Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2015 Ratings: #244 / 771
User Score
Based on 207 ratings
2015 Ratings: #473
February 24, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop, Pop Rap / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Add
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
uknowbigsean.com / Website
Tags
Your Review
Sign In to rate and review

CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

A spirited combination of grown-man statement-making and round-the-way bull.

80
HipHopDX

With Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean is prepared to leave his mark.

80
Complex

Occasionally clumsy but wonderfully plainspoken, and impassioned when he wants to be, Sean has advanced (if not graduated) from the tepid mythmaking of Hall of Fame. Here he’s dynamic, and a pretty good rapper. No fronting.

80
XXL

If Hall Of Fame finally closed the book on his Finally Famous chapter, Dark Sky Paradise marks his biggest step yet in turning that mainstream fame into widespread critical praise.

80
AllMusic

Artistically, three is the charm for Big Sean as Dark Sky Paradise is much more expansive than previous efforts, sometimes grinding with executive producer Kanye West's love of the dark, and other times bouncing with the snark, swagger, and style that propelled this Detroit rapper to the top.

80
Billboard

With sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.

75
Consequence of Sound
His improved rapping aside, the album’s excellent, cohesive production is a reminder that there’s something to be said for beat selection.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

Pretty much everyone who shows up to Dark Sky Paradise brings their A-game, and that includes Sean himself.

71
Pitchfork

Paradise is a big leap in the direction of the ideal Big Sean full-length. Whether he will ever make it there is certainly an open question, but in the meantime the smirkiest rapper in the business finally has an album that justifies all that self-satisfaction.

70
Exclaim!

Big Sean has reached a personal high by finding his Dark Sky Paradise, and it's his honesty that takes listeners there with him.

60
Rolling Stone
Big Sean is G.O.O.D. Music "trying to make 'fetch' happen" — keep supporting this guy, and maybe eventually he'll turn into a great artist. His third and best record isn't that moment yet, but he's one step closer.
60
Spin
As a no-strings-attached Kanye, he's unlovable, but even with the above evidence he's hard to hate either.
snarekickblues
46
No no no no no no. No no no no no no no no no no no no, no no no no no no no no no no. No? No no. No no no no? .....no, no no. No no no no, no no no no!

Memethony RIPcaltano
BradTasteMusic
62
This album starts surprisingly strong. Coming back to this, there are some great songs in the first half. The issue came with the nosedive it takes in song quality in the second half.
exception
21
perhaps one of the worst voices in todays hip hop
nnxsgny
35
This thing is trash, besides the banger that is Paradise. Just cheesy bars on top of basic production. This dude is trying to be deep but when you have nothing important to say it works better for everybody if you make hits like Dance(Ass) for the rest of your career. This thing ain't changing anybody's life, even though it tries to.
luna128
30
no (x126)
Purchasing Dark Sky Paradise from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Stashed
#6/Complex
#11/Idolator
#15/Billboard
#22/Variance
/HipHopDX
/XXL

Track List

  1. Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)
  2. Blessings [feat. Drake]
  3. All Your Fault [feat. Kanye West] 
  4. I Don't Fuck With You [feat. E-40]
  5. Play No Games [feat. Chris Brown]
  6. Paradise (Extended)
  7. Win Some, Lose Some 
  8. Stay Down
  9. I Know [feat. Jhené Aiko]
  10. Deep [feat. Lil Wayne]
  11. One Man Can Change The World [feat. John Legend]
  12. Outro 
  13. Deserve It [Feat. Partynextdoor]
  14. Research [feat. Ariana Grande]
  15. Platinum And Wood
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
In Library (20)
Lhuoum
playboiflacko00
Trigga
cargoculte
Saucelord777
dzrey
AndryX7
Pamford45
kmev17
kabelma


Added on: January 31, 2015