Big Sean is on total fire these days and I for one am a complete fan. He has managed to come from the bottom ranks of the music business to the top in what has surely not been the smoothest of rides. Signed to Kanye‘s GOOD Music label in 2007, and then Def Jam Recordings in 2008 Sean is a product of the “New” music industry, and a highly adaptive business model that has seen him release mixtapes and singles strenuously, but consistently over the passed few years. His signature flows and ad-libs have become an American fan favorite easily found on all radio formats, internet playlists, and now, right here on your very favorite music blog extraordinaire, Et Musique Pour Tous.
Young player from the D that’s killing everything that he see.”
Killer drums, clean, crispy, and nicely placed claps, and an arsenal of hi-def sounds courtesy of hit-making producer and golden boy of sound: Hit Boy, provide a head-bopping and instantly likable foundation for the lyrical collaborators to easily flow over, as they each pay homage to their respective Cliques.
As usual, the outstanding verse on this super mix of personas comes from the legend himself, and the other “Sean” on the record, Mr. Sean Carter, aka Jay-Z. Hov manages to smoothly brag about having one of the world’s most famous and successful cliques. Rihanna, Beyonce, and Kanye are some of the entertainment universes most notable brands, and Hov is tied into them all. Keeping true to his witty wordplay on songs and staying as real as possible to his street essence, Jay goes on to break down his successes mathematically, and why he is at the top of any game he ever touches:
Turn that 62 to 125, 125 to a 250
250 to a half a million, ain’t nothin’ nobody can do with me.”
The lyrical reference is to cocaine weights, and also alludes to money made from his more legitimate business ventures. (62 grams = 1/16 kilo, 125 grams = 1/8 kilo, 250 grams = ¼ kilo, 500 grams = ½ kilo, and the Brooklyn Nets franchise). Jay Z is known for doubling his dollars, legally, and illegally and somehow, his fans all love it.
But all the hustlers they love it just to see one of us make it.” —Dirt Off Your Shoulders, Jay-Z
Clique is quite the collaboration full of stars made for the youngest of rap fans to the oldest Hip-Hop heads around, and boasting something for each. Classic Jay-Z bars, cheerful, uplifting and familiar Big Sean vocals, and the traditional Kanye West name drops make for a very cool, super calm, and highly collected anthem.
Enjoy, and pump the bass on this one!