contact of a lifetime, which led to Sean’s signing with G.O.O.D. Music in late 2007, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam in 2008.
Big Sean’s career has exploded in the last few years since the release of his debut album Finally Famous (2011). In addition to being recognized by GQ Magazine as 2012’s ‘Hottest Rookie’ and picking up honors at the 2012 BET Awards for ‘Best New Artist,’ Sean received double Grammy nominations for his collaboration with mentor Kanye West for “Mercy” which also featured G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam label mate Pusha T and 2 Chainz. In 2013 he issued his second full-length, Hall of Fame, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and produced six singles.
Big Sean's third studio effort, Dark Sky Paradise, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in early-2015 and has yielded three successful singles with "I Don't Fuck with You," "Paradise" and "Blessings." In addition to production from Kanye West, DJ Mustard, Mike WiLL Made It and Vinylz, the album features famous guest spots from West, Drake, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, John Legend and E-40.