My Last

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"My Last"
Single by Big Sean featuring Chris Brown
from the album Finally Famous
Released March 1, 2011[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length

4:14

5:19 (extended version)
Label GOOD Music, Def Jam
Writer(s) Sean Anderson, Chris Brown, Dion Wilson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) No I.D.
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Big Sean singles chronology
"What Yo Name Iz? (Remix)"
(2011)
"My Last"
(2011)
"Marvin & Chardonnay"
(2011)
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Champion"
(2011)
"My Last"
(2011)
"One Night Stand"
(2011)

"My Last" is the first single by American rapper Big Sean from his debut album Finally Famous. The song features R&B singer Chris Brown. The song is produced by No I.D..[2]

Background[edit]

Originally, Sean performed both the verses and the chorus but after Brown turned up at one of Sean's shows, the pair connected and Brown suggested the two work together on a song which resulted in Brown singing the chorus.[3] Brown has also done a freestyle over the track. The extended version of the track features Chris Brown's freestyle verse leading the song to 5min19seconds.

Production[edit]

The songs instrumental was described by Rap-Up as a "bouncy piano-laced beat".[4] DJBooth.net described the beat as "soft keyboard chords that transition well into the hook where a low bass and snare set the pace for Sean's first verse."[5] Sean revealed he originally rejected the beat but gave it a chance after pressurings by the song's producer No I.D.. The song's melody is sampled from the 1988 New Edition hit "Can You Stand the Rain".[6]

Theme[edit]

Sean described the song as a "real great party song."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in West Hollywood, California on March 18, 2011.[3] The music video is directed by TAJ Stansberry and features cameos by former GOOD Music artist Kid Cudi and current GOOD Music artist Teyana Taylor.[7] It debuted on VEVO on March 24, 2011.[8] The video of the extended version compiles the regular version of the video and Chris Brown's video of the freestyle.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception of the song has been mostly positive with praise going to the chorus and Sean's verses. Chicago Now described the song as featuring a memorable chorus, memorable verses, and a universal theme praising Big Sean's verses.[2] DJBooth.net also praised Sean's lyrical abilities.[5]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Last - Big Sean". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Jayson (2011-03-10). "Big Sean Talks Tapping 'Homey' Chris Brown For 'My Last' Single - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ "New Music: Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – ‘My Last’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ a b Big Sean Follow @BigSean   (2011-02-14). "Big Sean ft. Chris Brown - My Last Music Video | Listen". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Big Sean Talks "My Last," His Relationship With No I.D., and Feeling Abandoned". Complex. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Behind the Video: Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – ‘My Last’". Rap-Up.com. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Big Sean - My Last ft. Chris Brown". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Big Sean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Big Sean.
  10. ^ "Big Sean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Big Sean.
  11. ^ "Big Sean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Big Sean.
  12. ^ "Big Sean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Big Sean.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Big Sean – My Last". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 

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