Big Sean - What A Year (f. Pharrell, Detail)

Few people have had the kind of year that Big Sean did.

The G.O.O.D. Musician from Detroit dropped his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, back in February. Dark Sky was not only one of the most lauded releases of 2015 – hitting #1 on the Billboard charts – but it’s also arguably Sean’s best album to date. The only low point for Sean Michael Anderson? When his hard drive got stolen.

That hasn’t stopped the rapper from celebrating his blessings, however. And with New Year’s Eve officially on deck on the East Coast, Big Sean opted to end 2015 on a triumphant note by way of a new loosie, “What A Year.”

Over a bouncy, two-step-worthy instrumental produced by Bobby Johnson, Frank Dukes, Maneesh, Detail & Amaire Johnson, Big Sean shouts out his good year and promises more to come in 2016 (“I’m tryna make next year the greatest story ever told”). Sean’s flow is impeccable and peppered with maxims – “Your respect last longer than a check, n*gga” – and Pharrell Williams and Detail serve as features, the former’s vocals bobbing and weaving on the hook. But the unsung hero of the track may be the producers’ beat switch in “What A Year’s” final twenty seconds.

Stream Big Sean’s “What A Year,” featuring Pharrell and Detail, down below.