Big Sean and Metro Boomin are doubling up on a new joint album, Double or Nothing.
With the project pending a release date, the dynamic duo announced their newfound union via Billboard. “To try to do it all by yourself — that’s the ego talking,” said Sean. “Sometimes ego gets you in trouble. You’ve got to be aware enough to have your teammates around.”
Metro, who’s done similar joint projects with 21 Savage, NAV, and Offset, says he enjoys this type of camaraderie with MCs. “I was born in ’93,” he explained, “and a lot of projects [from that era] had one producer, maybe two. They sounded more cohesive — better as a whole.”
I ain’t done wit 2017 yet…
— Sean Don (@BigSean) December 1, 2017
DOUBLE OR NOTHING
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) December 1, 2017
The Detroit rapper and St. Louis producer combined for a special effort that blends “radically different styles and subgenres.” It also allowed them to bond. “That’s one of the things me and Metro are like-minded on,” said Sean. “Maybe it has something to do with us being from the Midwest. We have that goal of wanting to succeed not just for ourselves, but for everybody who’s listening.”
While the album will feature a “pared down” lyrical approach from Sean, he will be addressing police violence and racial inequality. “I believe music is a way of getting away from things,” he said, “but it was heavy on my heart, and I felt the need to talk about it.”
Last month, Sean and Boomin combined with 21 Savage for “Pull Up N Wreck,” the first sign of things to come from their joint project. Before that, they also worked together on cuts like “Bounce Back,” “Voices in My Head / Stick to the Plan,” and “Sacrifices.”
UPDATE: Sean and Metro’s joint album Double or Nothing will be released to digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, Dec. 8. See the cover art below.