20 of the Best Lyrics From Big Sean’s ‘I Decided.’ Album
After taking a year off to bask in the limelight and regroup, Big Sean has returned with his fourth studio album, I Decided., one of the most anticipated projects of 2017. Coming off the career-defining effort that was his 2015 album, Dark Sky Paradise, Big Sean looks to solidify his place in the upper echelon of rappers in the game on this outing and finalize his come up from underdog to superstar. Although one of the more low-key and reserved stars in mainstream rap today, Big Sean has plenty to talk about on I Decided., whether it be relationships, family, success and motivation, which are among the topics broached throughout the album's 14 tracks.
Addressing all of the gossip fodder and unanswered questions that he's been mum on over the past year, the Detroit rep appears to be more open and vulnerable than ever on the LP while giving listeners a glimpse of his past, present and what he sees in his future. Sean Don isn't one to revel in being a self-contained soloist, so he rounds up a couple of big names to ride shotgun on the sonic adventure that is I Decided. Jeremih, Eminem, Jhene Aiko, The-Dream, Migos, Starrah and the Flint Chozen Choir make standout appearances over production by the likes of Metro Boomin, DJ Mustard, Wondagurl, DJ Khalil, Detail and Key Wane.
Early favorites from the album include "No Favors," which finds Big Sean lyrically sparring with Eminem in a display of Motor City love, the melodic hit-in-the-making "Jump Out the Window" and "Sacrifices," but that's only a sampling of the enticing fare on this long player.
We took a deep dive into Sean Don's latest, sifted through the tracks and picked out 20 of the best lyrics on I Decided. Did your favorites make the cut?
"You know, take the fame, take the crib/Take our cars, now we gotta take the train/Hood niggas takin' chains, slave master take our names/5-0 take the shot, young souls take the blame/Man but they can't take away the light" - Big Sean
"Since I'm a son, I feel like I gotta stunt hard/I took the hand that they gave me and played the Donald Trump card/And realized counting money never feel as good as counting blessings/And a loaded mind is more dangerous than a loaded weapon" - Big Sean
"I cut that bitch off like an edit/My daddy a G, it's genetics/I heard ya new shit, it's pathetic/Ya contract should be shredded/Took my dogs on a private jet from the public housing/I kept it G, yeah, one thousand/Clique star-studded like the Paramount mountain"
"Nigga how dare you stand before me and not respect my authority/If you fuck with my glory, I'ma drop the L and get gory/I done did everything except worry/Hella drama, my life story/Faith of a mustard seed, I kept growing/I knew that this life was meant for me"
"Don, don, don, life, I do this for the crib/The D to Flint who get sick with lead/Others get the hit with the laugh/From where they need a handout/But they tell you put hands up/Only deals I have is from the Sam's Club" - Big Sean
"Now it's blue blood in my veins so you know where I came for/Born in a world going where they told me I can't go/In my lane, though, I'm in the same boat as Usain Bolt/Get ahead by any means so the head's what I aim for/When my grandma died, I realized I got an angel/Show me everything's a blessing depending on the angles" - Big Sean
"I'm basically 30, amazingly sturdy, zany and wordy/Brainy and nerdy, blatantly dirty/Insanely perverted, rapey and scurvy/They blame me for murdering Jamie Lee Curtis/Said I put her face in the furnace, beat her with a space heater/A piece of furniture, egg beater, thermos" - Eminem
"Call Shady number 81/Surely I'm turning into the Aaron Hernandez of rap/State of emergency, the planets having panic attacks/Brady's returning/Matter fact I may be deserving off a Pat on the back like a Patriots jersey" - Eminem
"It's that nigga that you probably least expected/I just had a couple dots that need connecting/Now your top five getting redirected/From here on out, it'll be consecutive/We making moves like Tarantino, like J.J. Abrams/Moving like Channing Tatum, moving like Jason Statham"
"I hit you back when I decide to/You got my tattoo, we was tribal/Then you left and we turned rivals
Now you back, it's our revival/They don't make you feel like I do/They didn't make you perform for me/You was my American Idol how you rocked the mic/Man, we went from long text, now they shorter than a haiku"
"I'm just trying to let the past pass/Ain't no future in that, yeah/I stay 100 like my dash, yeah/Have you cummin' faster than The Flash, yeah/Is it all mine, all mine? You know me, I had to ask/Can I hit it like I crash? Sipping pinot by the glass"
"Heaven on earth, every night is paradise/I pray I didn't die or overdose, never that/I kept it a hundred, never change, not even for five 20s/Still smokin' that 520 like it's 420/On a quest for more money, more hungry/Just got my fortune read, she said it's more comin'/Yeah I got the force but never force nothin'"
"Do it for the love, I'm Forrest Gumpin'/In my city I'm Warren Buffett, I mean business, the shirt is tucked in/The gun's tungsten, fuck it, I'm who not to fuck with/Who the bad bitches gon' fuck with and lames just don't fuck with"
"I'm hangin' halfway off the balcony/Overthinkin' 'cause my job is way more than a salary/Everything around me gold like I just practiced alchemy/I realized when it comes to girls that chemistry means way more than anatomy/She mad at me, she been mad at me"
"Bullet to the head might be the way to free it/If I leave my body I can free the spirits/Swear to God my death of fear just keep on shrinking/Wishing I could go back to the nineties back when I was dreaming/Me and my dog was on a mission like we Kel and Kenan/Early 2000s Detroit might as well been the hell with demons"
"This feel like the family dinners that we used to have on Sunday/With Grandma in the kitchen making rum cake/Or this spread she used to do for Thanksgiving, man/This feels like the first time I heard Killa Cam/Pink Tim's, in the Lamb/Mixing it in with Dilla and/Headphones to the ceiling fan/Bucket hat like Gilligan" - Big Sean
"I know I got problems communicating/I probably should've went to school and got that degree in communications/I should be with you on vacation/I should take you where you should be taken/Asia, Africa, Dubai, anything you want, I do buy/Just want you to know I do try"
"I done sacrificed the thug life/Diamonds shining ain't no dull life/Drop my top to get my mind right
Pull up in the 'Rari, loud pipes/Bitch I'm the don, my wrist a hundon/Ooh yeah Gucci python ooh yeah/She play with her tongue/Yeah, I bought that bitch a new charm" - Offset
"All I hear is sirens and car alarms/Niggas going to war with no armor on/First time I seen a dead body I was 14/And I felt the pressure/Like if I don't get it, might end up next to him/I'ma take the dice and I'ma roll a seven" - Big Sean
"I seen people in the same place 10 years later, man that shit pathetic/God talking to me telepathic like it only happen if you let it/I can't spend my whole life looking at the same ceiling fan/When I feel like I ain't got no ceilings man/If I ain't special why I feel it then?" - Big Sean