The Hall of Fame was supposed to be really good, i mean this album was coming from the same artist that made Finally Famous, came up with the idea for the "Clique" on the G.O.O.D Music compilation album "Cruel Summer" and featured amazing artists like Nas , Common, 2 Chainz , Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Juicy J , Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Miguel and Young Jeezy. But from start to finish it was disappointing to appalling terrible, almost everything was off from his choice of beats to the choruses on some his songs (Note to Sean Anderson, stop singing any of your choruses).
The album starts of with Nothing is stopping you which wasn't good in the least bit (forgivable considering most album's first songs seldom sound great), Fire made up for the lacklustre start. 10 2 10 sounds better on second listen and clearly points out why Big Sean shouldn't sing any of his choruses. From this point onwards the album takes a plunge into mediocrity, Toyota Music was down right depressing.
You don't know is a song that could have been better if it wasn't let down by the beat and Big Sean limited subject matter. Big Sean collaboration with Jhené Aiko and Lil Wayne on Beware was just OK. First Chain had Nas & Kid Cudi but those guys couldn't save this song, and the next track Mona Lisa was even worse. M.I.L.F has Big Sean trying to recreate the feel that Dance had with Nicki Minaj but it kinda fell short, Juicy J southern flow was bright spot for me at least it was entertaining. Time kind of felt like it was produced from the leftover from Beware , but on the bright note it featured Young Jeezy and Payroll, if I could cut off Big Sean's verse this song would have been really dope. Skipping to the Miguel assisted Ashley, Miguel's voice is just something else, sees Big Sean reminiscing about an old flame. When you feature 2 Chainz and Meek Mill on a track and it bombs, nah that's unheard of, Mula (remix) just offers mindless amusement, neither 2 Chainz or meek mill was on their best here, however the chorus subject might just save this song. I Loved the beat to Switch Up and that's it.
This album was disappointing to me I it kinda treaded the middle ground it wasn't close to as lyrically outstanding as the Kendrick Lamars, J. Cole, Jay-Z, Wale or even Kanye West latest efforts (or even try) it wasn't half as entertaining as Juicy J's Stay Trippy album.
Overall the album was a complete letdown.
If asked to rate this album I would rate it 2 out 5
Notable Songs on this album that really stood out would be: Fire, Beware, It's Time, Mula (remix), Switch Up, maybe Guap. This is not to say these songs were really good, It's more like being the best player in a really terrible team.
Album Cover art courtesy: Wikimedia