Released: Feb. 16, 2015
Drake is a frequently corny rapper whose reputation is emotional honesty and depth. Big Sean is a frequently introspective and compassionate rapper whose reputation is straight corniness. I'll be damned if I ever make sense of this divergence, other than to say that in 2015, Big Sean makes better Drake albums than Drake does—which, I suppose, is why Drake has now resorted to carbon-copying hit records of his that already exist.
Dark Sky Paradise's whole marketing pose is Jaded and Foreboding a la Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late, but Sean's "One Man Can Change the World" is the mightier pathos, a misty synthesis of Kendrick's "i" and Kanye's "Only One." In two bars, Sean/Kanye/Legend's hook synthesizes all the wisdom that at 17-year-old could ever need to hear: "I hope you learn to make it on your own/And if you love yourself, just know you'll never be alone." No drums, but it's heavy.