According to Sean Don, the new album is all about being reborn. “That’s not something that people expect from a Big Sean project,” he told EW. “I’m happy we are delivering something unexpected. I’m excited to push the culture and push my artistry to the limit.”
The theme was inspired by a trip to a Motown exhibit with his mother and the iconic Berry Gordy. There, he learned about Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder’s ability to inspire. It was also sparked by his thoughts on a previous life.
“I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance.’ He was like, ‘Make that the album,'” explained Sean. “People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f**k off or whatever.”
However, that doesn’t mean fans should expect too different a sound from the G.O.O.D. Music Don. “You don’t want to overdo it,” he said. “I’m not trying to sit here and preach to people. You can get [a message] across with a song like ‘Bounce Back.’ We’ve all bounced back from something before, so that fits my story perfect, but you never would have known that from hearing it by itself.”
The featured guests are currently unknown, but they may include Chance the Rapper and Jeremih, who appear on “Living Single” or other artists he’s reportedly been working with, including Pharrell, Bruno Mars, and Diane Warren.
Aside from “Living Single,” Sean also recently dropped “No More Interviews,” though it’s unknown whether the track will land on his new LP.
Due Feb. 3, I Decided. is the follow-up to last year’s critically-acclaimed Dark Sky Paradise.