Feature Friday: Big Sean
Big Sean is an American rapper from the west side of Detroit Michigan, often referenced in his lyrics with a shout out. Sean went to school at Detroit Waldorf and Cass Technical High School graduating with very good grades. In his later high school years he established a relationship with Detroit’s hip-hop station WHTD by participating in rap battle contests weekly. In 2005 Kanye West was doing a radio interview where Sean met him to freestyle and left him a demo tape, two years later Kanye signed Sean to his record label, GOOD Music.
In 2007, Big Sean released his first official mixtape Finally Famous and his hit single “Get’cha Some” gained attention. In 2009 he released his second mixtape called UKNOWBIGSEAN and the next year his third was released, Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG. By 2011 he was ready to release the debut studio album Famous, which has hit songs like “My Last" and “Marvin & Chardonnay” and features from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj and many more.
In 2012 the hit single “Mercy” came out featuring Big Sean along with Kanye West, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. That same year he won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist from the BET awards along with the Reese's Perfect Combo Award and the Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Mercy.” Also in 2012, Big Sean released the mixtape Detroit which features guest appearances from J. Cole, Juicy J, King Chip, French Montana, Royce da 5'9", Kendrick Lamar and Tyga. The Mixtape also won Best Mixtape from the BET Awards.
In 2013 Sean released his second studio album, Hall of Fame which spawned five singles, "Guap", "Switch Up", "Beware" featuring Jhené Aiko and Lil Wayne, "Fire", and "Ashley" featuring Miguel. The next year he released four new songs titled, "I Don't Fuck with You", "Paradise", "4th Quarter" and “Jit/Juke. He also launched his own clothing company later that year, Aura Gold. In 2015 he was ready to release the album, Dark Sky Paradise which debuted on the Billboard 200 making it his first No. 1 album, and in less than a year it was certified platinum. The song "One Man Can Change the World" with Kanye West & John Legend was also released that year and won Best Video with a Social Message from MTV Video Music Awards along with Impact Track from BET Hip Hop Awards.
His next album was released in celebration of his 28th birthday, titled TWENTY88. Shortly after Sean donated $10,000 to the flint water crisis. He then released "Bounce Back" as the lead single from his fourth studio album, I Decided, which was released in early 2017. The album got Big Sean his second number one album on the Billboard 200 chart as it rose to the top. Two months later Big Sean was offered the official Key to the City of Detroit for his contribution to his Sean Anderson foundation and he donated $15,000 to benefit Wayne State University’s ‘Helping Individuals Go Higher’ Program to provide short-term support to Wayne State students facing homelessness or precarious housing situations. Big Sean is currently on his I Decided tour and you won't want to miss him in Lansing Michigan at Common Ground Music Festival on July 9th with similar artists Fetty Wap and Twista.