Just like the most clutch players in the NBA and NFL, in 2014, Big Sean knew the importance of the "4th Quarter" and set out to prove that he had more than enough game to compete. Compete is exactly what Sean Don did in September when he released four brand new songs just a day after he announced that he was moving to Roc Nation management. Among those four tracks was his "4th Quarter" freestyle, which was a sequel to Sean's "1st Quarter" that both featured explosive production from his longtime producer, Key Wane.
Though Sean snapped on the entire five-minute record, the second verse is easily one of the best of the year, as Sean rattled off line after line, and sequence after sequence for nearly four minutes while also displaying a number of dynamic flow changes throughout. Sean wasn't shy about airing his own laundry on the track either, with lines about his past relationship with Naya Rivera, such as, "Sometimes to win the war, man, you got to lose the battle, but if I lose a girl just know my next one gonna be badder." Sean kept the personal raps going on the track, as he touched on dealing with a friend's depression while also bringing up the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., rapping that the same thing could have happened to him growing up in the Midwest. So yes, even though Sean didn't release an album this year, there is no question that he controlled the 4th quarter. —Zach Frydenlund