Label: MMG/Def Jam
Producer: Kanye West, Mike Dean, and DJ Mustard
From a Rick Ross album that's otherwise understated and, just a few months after its release, unremarkable, "Sanctified" is unlikely, immense, and the most effective deployment of Big Sean since Meek Mill's "Burn" in 2012. The sixty-second gospel intro alone got veteran soul singer Betty Wright a 2,300-word salute from the New Yorker. In yet another year of sweaty turn-up anthems and hella faded odes, "Santified" is a cool, sobering sip: "That's that holy water! Sanctified refreshments!"
While hardly their strongest verses of even the past couple years, Ross, Kanye, and Sean all come correct with the quotables here, from Sean's opening mantra to Kanye's aggressive confessional to post-sex grilled cheese. The song's weary gospel build-up makes way for the minimal, rarefied ecstasy of that spaceship hangover melody. An arena confession I need to be shouting at the livest of live shows by year's end: "All I wanted was a hundred million dollars and a bad bitch!" Verdict: We need another Yeezus. —Justin Charity