Black Concert: Big Sean Live in Detroit Saturday 4-1!
He attended the Detroit Waldorf School and graduated from Cass Technical High School with a 3.7 GPA. Big Sean is often heard saying “west side” in his songs; he is referring to the west side of his hometown Detroit, Michigan. In his later years in high school, Sean gained a valuable relationship with Detroit hip-hop station WHTD; he would show his rhyming skills on a weekly basis as part of a rap battle contest held by the station.
In 2005, Kanye West was doing a radio interview at 102.7 FM. Hearing about this, Sean headed over to the station to meet West and perform some freestyle. Initially West was reluctant to hear him, however he gave Sean 16 bars to rap for him. According to Big Sean, West enjoyed his freestyle: “As we get to the entrance of the radio station … we stopped in the middle of the doorway. He starts looking at me and bobbing his head,”. After the freestyle, Sean left West his demo tape. Two years later, West signed Big Sean to GOOD Music.
On September 30, 2007, Big Sean released his first official mixtape Finally Famous: The Mixtape. His hit single, “Get’cha Some”, produced by WrighTrax, attained media attention and led to articles in The Source and the Detroit Metro Times. He also recorded a music video for “Get’cha Some”, which was directed by Hype Williams. Sean released a second mixtape hosted by Mick Boogie on April 16, 2009, called UKNOWBIGSEAN. It featured the songs “Million Dollars”, “Get’cha Some” and “Supa Dupa”. This mixtape includes 30 tracks. Sean released a third mixtape hosted by Don Cannon on August 31, 2010 called Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG, which features include major artists like Bun B, Chip tha Ripper, Curren$y, Tyga, Drake, Mike Posner, Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth, Dom Kennedy and Chiddy Bang. The mixtape includes 20 tracks.
An unauthorized leak of his collaboration with Drake, called “Made” made its way onto the internet on April 30, 2010. In an interview with TheHipHopUpdate.com on May 1, Big Sean expressed his disappointment over the leak, calling it an unfinished version both musically and lyrically. Big Sean’s official Facebook page confirmed that his debut album Finally Famous & Consequence’s Cons TV would be released on September 14, 2010. On August 31, Big Sean tweeted that the album was not coming out on that day, but it would be coming out sometime in 2011.
In an interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Sean discussed the role Kanye West and No I.D. have had in the development of his first studio album’s sonic direction as well as the challenges of being inside the studio with West. The album’s lead single, “My Last”, features vocals from Chris Brown and was produced by No I.D. According to Amazon.com, Big Sean’s Finally Famous was delayed by a week, with a tentative release date set for June 28. Big Sean has revealed the cover art for his G.O.O.D. Music debut and explained that the one-week pushback was to be blamed on sample and feature clearance issues. The official track list was revealed on June 7.
All Your Fault
Clique (Kanye West cover)
Platinum and Wood
Detroit Mix (DJ Mo Beatz)
Try Me (with DeJ Loaf)
Be Real (with DeJ Loaf)
Back Up Off Me (with DeJ Loaf)
Sanctified (Rick Ross cover)
GangBang (Wiz Khalifa cover)
Supa Dupa Lemonade
Smoke & Drive (with Mike Posner)
Cooler than Me (with Mike Posner)
How it Feel
Play No Games
Beware (with Jhené Aiko)
I Know (with Jhené Aiko)
Marvin & Chardonnay
A Milli/Fuck You/Love Me (with Lil Wayne)
How Many Times (with Lil Wayne)
Deep (with Lil Wayne)
Mercy (Kanye West cover)
Don’t Like (Chief Keef cover)
All Me (Drake cover)
I Don’t Fuck With U
Detroit vs. Everybody (with Eminem) (also with Danny Brown, Dej… more )
One Man Can Change the World
Hall of Fame Tour (2014)
Detroit Tour (2013)
I Am Finally Famous Tour (2011)
Rihanna’s Anti World Tour
J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive Tour
Hall of Fame (2013)
Dark Sky Paradise (2015)
I Decided (2017)
Twenty88 (2016) (with Jhené Aiko as Twenty88)