Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam
Released: September 4

The comparisons would be inevitable, but Detroit 2 isn’t the same album as Detroit. Big Sean is a totally different artist than the one who recorded the first edition, so why should we expect him to sound the same? Here, the beats are polished and epic in scope. Sean takes pride in his bars, and on this album, he sounds like someone wholly confident in their skillset. While this allows him to coast from time to time, it’s overall one of his best efforts, an engaging ode to his hometown and the people that shaped him. “Friday Night Cypher” is one of the album’s most thrilling moments, and it begs the question, who else but Sean could get all of Detroit’s biggest stars on the same track? The answer is nobody. —Will Schube