What You Expect

Big Sean & Hit-Boy - What You Expect
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Based on 131 ratings
2021 Ratings: #790
Liked by 5 people
October 29, 2021 / Release Date
EP / Format
FF to Def, Def Jam / Label
Trap / Genres
Big Sean, Hit-Boy / Primary Artists
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The productions from Hit-Boy and his varying lineup of associates mostly signal looming threat, and switch up on occasion with easy hip-hop soul.

Hit-Boy got me to listen to 20 minutes of Big Sean without complaining, if that's not top-tier producer shit I don't know what is. Do Tyga next, show me how mid you can get and still come out decent!


Loyal To A Fault (ft. Bryson Tiller & Lil Durk)


Mostly useless lyrics, phenomenal rapper, big Sean is a treasure. Too bad he knows how good he raps because pretty much the only thing he knows how to talk about.


What You Expect, despite having Big Sean all over it, feels much more like a celebration of Hit-Boy’s production and beats than it does Sean’s lyrics or flow for tracks like Offense. That said, there are many tracks on this 20 minute EP that are quick, punishing, and remind you that while Big Sean can have boring moments here and there he can bring a good intensity to the table.

Chaos features some really high electronic sounding strings before the beat finally drops and Big Sean ... read more


Hit-Boy was on a roll this year. While he's no Nas, Big Sean still holds his own here. He matches the energy of tracks 1, 2 and 6, which have thunderous trap beats with enough of Hit-Boy's trademark flare to keep them from sounding too samey. 'The One' is where the album lives up to its name and cover art, smashing my expectations of a trap song. Unfortunately, from then on the trap beats sound generic, not helped by Lil Durk, Babyface Ray and 42 Dugg.

Favourite Tracks: Chaos, The One*


Big Sean & Hit-Boy's collab tape is actually pretty good.

Hit-Boy kills pretty much all the production on this album. As well, the short length of this project makes it pretty hard to get bored of Big Sean (pretty hard… not impossible)

Starting with “Chaos” the sharp and screechy violin sets the perfect vibe for this album. I think both verses of this song are excellent. The only thing that leaves a bit to be desired is the chorus as it’s probably the most ... read more

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Track List

  1. Chaos
  2. Into It
  3. The One
  4. Loyal To A Fault (ft. Bryson Tiller & Lil Durk)
  5. Offense (ft. Babyface Ray & 42 Dugg)
  6. What A Life
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Added on: October 28, 2021