Loyal To A Fault (feat. Bryson Tiller & Lil Durk)
Offense (feat. Babyface Ray & 42 Dugg)
What A Life
In the legend that is Big Sean’s origin story, the Detroit-hailing MC first got the attention of G.O.O.D. Music label boss Kanye West by ambushing West at a radio appearance and delivering a freestyle so vicious—over the course of West’s walk from the station’s entrance to his car—that Ye was forced to sign him. This movie-script-perfect fantasy of impressing the one person most likely to change your life aside, Big Sean has for the entirety of his career taken great pride in his bars, and What You Expect, Sean’s 2021 collaborative project with Fontana, California-based producer Hit-Boy, is no exception.
Rapping is the centerpiece here, Sean out to prove that cleverness trumps all, and he’s never in short supply. “Bitch, I ain't forcing it/Holiday season I'm covered in ornaments/This ain't a tour, this a tournament/If I was stuck in a room with your shit on repeat, then that shit would be torturous,” he raps on the aptly titled “Chaos.” It’s a quick six-song set with features from Bryson Tiller and Lil Durk (“Loyal to a Fault”) and Detroit connection Babyface Ray and 42 Dugg (“Offense”), but that’s more than enough time for Sean to remind us that he always has rapped to impress—and always will.