Big Sean Tops the Charts with “Detroit 2”

Big Seans sequel to Detroit, Detroit 2, hit streaming services on Sept. 4, 2020.

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Big Sean’s sequel to “Detroit”, “Detroit 2,” hit streaming services on Sept. 4, 2020.

Nick Holt, Editor-in-Chief

Released on Sept. 4, 2020, Detroit 2, by Big Sean, hit the scene decorated with features from big names.  The sequel to Big Sean’s fourth studio album, Detroit debuted at No.1  on Billboard’s 200, jumping the late Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD’s most recent works.

A rather long album with 21 songs, it provides plenty of opportunity for Big Sean to capitalize, but fail at the same time.  Detroit 2 could’ve easily gotten the same treatment Drake got when he released Scorpion, with fans screaming quality over quantity.  Though, Sean seemed to have hit the bullseye with this one.

A good balance of solo records and features, Big Sean showcases his talents and versatility throughout the entire album.  With features from Post Malone, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, and more, Sean doesn’t miss.  Especially on “Wolves,” where Sean and Post Malone complement each other perfectly, creating a recipe for a hit, though Big Sean also displays he could do it by himself with tracks such as  “Harder Than My Demons” and “Lucky Me.” 

One thing Sean does exceptionally well on Detroit 2 are the small little interludes where he shares stories from his friends, such as Dave Chappelle.  It’s something that’s extremely exotic, and different, an awesome cut in the middle of the album for Chappelle to tell a story about his interaction and relationship with the city of Detroit and Big Sean’s dad.  

It had been three years since Sean last released an album, his collaboration with album with Metro Boomin on production. Regardless of the multiple year gap, Big Sean hasn’t missed a step.  Detroit 2 really flexes Big Sean’s muscles, with consistent solid music throughout the entire 71 minutes of music, something that some artists don’t have the talents to do.

Big Sean aced Detroit 2.  He has received love from the game and from fans and it’s pretty evident why.  From banger features, Sean isolated on a track, or excellent interludes, Big Sean is a real musical genius.  A true veteran of the game.