With Help From Eminem & Royce, Big Sean’s New Album Is Still Detroit Vs. Everybody
Last Friday (September 4), Big Sean released his fifth album, Detroit 2. One day before the eighth birthday of his 2012 mixtape that launched the series, the G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records LP is another ensemble affair. Like the freebie, Royce 5’9″ offers some big-brother-support from Detroit. Meanwhile, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Nipsey Hussle, Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone, and girlfriend Jhene Aiko are among the guests.
One song, “Friday Night Cypher,” aligns Sean with a whos-who of Detroit, including the Bad Meets Evil duo, Griselda addition Boldy James, Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll, Cash Kidd, 42 Dugg, Doughboyz Cashout member Payroll Giovanni, Sada Baby, and Drego. Like Royce, Sean has been working to bridge together different generations and styles from the Motor City.. This posse cut, produced by Key Wane, Hit-Boy, Helluva, and John Jay Henry (with multiple beats), does just that, including a prominent Clipse sample.
Next week, Sean will compete for his third consecutive chart-topping album, and Def Jam’s first Hip-Hop album in 2020 to reach #1. Detroit 2 also includes interludes from Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, and Stevie Wonder.
Here Is What Else Is Happening Of Note:
Beyoncé and her BeyGOOD Fund have donated $1 million to the NAACP’s Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. This seven-figure contribution is part of a second round of funding and led off the superstar’s 39th birthday weekend. (HipHopDX)
Cordae confirms with his new name-change that he is no longer part of the YBN crew. One of the dominating new voices of 2019 has amicably parted ways with YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay, and others. Confirming the amendment to his name, the MC recently released “Gifted” alongside Atlantic Records label-mate Roddy Ricch. (Tidal)
The daughter of former Three 6 Mafia member Crunchy Black was fatally shot on August 28. On September 1, Memphis police apprehended 31-year-old Lamont Murry and charged him with the first-degree murder of Ashley Richardson. She and an unidentified man were found dead in a Southeastern Memphis hotel room. Crunchy was part of Three 6 during the group’s meteoric rise, between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, including the Oscar win. He has remained actively recording. (ABC 24)
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