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Big Sean

Finally Famous

G.O.O.D. Music/Island Def Jam
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June 28, 2011

Big Sean declares himself "prom king" on his debut, but the Detroit MC sounds more like a talented class clown. After freestyling for Kanye West, Sean scored a deal with Ye's G.O.O.D. Music, and the sharp wit and relaxed, in-the-pocket delivery that caught West's attention are still his strong points: "They sayin' 'sky's the limit.' How Bitch? I'm moonwalkin'," he quips on "Memories (Part II)." Though lazy at times — getting noted weed enthusiast Wiz Khalifa for "High" feels kind of obvious — Finally Famous is a choice summertime rap rec­ord, complete with bright, breezy synth beats and cameos from Chris Brown and Mr. West himself. Prom King or not, Sean's clearly the life of the party.

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