Double or Nothing (Big Sean and Metro Boomin album)

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Double or Nothing
Double or Nothing cover.jpg
Studio album by Big Sean and Metro Boomin
Released December 8, 2017
Recorded 2017
Genre
Length 41:28
Label
Producer
Big Sean chronology
I Decided
(2017)
Double or Nothing
(2017)
Metro Boomin chronology
Without Warning
(2017)
Double or Nothing
(2017)
Singles from Double or Nothing
  1. "Pull Up N Wreck"
    Released: November 3, 2017
  2. "So Good"
    Released: February 13, 2018[1]

Double or Nothing is a collaborative studio album by American rapper Big Sean and record producer Metro Boomin. The album was released on December 8, 2017, by GOOD Music, Boominati Worldwide, Def Jam Recordings, Republic Records and Universal Music Group.[2] It features guest appearances from Travis Scott, 21 Savage, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Kash Doll and Swae Lee. The album's production was handled primarily by Metro Boomin, alongside Earlly Mac, Pi'erre Bourne and Southside.

The album was supported by two singles: "Pull Up N Wreck" featuring 21 Savage and "So Good" featuring Kash Doll.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Billboard published on December 1, 2017, Big Sean announced the collaborative album.[3][4] The two previously worked on Sean's previous studio album, I Decided (2017), on the single "Bounce Back" and album tracks "Sacrifices" and "Voices in My Head / Stick to the Plan". The album art and release date was announced on December 6, 2017,[5][6] while the track listing was announced via social media the following day, the day before release.[7]

The intro song, "Go Legend" featuring Travis Scott, was previewed by Sean at Lollapalooza 2017 in Chicago. The song originally was thought to have Offset as an additional feature but did not make the studio version of the song.

Songs from the album were previewed by American athlete LeBron James via Instagram the day before release.[8]

Singles[edit]

The lead single, "Pull Up N Wreck" featuring 21 Savage, was released on November 3, 2017 for streaming and digital download.[9] "So Good" featuring Kash Doll, was sent to rhythmic radio on February 13, 2018 as the album's second single.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic54/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX2.6/5[11]
HotNewHipHop74%[12]
Pitchfork5.4/10[13]
Sputnikmusic2.7/5[14]
The 4055.5/10[15]

Double or Nothing received mixed reviews from critics upon release, with a general criticism of the collaborative pairing. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 54, based on 4 reviews.[10] Claire Lobenfeld of Pitchfork criticised the album's lyricism, stating that "Though fun and at times politically salient, even Metro Boomin cannot rescue Big Sean from his habit of writing the absolute corniest lyrics imaginable."[13] Chase McMullen of The 405 commented that "There's no denying Big Sean has had more staying power in hip hop than some might have expected, but for Metro Boomin, who's largely been wise in choosing fresh faces on equal creative footing for his full length projects, Double or Nothing is a dull misstep."[15] In another mixed review, Trent Clark of HipHopDX concluded: "While the essential purpose of the album is never specified, Sean spends a ridiculous amount of time skeeting on tracks with no filter on the filler."[11]

Online music publication Sputnikmusic stated Double or Nothing is "ostensibly 10 bangers processed through Metro’s lean, gothic synths and Sean’s plain-spoken statements of wealth and general overconfidence. It’s boring stuff."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Double or Nothing debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with 50,000 album-equivalent units, of which 10,000 were pure album sales in its first week of release.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

Double or Nothing[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Go Legend" (featuring Travis Scott)Metro Boomin4:28
2."Big Bidness" (featuring 2 Chainz)
Metro Boomin4:33
3."Who's Stopping Me"
3:33
4."Pull Up N Wreck" (featuring 21 Savage)
3:47
5."So Good" (featuring Kash Doll)
  • Anderson
  • Wayne
  • Arkeisha Knight
Metro Boomin4:28
6."Savage Time"
  • Anderson
  • Wayne
  • Christopher Elliot
  • Webster
  • Metro Boomin
5:35
7."Even the Odds" (featuring Young Thug)
Metro Boomin3:46
8."In Tune"
  • Anderson
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin4:15
9."Reason" (featuring Swae Lee)
3:18
10."No Hearts, No Love"
Metro Boomin3:45
Total length:41:28

Notes

  • "Savage Time" features additional vocals from Travis Scott
  • "Even the Odds" features additional vocals from Gucci Mane

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 106
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 199
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 15
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 43
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 164
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[23] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 96
US Billboard 200[27] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[28] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top 40/R Future Releases - Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates". All Access. January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Double Or Nothing by Big Sean & Metro Boomin". Apple Music. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Big Sean & Metro Boomin Detail Surprise Joint LP 'Double or Nothing': 'It's About What You're Bringing to the Table'". Billboard. December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Big Sean and Metro Boomin to Drop Joint Album 'Double or Nothing'". XXL. December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Big Sean and Metro Boomin Share 'Double or Nothing' Release Date". XXL. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Big Sean & Metro Boomin Announce Release Date for Joint Project 'Double or Nothing'". Billboard. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Big Sean and Metro Boomin Share 'Double or Nothing' Tracklist". XXL. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "LeBron James Previews Big Sean & Metro Boomin's 'Double or Nothing' Album on Instagram". Billboard. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pull Up N Wreck (feat. 21 Savage) – Single by Big Sean on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Double or Nothing by Big Sean – Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Clark, Trent (December 8, 2017). "Review: Big Sean & Metro Boomin's "Double Or Nothing" Takes An L Without Bouncin' Back". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Robles, Julian (December 12, 2017). "Big Sean and Metro Boomin "Double or Nothing" Review". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Lobenfeld, Claire (December 13, 2017). "Big Sean / Metro Boomin: Double or Nothing Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Review: Big Sean and Metro Boomin – Double or Nothing". Sputnikmusic. December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  15. ^ a b McMullen, Chase (December 15, 2017). "Review: Metro Boomin squanders his good will on a clumsy Big Sean effort". The 405. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Anderson, Trevor (December 12, 2017). "Quality Control Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart; Big Sean & Metro Boomin Debut at No. 2". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
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  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Big Sean & Metro Boomin – Double or Nothing" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  22. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 50, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  23. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  24. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 50, 2017". VG-lista. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  26. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  27. ^ Caulfield, Keith (December 18, 2017). "Luke Bryan Lands Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'What Makes You Country'". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  28. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: December 30, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.