Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” Review (GB&U Music Review)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Music Reviews

Dark Sky Paradise – Big Sean (2015)

Welcome to the review of Big Sean’s most recent release “Dark Sky Paradise”. So let’s begin exploring the good, the bad and the ugly from this album shall we.

The Good

Big Sean is HUNGRY on this album. Get this man a buffet! You can tell from the first song “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” that he has something to prove this album. His lines are still as clever as always. I feel like he has matured a lot on this album and songs like “Win Some, Lose Some” prove that. This album is very deep and introspective with a balance of fun songs like “I Don’t Fuck with You”. This balance of substance and play is something I find is lacking in most mainstream hip hop. Not to mention even the bonus tracks sound album worthy but any way onto..

The Bad

Who keeps telling Big Sean he can sing his own hooks? His “singing” sounds like monotone crooning on most songs, sometimes it works but on song like “I Know” he should leave it his guest feature Jhene Aiko. Seriously though.

The Ugly

I think the main thing that brings the album down on the whole are the features. I feel like most of the features fall flat or don’t bring much to the song and are forgettable especially when compared to Big Sean’s energy. The singers do a great job on hooks though (except for Chris Brown on “Play No Games” something about it just didn’t mesh with my ears). For instance, E-40 on “I Don’t Fuck with You” I can’t remember a line from his verse. Lil Wayne on “Deep” sounded like a computer trying to rap because when he started speed up his flow the auto tune took over his vocals killing clarity. Then don’t get me started on Kanye’s lack luster verse on “All your fault” (Though that last verse where they switch back and forth is dope.)


Would I recommend this album? Yes

Who would I recommend this album to: Those needing some motivation or something to get hyped up for the rest of the day.

Favorite Song: Win Some, Lose Some

Least Favorite Song: Deep


Next week’s review: Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece”

Happy Birthday Audio SeXXX!!!

Today is Audio SeXXX’s 2nd birthday!!! whooooo!!! 2 years, 500+ posts later here we are. Thanks for your continued support. I really appreciate it it’s what keeps me going.

Later today (8am EST) I’m going to post my “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly music review” for Big Sean’s recent album “Dark Sky Paradise” Stay tuned for that and the upcoming reviews for Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson and Kendrick Lamar’s recent albums over the next couple weeks.

Weekly Update (3/23/2015) – Let’s Play with James and 7 days!

So I posted my first let’s play on the internet last night. I’m going to call the series “Let’s Play with James”. I’m doing these let’s play not only for fun but I’m fundraising for Extra Life 2015. A campaign in which gamers raise money from now till November for local children’s hospital. The Hospital I sponsor is Dayton Children’s Medical Center. If you’d like to support my campaign. follow this link.

Also don’t forget that my poetry book “Yesterday Tomorrow” is releasing next Monday! I’m excited for the launch party and sharing my work with you. If you haven’t heard of the book below is the trailer.

Weekly Update (3/17/2015) – Winter Training, Extra Life & Chess

It’s been a while, but I only disappeared because I’ve been using the winter to prepare for the Spring/Summer Season. Now that the weather is better I want to get into volunteering. I’ve also been working on creating more educational videos and learning editing techniques to makes series like Word Origins more crisp, but I still have a ways to go before I feel it’s up to my standard.

Also I’m participating in Extra Life 2015! it’s a where throughout the year we raise money for our local children’s hospital then mid November we games for 24 hours straight!!! In honor or that starting mid April I will be uploading Let’s Play videos on my youtube channel to bring awareness to the cause. I will also be hosting an online chess tournament this April for Extra Life as Well so Stay tuned for that.

My Extra Life Profile is here if you wish to donate

Want to Review Yesterday’s Tomorrow?

Hey guys! I was wondering if any of you would like to review my poetry book “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” for FREE, in order to help me get an idea of how people will receive the content as well as help other people know if the book is for them. Here’s a link to download a sampler to see if you would like to review it in its entirety. (sampler comes with 5 poems in PDF and 3 tracks from the soundtrack) If you do wish you to review it email me at and I’ll send you a PDF of the full book. Thank for your help. I appreciate it!

Here’s the book trailer :)