All the endless nights in the studio and grueling promo paid off for Big Sean. The Detroit MC celebrated his hard work with some of his closest friends and family at his release show in New York last night. Following his CD signing at Best Buy earlier in the day, he treated his Big Believers to a concert at Terminal 5.
He served up new material from his sophomore album Hall of Fame and brought out Wiz Khalifa (“GangBang”) and Juicy J (“Show Out”). His dad even joined him onstage during “Fire.”
“Last night was epic…the music, the lights, and people were next level! New album in stores now! One of the best days of my life. Thanks NYC,” tweeted Sean.
Hall of Fame is expected to sell 75-85,000 copies in its first week, according to early estimates.
Kanye West does not appear on Hall of Fame, but things are still G.O.O.D. between Big Sean and his mentor. During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the Detroit MC revealed what Yeezus thought of his sophomore album.
“He was jamming to it, he was proud of it,” said Sean. “There’s always some things that we may disagree on, but as an artist, you just gotta roll with what you wanna roll with. He definitely respects that and supports me and I support him.”
But one song stood out to him the most. “Kanye’s favorite song was definitely ‘Mona Lisa,’” he said of Da Internz production. “He was the one who reminded me how good that song was. He really loves the beat and the words too.”
While he and ‘Ye did collaborate, he is keeping their record for his next album. “We did have a song, but I’m probably gonna save it for my next one ’cause it wasn’t really necessary for this one.”
As for his collaboration with fellow Detroit native Eminem, the song was not completed in time to make the cut. “It was supposed to have been done by now, but it’s not all the way done. Like I said, you’ll get it, man.”
Once he wraps his tour with Kid Cudi in the fall, he will announce his own “Hall of Fame” tour. “I can guarantee that when I do go on my headlining tour, it’s gonna be a great show,” said Sean.
With a week to go until Hall of Fame arrives, Big Sean shared some insight into two of the biggest collaborations on his sophomore album, “First Chain” with Nas and Kid Cudi and “Milf” featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J.
“‘Milf’ is definitely raunchy, but it’s real because it’s conceptual,” the Detroit MC told Rap-Up TV. “It’s for like if you ever dated a girl who has a kid or been that kid where your mom had boyfriends… It’s something fun, but that’s a real subject in society, kids hating who their mom dates. It was cool to formulate that into a song. I’ve never heard that as a rap song.”
Nicki Minaj and Juicy J play characters on Da Internz-produced banger. “Working with Nicki was cool, it was easy. Me and her friends and stuff, so it wasn’t complicated,” said Sean, who previously worked with the Young Money diva on “Dance (A$$).”
Despite his departure from G.O.O.D. Music, Kid Cudi professed his loyalty to the label on “First Chain.” “[Cudi] said, make sure to say, ‘G.O.O.D. Music forever.’ And I thought that was cool and I think that’s gonna be a cool moment for the fans because it just goes to show that it’s deeper than an imprint on a piece of paper. We’re brothers and sometimes business may not always work out, but it’s deeper than that.”
No matter what the future holds, Sean will always rep for G.O.O.D. Music. “No matter what I do career-wise, I’ma always be G.O.O.D. Music no matter what, whether I start my own dynasty, whatever.”
Hip-hop’s biggest stars came out to celebrate with Kylie Jenner as she turned 16. Kim Kardashian’s little sis threw an Alice in Wonderland-themed bash at AT&T Center in downtown L.A. on Saturday night. The star-studded guest list included Drake, Big Sean, The Weeknd, Naya Rivera, Tyga, Scott Disick, and Willow and Jaden Smith.
Kanye wasn’t able to make it because he was in Oklahoma City attending his grandfather’s funeral. But he organized a surprise from Drake and Big Sean, who performed “All Me,” while Drizzy planted a kiss on the birthday girl’s cheek.
“Thank you Drake AKA @champagnepapi @bigsean for the surprise performances!! #loveyoukanye,” wrote Kylie’s mother Kris Jenner.
The whole family got together on Sunday and celebrated at a private dinner. One of Kylie’s friends sang “Hold On, We’re Going Home” at the dining table as Drake and Kanye looked on.
Check out photos and footage from the Sweet 16 festivities.
Fresh off the premiere of the music video for “Beware” featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko, Big Sean shared the vision behind his latest work of art. The trippy clip, which he describes as “virtual craziness,” was directed by Matthew Williams for Kanye West’s creative company DONDA.
“It’s been great working with DONDA because they’re somebody who is really trying to elevate artistry, elevate artists, put them on a new level of creativity,” the G.O.O.D. Music MC told Rap-Up TV. “I think they’ve done that for me, from the ‘Beware’ video to the ‘Fire’ video.”
The visuals all go together, from the album art to the single covers to the videos. “It’s cool to have something that cohesive,” added Sean. “You don’t see that much in rap music, in music in general, to really rolling out a project and it feeling like a movement or a moment in time.”
He was pleased with the final product. “I’m proud of the video. It took a while to get done, but the end result is good. It’s cool to put out great videos that I can really be proud of.”
In addition to “Beware” and the Miley Cyrus-assisted “Fire,” Sean has also shot videos for “Ashley” featuring Miguel and “10 2 10” off his upcoming album Hall of Fame, due Aug. 27.
Papoose responds to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control,” and no one’s safe. Following replies from Joell Ortiz, B.o.B, and Cassidy, the Brooklyn rapper, who Kendrick gave the stage to at Summer Jam, defends his home turf and throws shots at his fellow MCs.
“Ayo Kendrick, good lookin’ on that Summer Jam move, but you ain’t the king of shit,” he proclaims. “Tell Kendrick and TDE they need to lay off the PCP/ … You’ll never be a real West Coast artist like Eazy-E/ You a fuckin’ joke, we laugh at you like he he he/ Ya’ll probably stick dildos in each other like Stevie G/ I mean Stevie J on that sex tape with E-V-E.”
He also comes after Big Sean. “Little Sean, Big Sean, let me see ID/ Before you rap, why you always say B-I-G/ You heard Biggie, you could D-I-E/ Everytime I hear you, you gettin’ cornier like you’re E-Y-E.”
But those aren’t his only victims. “Kendrick, Kanye, and Drake they act feminine/ Wear a lot of clothes you usually see women in,” he raps. “You never made it ’cause you bringing lyrics/ Singing like a lady/ You get away with murder, you George Zimmerman/ … You only blew up ’cause you contribute to the feminization of the black man.”
Hot on the heels of his Miley Cyrus-assisted video for “Fire,” Big Sean debuts the artsy video for “Beware” featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko, the first single off his sophomore album Hall of Fame, due August 27. The trippy visuals were directed by Matthew Williams for DONDA.
Everyone was buzzing about Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse at the Moët Rosé Lounge in L.A. earlier this week. In addition to speaking with Big Sean, Rap-Up TV asked some of the evening’s guests include Jhené Aiko, Gilbere Forte, Melody Thornton, and Chanel West Coast what they thought of the explosive bars.
“I feel like he is one of the best in the world right now, so why not?” said Kendrick’s fellow L.A. native Jhené, who worked with the Compton MC on her upcoming EP Sail Out. “I think that it’s really dope that he wasn’t afraid to say their names and everybody is trying to be so nice in rap right now… At the end of the day, it’s a competition and that makes it exciting.”
Gilbere Forte also weighed in. “I think this is Kendrick’s call and response. He wants to see who’s really about hip-hop at the end of the day,” said the Philly MC, who may be planning a response of his own.
Young Money rapstress Chanel West Coast applauded Kendrick for repping for the West Coast, while former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton was reminded of Nas. “He killed it,” she said.
Pooch Hall thought the verse solidified K-Dot’s position in hip-hop. “I think he’s just establishing himself as a lyrical hip-hop MC/brand,” said “The Game” star. “Big Sean is here to stay, but so is Kendrick Lamar.”