Big Sean's third LP Dark Side Paradise was a smash, and this just-released making-of documentary gives a look at the album as it was being moulded. The restrained, fly-on-the-wall direction from Zeno Jones is perfect for such an intimate perspective on studio life: witness Sean's excitement upon hearing Mike WiLL Made It's "Paradise" beat for the first time, and his attempts to find a flow that fits. Moments like this make the film one of the more insightful bits of promo in recent memory. Cameos abound, like Travi$ Scott (who says "You are the best rapper, I cannot stress that enough"), DJ Khaled, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Puff Daddy and Sean's mother in an especially heartwarming moment.
June 13, 2015