I Decided.

Big Sean - I Decided.
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Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #724 / 898
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Based on 482 ratings
2017 Ratings: #540
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

The Needle Drop

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


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.

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.
Big Sean never really rung a bell for me. His music can easily be categorized as frat bro and douche-rap. Not to mention that his lyrics are exactly the strongest attribute. There's only so many times I can hear Dance (A$$) at a party before I shove my head into my own. Long story short, I never really had a place in my playlist for his music, nor did I ever think I would. I Decided had two really massive singles, Bounce Back and Moves. I liked both of them fine, but it didn't exactly move his ... read more
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
it's the best big sean album, that ain't saying much
Not bad!
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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