Between his stellar Drake/Kanye West collab “Blessings” and his strong showing on Meek Mill’s “B Boy,” it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Big Sean is becoming a rapper worth checking for, something I wouldn’t have imagined a year ago. Sean’s new album Dark Sky Paradise comes out next week, and a pair of new tracks, “One Man Can Change The World” and “Win Some, Lose Some,” hit the internet overnight. “One Man Can Change The World” unites Sean, once again, with his mentor and label boss Kanye West and with fellow G.O.O.D. Music fixture John Legend, both of whom sing on the chorus. (Kanye doesn’t rap this time.) It’s a soft song, a you-can-achieve-anything piano lament that succeeds to an extent because of some driven rapping and sharp writing from Sean. He’s now become someone who can partially save an otherwise-leaden song. Nice work, Sean! The other new one is “Win Some, Lose Some,” and it’s a moody, vaguely gothy number about the struggles of being a famous rapper. The R&B singer Jhené Aiko handles the airy hook. Listen to both tracks below.
Dark Sky Paradise is out 2/24 on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam.