11. Big Sean, Hall Of Fame
Release Date: TBA
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam
Big Sean has only had a brief career so far but he's constantly exceeded expectations. When he first came out he seemed like someone lucky enough to be blessed with a Kanye co-sign. But his Finally Famous mixtape series showcased his talent, build his fanbase, helped popularize the hashtag rap flow, and proved he was a real rapper. His debut album was better than most people expected even though it didn't make him a straight-up superstar.
But in 2012 after a series of killer verses on Cruel Summer and his well received Detroit mixtape people are finally starting to take him seriously. So now we're looking for Sean to drop smash hits and become a superstar. He's already promised the record will be "more inspirational and a more conceptually-driven." He's also hinted at appearances from Kanye West, Nas, Tyga, Common, Jhene Aiko, and even Eminem and production from West, No I.D., and frequent collaborator KeY Wane. With Hall Of Fame, it's time to show and prove.