I Decided.
Big Sean - I Decided.
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Rank: #526 / 623
User Score
Based on 141 ratings
February 3, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
uknowbigsean.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

I Decided doesn’t push boundaries — instead, it’s a skilled synthesis of the many strains of rap currently flourishing, from nods to Drake and Future to the Chance-tinged gospel of “Bigger Than Me.” But that means it’s a supremely listenable album, loaded with comfort-food hip-hop fit for booming club sound systems and earbuds on the subway alike.

82
HipHopDX

If naysayers didn’t necessarily find themselves appreciative of Big Sean’s work after Dark Sky Paradise, this definitely isn’t going to get them on board now. However, he does maintain his ability to probably make better widespread songs than his peers that can travel from the club or radio to core rap heads.

80
XXL

I Decided. may be more sentimental than boisterous, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without the prototypical club bangers that we’ve come to know Big Sean for.

72
GIGsoup

It's an album that has a handful of memorable tracks, a nice variation in production techniques and signs of obvious lyrical improvement from the 28-year-old emcee.

70
AllMusic

While I Decided. may not light up the club like his past efforts, it shines a different, more nurturing light onto deeper parts of his soul.

70
Exclaim!

Big Sean exhibits growth and wisdom on I DECIDED., and that's definitely worth a listen. This is a solid effort.

70
Clash

While it's undoubtedly a solid addition to Sean's catalogue, at the end of 'I Decided.' it's the flows and instrumentals that are left with the listener, having upstaged what Sean is actually trying to say.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Classic, mom-approved values have always been at the core of his work: hard work, sacrifice, persistence, gratitude ... in rapping about such unassailable ideas, he comes away with uninteresting results.

67
Consequence of Sound

His fourth record treads the same moody path he blazed on 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise, and moves further away from his earliest work. The Detroit rapper trades in puerile punchlines for harder-hitting lyrics and powerhouse beats to bolster him. Sean’s sense of humor and hooky raps aren’t absent from these tracks, but he’s clearly maturing into a more serious artist.

63
Pitchfork

I Decided. attempts to bury that mean streak, and present the 28-year-old in a mature light. In short: It doesn’t work.

60
Rolling Stone

Big Sean is still finding himself. On I Decided, a mostly searing collection of introspective rhymes and light trap beats, he comes one step closer to a more self-assured sense of his space in the pantheon of today's most powerful and famous rappers.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

He is not a bad rapper, simply an average evangelist, and I Decided. is the latest chapter in his average brand of hero-worshiping gospel.

60
The Needle Drop

With I Decided, Big Sean releases an album that gives me more to say than just "no."

40
PopMatters

One listen to I Decided. (unnecessary punctuation mark and all) suggests that he’s still in that liminal space between just famous and cool-famous.

Feb 16, 2017
EMR
40
One of the most unessential hip-hop stars of late, Big Sean is back after a trainwreck of an effort on Dark Sky Paradise, and, even when we feel like he's actually trying to do something a bit larger in scale, it just feels like there is so much for him to do before we might call him an interesting character in the current hip-hop scene. Let's face it, the tentatively cinematic, pseudo-conceptual structure of I Decided. just feels so empty and uninteresting it is difficult to see the album as ... read more
Feb 4, 2017*
Vezu
84
Best Big Sean album up to date. Great production, confident and a cohesive record.
P.S. It's okay to like something that is not critically acclaimed.
Feb 4, 2017
steve1993
77
Best tracks: No Favors, Bounce Back, Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan, Sunday Morning Jetpack, Sacrifices & Halfway Off The Balcony

This is the best Big Sean record.
Feb 3, 2017
BuffaloStaple
48
it's the best big sean album, that ain't saying much
Feb 3, 2017
73
All around good songs, we get the vibe of Big Sean's realization that he's underrated by the hip-hop community, but he never acts on it in the album and never tries to go a step further. In songs like Halfway off the Balcony, Light (ft. Jeremiah) and Same Time (ft. Twenty88), we get that Big Sean-esque course of the song, but no beats to go crazy over or become stuck in your head. In Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean did exactly that with Paradise and Deep. The standout song in the album has to be ... read more
MISC LISTS
#30/Complex (First Half)
Track List
  1. Intro
  2. Light (feat. Jeremih)
  3. Bounce Back
  4. No Favors (feat. Eminem)
  5. Jump Out the Window
  6. Moves
  7. Same Time, Pt. 1 (feat. TWENTY88)
  8. Owe Me
  9. Halfway Off the Balcony
  10. Voices In My Head / Stick To the Plan
  11. Sunday Morning Jetpack (feat. The-Dream)
  12. Inspire Me
  13. Sacrifices (feat. Migos)
  14. Bigger Than Me (feat. The Flint Chozen Choir & Starrah)
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Added on: December 23, 2016