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On Why You Should Like Big Sean More Than You Do (Or Claim To)

Big Sean has just blessed us with the hottest music video of the year with his ode to, our friend, Martin and you are still hatin’.

I like Big Sean, but, for some reason misguided reason, you still don’t like him. Your girl doesn’t like him, our fearless leader here at VSB doesn’t like him. Jimmy Fallon probably even restrains his schoolgirl-esque giggles when he comes on his set.

Liking Big Sean is a tough burden to bear. People are quick to tell you the reasons he hasn’t earned their respect. He’s dated more than one teeny-bopper turned “sex appeal struggle” actress. He’s whiny. He has no damn business calling himself “Big” when he’s smedium at best.

Big Sean is the platonic ideal of a little brother. When you think of a “little brother”, Sean’s face appears.

All of these are facts. They are valid reasons. However, I’ve done the research, and the real reason you don’t like Sean is he’s the most like you. Too much like you even.

He may be like you, or your little brother, or your big-headed cousin, or your petty ex-boyfriend, but Sean does not exude the aura of what we’ve come to expect from a rapper. He’s regular. He’s not a character.

Over the 30 plus years we’ve been listening to hip hop, strong personalities have reigned. Those personality types have morphed into archetypes that we’ve come to expect.

The Slick Talkin’ Ladies man: (LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee). Every rapper has to be good with women, but this type of rapper is so dedicated to his craft, he may have even referenced performing oral sex on a woman prior to Lil Wayne circa 2006 making cunnilingus okay in rap and then subsequently disgusting.

The Bohemian: (Tribe Called Quest, Lupe, Andre 3000) This type of rapper is so deep, he don’t even rap. Nappy afro is optional.

The Street Poet: (Nas, Kendrick Lamar) This type of rapper has seen some shit, but his pen and his pad saved him. The contemporary Street Poet is typically the best rapper alive but he ain’t one ounce of fun. Don’t let him try to be either or hate will follow. (See: “You Owe Me”, “Swimming Pools”)

The Cartoon: (Busta Rhymes, Redman, Most Atlanta Rappers) This rapper never fails to entertain you and never disappoints on a feature with his animated style. His album might be good, but you haven’t heard it. Just like the Academy Awards, no one respects comedy.

The Hustler, Do’Boy, Thug: (All) This rapper is about his money. Laws, relationships, staying a member of the democratic party be damned . If you listen to one of these rappers albums, you basically have an instructional booklet to go out and poison your community.

Of course there are variations, but where does Big Sean fit into this? The problem is he doesn’t. He’s an amalgam of all of these but he doesn’t really go for any of them. He straddles the line, because he’s just a regular ass dude who made it.

I am willing to admit that I have had struggle rap days and, honestly, if you can read above a twelfth grade level, coming up with something clever bars isn’t that hard. But some moral quandaries do arise. Is my grandmother going to hear this? How can I big up my city and actually help them? Where is this going to lead me?

Even though Drake spit his secular all on “Blessings”, Sean more or less made a hip hop praise song and somebody in his family is happy about it. His childhood church in Detroit probably already made an arrangement with a bass harmony. Steph Curry even let’s Riley sing it, and you know they’re a first pew family.

Hip Hop goons and narcissists may toss these notions aside, but a regular ass dude with regular ass feelings may temper them and just be honest. Being “real” is one of the core tropes of rap, but being honest isn’t. It lacks bravado. It lacks the bullshit that we want from rap. “Realness” is staying loyal to a past and to other people, while honesty is staying loyal to the truth.

Sean’s truth ain’t sexy. It doesn’t arouse our desire for the absurd. He’s not a strip club deviant, he’s not a vegan, he’s a cat from Detroit with two good eyes who could rap good. One of his hottest bars on “Blessings” is: “I pay my mortgage, and electric. Never going under even with anaesthetic.”

That’s right. Big Sean got auto-pay. That’s real to me. I feel that. Bill paying rap? = Fire Emojis.

Sean grew up watching these archetypal rappers and incorporated them into his rap algorithm. Thusly, Big Sean is shuffle. You may have to skip a few tracks but you’ll find some you want to listen to.

“Blessings”, “IDFWU”, “Mercy”, “Clique”, or even as far back as “A$$” or “Marvin and Chardonnay” are tracks that YOU like. Accept it. Big Sean has more notable singles than Kendrick and he even dropped a brick along the way, Hall of Fame, that nobody heard.

That’s not a shot at Kendrick but Sean deserves love. His contemporaries have, more or less, picked a type. Kendrick is our street poet du jour; J Cole and Wale are both leaning toward a Neo-bohemian lane, and Drake…well Drake is actually pretty similar to Sean. They both dabble, but Drake is all about the bullshit. There’s no reservations there. He’s embracing Litchfield like Piper with a tattoo needle.

Your rappers need not be coke-pushing superheroes. They don’t have to be actors. Regular dudes, smoke, chase women and money, and pontificate on it just like drug addled monsters do. Somebody just as regular as you can make you go, “ahh that was clever!”, it doesn’t lessen your taste.

Let’s try it out. Here’s a line: “I’m A G, with the L lit on me me like an elevator.” Did you chuckle mildly? Give Dark Sky Paradise a listen and enjoy bars like that one over damn good beats.

Liking Big sean is like admitting you don’t like turkey bacon. Don’t lie to yourself to fit in with highbrow crowd. Enjoy some flavorful empty calories. You ain’t got to lie to kick it.

Big Sean isn’t.

Brandon Harrison

Brandon lives in LA and has Hollywood stories that rival those of Rick James. He prides himself on staying righteous and knowing more about basketball than you.

  • “And you know we on a roll like we did good in college”

    No.

    • Big Sean said this? LOL He looks like a cornball

      • tgtaggie

        He kinda is a cornball. lol

      • It was from a song with Jhene Aiko. BET showed the video before that sh*t sammich of an award show they had Sunday night.

    • h.h.h.

      #SongOnRepeatOnMyPhone

      #BeatWayTooCold

      • I listen to some mindless ish but this guy bothers me H3.

        • h.h.h.

          mane, erry time i hear the song i feel like hopping a flight to a random island in the Caribbean where i can get drunk and act up lol

      • Kema

        Song’s ok… But I’m loving his videos.

    • panamajackson

      Considering how even our favorite rappers have terrible lines, I give dudes a pass on occasion.

      Because it was Common Sense from the City of Wind who said in a song on a Cocaine 80s song, “I liked her like a simile…”

      That is not deep.

      • Oh, my favs have garbage lines too. Lonnie Lynn/Common/Elam Ferguson also dropped that “driving herself crazy like that astronaut lady” bar.

        I just hate Big Sean, Peej.

  • Sahel

    Only Rachmo can show love to this post as she openly confessed to loving this Rapper. I mean come on,after that petty rap of i dont fuck with you smh. The dude wont be on any all time lists.

    • panamajackson

      Yeah, but most rapprs wont be on any all time lists. But he’s a pretty good artist. Admittedly, I think I’m a Big Sean fan and didn’t even know it.

  • Andie

    I never really thought Damon cared that much one way or the other about Big Sean. Or anybody did. I just thought it was a VSB running joke.

    • Tristan

      I always looked at it as a running bit, like J Cole being boring

      • Nick Peters

        but J Cole isn’t boring

      • Serious question here, is J.Cole boring because everyone else says he is? I’m clearly biased about Jermaine but I’ve never understood why he catches so much flack for his sound.

        • Tristan

          I hate his production, but yeah I think it’s just a joke that people run with cuz I mean people buying these albums

        • Brandon Allen

          HIs album is the best out of the recent crop of releases. I like him, but he seemed insistant on making his own beats for some reason, which made everything soooooo repetitive feeling.

          • At this point, I couldn’t see anyone else producing anything for him that wouldn’t distract from his lyrics. Idk. I’m a fan of his production because it’s very minimalistic.

            • Tristan

              Meh, you’re a major label artist I need you to put some money into your craft…his albums feel like mixtapes

        • panamajackson

          He’s over-hyped for what he could be. His production is average. His raps are above average but not enough to overcome how boring his production tends to be. He’s not as good a rapper as Lupe Fiasco, but has better production. They end up in the same place…largely forgettable.

          • Tetsuo and Youth lowkey bangs though….

      • panamajackson

        Right…J Cole is boring doe.

    • Nick Peters

      I think it is a response to a coment I made 3 days ago

    • Brandon Allen

      Every joke has a kernel of truth…

  • tgtaggie

    Even I’ll admit this: I like Blessings and IDFWU. But its so hard to take Big Sean seriously like you would Kendrick, Wale, Wayne, Kanye, Jay or even Logic

  • Dougie

    First off, I think Dark Sky Paradise is awesome and I literally listened to it today on the way to work.

    The issue with Big Sean is that he shows flashes of greatness, then slips back into mediocre bars and tries to slip them by us like we don’t notice mediocre bars. Big Sean is the Michael Beasley of the rap game. If he really buckles down, he can be a great, but he decides to smoke weed and not work on his craft hard enough.

    • Quiana

      I guess that’s it, cause I don’t know why I like him, I just do. And i like listening to him.

    • Brandon Allen

      Ever rapper has mediocre bars peppered in their songs. Why can’t Sean flourish? Michael Beasley isn’t even in the league anymore with crazy talent. Sean is more an average talent that sticks around….maybe a Kyle Lowry.

      • Dougie

        He just happens to have more mediocre bars than most. Probably because he is so wordy in his style and always tries to be clever, but with that swing for the fences style comes a lot of strike outs. It’s not a bash of Sean, just an observation. I like the guy.

        Kyle Lowry maximizes his potential. He’s a bit fat, and not very fast. Maybe Beasley was a stretch, he’s comparatively better than Beasley. Let’s call him Rudy Gay.

  • That girl MEL!

    I’ve always thought of Big Sean as Kanye’s more likable little brother. Like, you go visit you homeboy Kanye, and y’all wanna go get some pizza. But then Kanye’s mama is like “Take your little brother!” and Sean gotta come with you. But it’s cool, b/c Sean is small and cute and attracts all the girls.

    PLUS – ‘Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay’ is my JAM!

    • Lea Thrace

      That is theeeee most perfect description of Big Sean.

    • NoPlaysOff

      Spot on!

    • TLati

      Plus his video are on point.

  • MzzPeaches

    The Cartoon: (…Most Atlanta Rappers)

    I am not here for the constant shade on my city lol

    And Big Sean just won me over based on that video release of ‘Play No Games’. I love everything 90s and a video down to the minute detail of past Martin episodes pulled me. *about to order a pair of Timbs and a babydoll shirt for the fall*

    • Lea Thrace

      You know good and well our city puts out hot garbage “rappers”. They make catchy little diddies but there is no talent behind it whatsoever.

      Edited to add that I will rock Migos and Gucci until I’m 80 tho…

      • Tristan

        Fuggin terrible

      • MzzPeaches

        But I’m saying, how you start off w/ Andre’ 3000 (one of THE greatest out of the A) then just say “oh yeah most rappers”. We do have some quality lol

        • Superstrings

          Plenty quality. 3000, Big Boi, Luda, T.I., Cee-lo, B.o.B.

          • MzzPeaches

            Killer Mike, Stat Quo, Jeezy, Goodie Mob- Khujo, Gipp, T-Mo…

            • Lea Thrace

              But this isnt who is being put on these days. These classic artists with talent get no radio play. The hot garbage gets the play which unfortunately makes it seem like that’s who Atlanta is putting on.

            • Stat Quo is still a thing?

        • Brandon Allen

          I said most not all. And I want aware Andre 3000 was a rapper…..plus most of yall rappers with sense pushing 40….or 50.

    • miss t-lee

      “The Cartoon: (…Most Atlanta Rappers)”

      He really tried it, I wouldn’t let that slide.

      • Brandon Allen

        Nothing wrong with being a cartoon. The best ones are self-aware.2 Chainz knows the game.

    • panamajackson

      For all of the greatness ATL is responsible for, we are equally responsible for TONS of non-sense. I remember the terribleness of the mid 90s. Good times with great memories of bad music. Locally anyway.

  • Dcetstyle

    Big Sean dated Ariane Grande. The same Ariana Grande who is laughably compared to young Maria Carey.
    Before he dated Santana from Glee and she probably stinks. And then she said black people stink after being engaged to a black man.
    So no! I will not like him.
    Until he squires the second coming of Lauren Hill, I can’t see it for that negro.
    Because I am petty and I embrace petty.

    • Ariana has a decent voice though

      • Tristan

        Just decent?

        • It’s better than decent. If you care, YouTube some of her live performances. I don’t think we’ll be talking about her 20 years from now but her voice is better than Jhene, K.Michelle, and others like them.

          • JennyJazzhands

            People think Jhene is a good singer?

      • Aly

        Too bad no one can understand what she’s saying.

        • HeyBooHey

          Not. One. Word. That’s always been my complaint with her

          • KMN

            THIS and my baby loves her I’m like who what is she? what is she saying? can the dogs understand because I’m not there with this mess lol

            • HeyBooHey

              It may be the catchy beats (?) that your baby can just create lyrics to lol

              • KMN

                lmao I supposed that’s it…cuz I don’t get it…Disney…seven year olds…there’s some kind of connection…I’m not even going to try to figure it out lol

          • Aly

            I always want to yell at her to enunuciate woman!

            • HeyBooHey

              That’s ALL I said when I heard her first single “so….she’s really not gon enunciate these words??”

      • Dcetstyle

        It is very thin to me.

      • Brandon Allen

        That ponytail makes her look like a candy apple. I don’t approve.

        • MysteryMeat

          BWWWWHAAAAAA! dead@candyapple

        • TeeChantel

          BOL!

        • She’s straight from Disney so they market her as a “tween” to appeal to that demographic. I’m hoping they sultry her up within the next year.

          • miss t-lee

            Nah. You can tell they try to do the Lolita thing with her.
            That’s why she’s forever in a ponytail and leather trying to pull off sexy.

            • Ehhhh, here’s hoping she finds a new stylist and hair dresser

              • miss t-lee

                Nah, that’s totally done on purpose.
                Until she gets about 25 then they’ll try to grown woman here. Earlier example: Selena Gomez

                • AlwaysCC

                  soooo – i just looked her up because i really thought she was about 15/16. she’s 22 (as of last week). at 25 she’s only going to look…15 or 16. no amount of makeup is going to help that

                  • God Shammgod

                    Taking off that dayumn attachable pony would be a good start.

                    • mssporadic

                      She needs to pull a Miley and get a pixie cut since her natural hair is short and damaged. It’ll probably make her look emaciated but she can just deal until her hair grows out. She should have went the Vision of Love version of Mariah instead of Butterfly-Mariah. Being a chex-pot makes every dude feel like they are R.Kellying her.

                    • God Shammgod

                      Shes been giving that excuse for like 4 years now. Ain’t no way her hair is still frayed that badly. She needs to get like Elsa and let it go

                    • AlwaysCC

                      you leave elsa out of this!!

                  • miss t-lee

                    Selena looked 16 until a few months ago..lol

                    • Cleojonz

                      Selena still looks 16. Still has a 13 year old girl’s body. No amount of cut outs and slide slits will help that!

                    • miss t-lee

                      not talking about her body, per se’…more her face.

                    • Cleojonz

                      I think her face still looks really young. But she is still young so I might just not be able to see the difference between really young adults and teenagers anymore.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Gotcha.

          • Nick Peters

            she tries to look not a day over 13…while walking around more than half naked…it is weird

            • Chex sells, especially to the 11-15 age group.

              • Nick Peters

                still weird…

          • Cleojonz

            That’s the problem though. Either she has been trying to sultrify herself or her peoples have said she should but she still has the body and face of a 12 year old girl so I don’t really want to see all that. It’s like Miley’s no curves having self always being naked and shaking her stuff everywhere. Come back when you actually have a woman’s body.

            • PunchDrunkLove

              Exactly. Ariana is not ready yet for where she’s trying to go or being pushed to go. She looks under developed and sounds under developed. Nothing sultry about her….not yet anyway

          • DebraKayeII

            That’s what bothered me about Sean dating her. I get she’s legal but she’s marketing herself baby prostitute- Britney Spears style, which I’m never okay with.

            Plus he’s a little obsessed. We get Naya broke your heart dude, we got the song, do we need the look-a-like replacement too? #notafan

        • Dcetstyle

          Candy Apple!!!!
          Hahaha!!!!

          So true tho

      • Siante

        She’s not a bad singer- just needs more struggle in her voice.

        • PunchDrunkLove

          She’s got pretty good control, but her voice has not yet fully developed.

          • Siante

            Yeah – u said it. She’s got some growing to do.

    • MzzPeaches

      At least she was legal. Now Tyga and his statutory piece on the other hand…

      • HeyBooHey

        Know what’s crazy?? Wasn’t surprised in the least when that illegal coupling happened

        • MzzPeaches

          I’m like “Soooo, aint NObody gone say anything and act like its cool? Anybody? SOMEbody?” *blank face*

          • KMN

            they’re Kardashians…OF COURSE IT’S COOL… ~insert side eye here~…I fault Tyga…to a point…I fault that momma…she knows better…but the check is more valuable than her daughter so…pimp her out…pimp on big pimpin…

            • PunchDrunkLove

              Yep, that’s she does, have always done……big pimpin’.

          • HeyBooHey

            Nope, I didn’t even give that response. It’s disgusting but not surprising coming from them. That mama/family don’t disagree with anything controversial that can generate publicity. Plus, it’s no different from what I’ve seen growing up it was just never so damn public

            • MzzPeaches

              Um really? When I was 16 and dudes way older than me tried to get at me my older cousins were on standby ready to beat some azz. I could see she’s 17 and he’s 20. Maybe even 21.
              but 17 & 25? Nah playa. #ShowMeSomeID

              • HeyBooHey

                Oh I ID ALLA my guys now as a result lol. But I was getting hit on once I reached 15 and started walking home from school in Queens. Cars stopping, dudes hopping off buses, walking alongside you. I’d blatantly say “uh, I’m 15 bruh” and get “so you can’t have friends??”. One guy lied and said he was 18 when I was only 16 just to get my number. He was 24. My older sister saw him on our block and put the fear of the Holy Trinity in him when I told her. He still can’t look me in the eye when I visit lol

                • MysteryMeat

                  God that street harassment is real AF. I dont like hearing those kind of stories its creepy and makes me worry about my neices and little cousins.

                  • HeyBooHey

                    It almost became normal, my friends and I would compare stories smh. I taught my little cousins how to deal with it but they were chaffeured everywhere. But let me hear anyone trying it with my 12yo niece. The distance between DC and NY will be a swift one for me to shove my entire life 5x up any grown man’s a*s who attempts to talk to her.

                • Ugh, “so you can’t have friends?” That’s always the line!

        • Yeh I never got outraged…I tried, but it just reminded me of high school, seeing the pretty girls getting dropped at school by guys with luxury cars and full grown beards, and this was in a small, upper middle class neighborhood.

          • HeyBooHey

            Exactly. Or getting hit on while walking home from or standing outside of school. Tyga just saved on gas sitting outside the playground and went straight to the front door smh

      • Sigma_Since 93

        It’s Hollywood…it’s doesn’t make it any better but I understand / can rationalize it. Example, I know it’s an A list party but why did you let Justin B, Brittany, Justin, McCauly in before they had pubes? We act like we’re surprised when they develop *sniff sniff* problems or when they hook up with folks older than them.

        • Nick Peters

          isn’t that what family and real friends are for?

          • Sigma_Since 93

            “isn’t that what family and real friends are for?”

            When keeping your family on the payroll goes wrong.

            • Nick Peters

              you don’t keep them on the payroll…but when you need smoeone to treat you like a human being that is what they are for

              • Sigma_Since 93

                In real life this works. In Hollywood, not so much.

          • mssporadic

            Mama tried to get put on too. Drew Barrymore proved that in her autobiography!

        • HeyBooHey

          And the rationale is often “well, they grew up faster so they can handle it”. Nah, they’re still teenagers they just have money. Financial abundance doesn’t change mental development

          • DBoySlim

            ” Financial abundance doesn’t change mental development.”

            I have to respectfully disagree. None of us can fathom the comfort of never being in need. Having nearly all of your needs met, being rich and adored will have an affect on your development. It’s hard for a rich man to get into heaven because of attitude and lack of need.

            • HeyBooHey

              I meant moreso for the younger crowd, you don’t always skip ahead and become more mature because you have a few accessible millions. There’s more “child stars” who’ve snorted up their residuals than those who didn’t because they never heard someone tell them no

        • Lol, I just remember watching all those old Maury shows where they brought the young teen girls and they’d just be going off, competing who is more ratchet and ho-ish than the other, while their mom’s would be crying sitting on the chair with the belligerent daughter like “Yeh b!tch, that’s right, I run sh!t”…and then 20 minutes later you got real-life Major Payne playing the magical negro, bringing order back to the white family.

      • Dcetstyle

        I am so over that family and their shenanigans. I can’t even be outraged anymore.
        Kris Jenner is blatantly trying to turn her youngest daughter into her most profitable daughter that they aren’t even fun to tease anymore.
        Like when the truth about the Duggars came out.

    • KMN

      “Because I am petty and I embrace petty.”
      I enforce and support this statement 1000% …I’m on my Virgo petty right now since last week and have no intentions of stopping…
      #staypetty

      • MysteryMeat

        That hashtag made me giggle haha. #staypetty yas

        • KMN

          MM feel free to use that hashtag in all Twitter and Instagram appropriate situations as needed…yw yw lmao

      • Lea Thrace

        I always look my best when I’m wearing my #pettycoats…

        Virgos stand up!

        • KMN

          Virgo season is OTW…watchoutderenah!!! cuz we gone act up, be petty and judge you when you get mad at us for being petty and judging you lmao

          • MzzPeaches

            Indeed. This Virgo is going in to dirty 30 so shenanigans will ensue :))

            • KMN

              oh I remember the dirty 30 shenanigans…patron and herb were heavily involved…Virgo on I will celebrate vicariously thru you as I am on my way to 40 soon and am getting too old for such fun lmao

              • MzzPeaches

                That sounds like the start to my evening too, patron & herbal refreshments lol

                • KMN

                  I aint gone lie though…this is how I plan to start 40….how am I gonna END 40? prolly laid up on a couch or an ER stretcher…but it’ll be worth it!!

        • Kema

          Yea Virgo!!!!

    • h.h.h.
    • miss t-lee

      “The same Ariana Grande who is laughably compared to young Maria Carey”

      I think folks jumped out the window a bit too quickly with the Mariah Carey comparisons.

      • Cleojonz

        Anytime a chick sings in the upper register the Mariah Carey comparisons ensue.

        • miss t-lee

          Unfortunately.

    • Nick Peters

      What if he dates Tink….will that make it even…

      • MysteryMeat

        What does Tink even look like? I havent googled her or nothin even though Timbo keeps big upping her all over IG I cant put a face to the name. Is she invisible?

        • Nick Peters

          She is crazy talented

          • MysteryMeat

            Imma have to get into her then.

        • She’s amazing. She’s my complexion. Very cute.

        • Tristan

          She’s very default black girl, weave brown skinned full lips

          • MysteryMeat

            omg not default but I soooo get it lmao

            • Tristan

              For real, I feel like everyone knows someone who looks like Tink

              • You right. I think that’s why I like her so much, aside from the rapping. She’s very much, the “girl from around the way”. A nice change of pace from the Jhene/Tinashe/Zoe Kravitz hybrids that oversaturate everything

                • Tristan

                  You and your war on lightskinneds lol

                  • I will continue to fight the good fight until me and my brown skinned/dark skinned sisters get our proper recognition.

                    • AlwaysCC

                      wait wait wait…do i get to claim dark skinneded now??! #mediumaf

                    • Dcetstyle

                      I got your back on that one.

                • Zoe Kravitz is A+ 50,000 notes Tumblr Aesthetics

                  • Nick Peters

                    She’s ok….regular light skinned “special” black person who is so unique that she doesn’t know anyone black

                    • She hangs out with Yasiin Bey and performs at AfroPunk. What are you talking about?

        • TeeChantel

          LOL! I’m officially done with you today.

      • uNk

        Ah…Timbalands attempt at an Aaliyah 2.0

        • Beauty In Truth

          How is everyone comparing to Tink to Aaliyah when 1. She is mainly a rapper. And 2. She has excellent vocal control. I see her as a 2.0 version of the old Blackground crew with Nicole, Tweet, Lil Mo’, and the like cause she has a similar sound. But Aaliyah was in her own category.

          • Epsilonicus

            Aaliyah was overrated

            • Beauty In Truth

              You gon’ die today! XD

            • mssporadic

              VSB needs an Aaliyah post so that we can debate her greatness and end this debate. I liked Aaliyah, but I was always more of a Brandy fan. I still don’t understand half the slang in Are You that Somebody.

              • Nick Peters

                i saw brandy @ the cheescake factory during Howard’s homecoming

              • HeyBooHey

                Aaliyah was great in her hair swoop, dancing and the exquisite way she sang above a whisper. RIP forever and always, but a true singer she was not.

                • Beauty In Truth

                  Well she was beautiful as fk, and there has yet to be someone as pretty as her or with as great a wrap. And in this Instagram age we all know that’s all that matters.

                  Just ask Rhianna right?

            • AlwaysCC

              *whispers* i agree.

      • Dcetstyle

        Yes, yes it will.

    • Medium Meech

      I’m here for Ariana Grande hate and there is much to hate on, but not her voice. Like with my Beyonce hate, yeah my petty demands satisfaction but I don’t hate on her voice or her skills as a performer cause she’s got those. And Ariana Grande on her worst day sounds better than Bey.

      • Beauty In Truth

        “And Ariana Grande on her worst day sounds better than Bey.”

        I’m surely no Beyonce Stan, but you can chill to 30 below on that one O_o lol

        • Medium Meech

          You think Beyonce is a better singer??

      • Dcetstyle

        To quote Q from the Best Man, the original, aka the good one.

        In what world???

        There is no comparison. Ariana voice is way overrated in my book.

        • Medium Meech

          There’s a lot of space between Beyonce and Maria for Ariana to inhabit. She can be overrated if the standard is Maria and still be a lot better than Beyonce. And Beyonce is a good singer. The Marias and the Whineys and the Arethas are just once in a generation talents.

          • Dcetstyle

            True the Mariahs, Whitneys are once in a lifetime talent, but there is no way you can convince me that Ariana is a better singer than Bey. Ariana is slightly better than Brittney. That’s how thin I find her voice to be.
            Slightly better than Janet. That’s all I can give her.
            And you know why? Because as I stated before, I’m petty.
            And I am a Taurus, a classic Taurus.

      • Superstrings

        Ariana smashes Bey in the vocal department.

        • Beauty In Truth

          Screaming at a high pitch does not equal a great singer. I need vocal control and range in my musicians…But not everyone cleans out their ears in their daily showering routine, and I don’t teach elementary hygiene classes so….

          • Superstrings

            So, you’re saying Destiny’s Child Bey > current Ariana Grande?

      • mzpw

        Whoa now……whoa.

  • I’ve not listened to his album(s) so I won’t pretend to be knowledgable about his discography beyond the singles I’ve already heard. That being said, he isn’t my favorite mainstream rapper but I’ll let IDFWU rock every time lol Gimme Atlanta trap all day though. I don’t ever tire of Migos or Gucci (Free on July 11th!!!!!!!!) or Jeezy

    • panamajackson

      You know as well as I do that Gucci Mane and “free” are two words that do not go together.

      • I’m just relaying the info that the streets gave me

  • h.h.h.

    as much as it’s the millenial thing to grind 25 hours a day, i’d have thought with lines like these, Big Sean would get move love:

    “F-ck yo’ night list, f-ck yo’ day list, f-ck yo’ playlist
    I’m from the D, f-ck your A-list
    I been working 8 days a week
    I don’t even know what the f-ck today is”

    i still haven’t listened to Kendrick’s album, because i’m still enjoying Dark Sky Paradise.

    the big sean hate is funny, kinda like watching a dude say Steph Curry isn’t all that in 09, because Tyreke Evans is around.

    • h.h.h.

      oh and one more thing:

      The Cartoon: (Busta Rhymes, Redman, Most Atlanta Rappers)

      You don’t spell “All” as M-o-s-t.

      • Buuut Jay Electronica IS from New Orleans… O_o ? *cleaning fingernails*

        …Let’s stick w/ “Most”.

      • NKORigible

        Lol. Haha… Andre, Big Boi and them other kats from Goodie Mob…

    • Brandon Allen

      He’s got great hard work bars. People want to hate on his mediocre bars he’s the only rapper that throws a few limp lines on a song.

    • Ger Wil

      Im rather new to VSB so the first time i realized there was so much dislike for Big Sean was like a week ago. I too found it funny. Is it that people don’t get his lyrics? Maybe they have never heard FF Vol. 1? or 2? or freaking 3!!? or the just AWESOME Detroit?

      It is something I sincerely fail to understand. But, that’s partly because I’ve never seen someone give a real reason why they don’t like Sean’s music.

      Lastly, i have to disclose that I spent most of my life in detroit (even after I officially moved to Atlanta) but that really doesnt have much of bearing since I still dont really represent for Danny or Shorty. I’m just saying that Sean puts out a vast assortment of very clever bars, and though he REALLY LIKES HIMSELF, his music is just down-to-earth enough to be truly relatable.

      • h.h.h.

        he doesn’t push weight, and he’s not Ralph Tres-vant nor Ronny Romance.

        #RegularDudesGetTheHesAllRightButHesNotRealAroundHere

        *adds a ‘lol’ so noone feels any type of way*

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