Big Sean For Rolling Out; Talks His Growth And Empowering & Inspiring The Kids In Detroit

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G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean covers the latest issue of Rolling Out. Kid Cudi and Hit Boy left the label earlier this year, Pusha T still has yet to release his debut solo offering, My Name Is My Name and the other veteran rappers including Common and Q-Tip are not currently active as far as releasing new music, therefore Big Sean is carrying the torch and serves as the face of Kanye West’s label. Last week, the Detroit-native dropped his sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, according to HDD, the project is projected to move 70-75k in its first week.

Big Sean talked to writer Stereo Williams about his growth as an artist, being a spiritual person, remaining the same, not letting fame change who he is, buying his mother a house, empowering and inspiring the kids in his hometown of Detroit and much more. Below are some highlights:


On his status and growth: 

“I just think people have seen me grow, at least from a [lyrical ]standpoint, from the first album to now,” Sean explains.

On being a spiritual person, remaining the same and not changing because of the fame:

One of my homies [said] ‘You’re a spiritual dude, you be [sic]into meditating and manifesting what you want,’” he shares. “You go through different situations from the perspective of trying to get on and be known and just trying to make money. Then you start [to realize goals] and things change. It’s something to get used to and sometimes you’ve got to learn the hard way. I feel like through it all, I remained the same person. I haven’t changed — I’m still a good-hearted person. I feel like I’ve definitely become a man. I’ve had some fallouts with good friends and rekindled those relationships by just understanding more [and] being more of a selfless person; as opposed to always [having] tunnel vision and being one way. I’m not perfect, I’m still learning. Adjusting to it is a part of life. Adjusting is life in general — figuring it out.”

On going from living in his mom’s house to buying his mom a house:

I went from being in my mom’s house in the ’hood off of 6 Mile in Detroit, to buying my mom a new house and buying myself a house and making my goals unfold in front of me. I wanted to make sure that I let people know that the information that my mom gave me [I could] pass on to my fans or people that like my music; hopefully that can help them in their worlds and whatever they got going on and help them succeed.”

On his desire to empower and inspire kids in his hometown of Detroit: 

I’m the only young black male, really, from Detroit that has a platform to be heard,” Sean says. “It’s not the highest platform, but it’s definitely a platform. I made sure that I included facts that people may not know about Detroit [on my album]; how we’re 15 billion in debt. In [the song] ‘First Chain’ with me and Nas, I was talking about how [they] lessened the hours of police around the city, which is crazy. It’s just mayhem. Me being from there, I felt like I had a responsibility to be a vessel — talking about vacant blocks — not just houses, vacant blocks. I’d never seen vacant blocks. Drug addicts living in houses, raping little girls [that are] going to school. I hear about it, it happens to my friends’ little sisters. There are devastating things I included.”

Read the interview in its entire at Rolling Out

Photos Credit: Rolling Out | Phoenix White of Emkron |

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