Big Sean

Jul
3
Rap-Up TV: Common Makes ‘Majik’ with Jhené Aiko, Talks Kanye’s ‘Royal’ Wedding

Twenty years after the release of his critically-acclaimed album Resurrection, Common reunites with No I.D. on Nobody’s Smiling. During his trip to L.A. this week, the hip-hop veteran sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his 10th album, which arrives July 22 via Def Jam.

The concept-driven project, inspired by the violence in Chicago, includes appearances from Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and Jhené Aiko, who is featured on the No I.D.-produced “Blak Majik.”

“Jhené Aiko is an artist that I truly respect,” said Common. “I think she has a unique voice in music, in culture. When I say unique voice, not only is it her singing voice, but her perspective, who she is, what she offers to the world is something that’s very, very special. It’s a soul to it. It’s a spirit to it.”

“I wanted to team up with her and do a song that was fresh. I called it ‘Blak Majik’ because I say we make something out of nothing,” he explained. “It’s also a feel-good, fun song, but it’s hard, it’s rough. It’s something special about that song too.”

He also worked with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean on “Diamonds,” for which a video was recently shot in L.A. “‘Diamonds’ for me, talks about shining. You got shine no matter what. No matter what situation you gotta get to shining. I’m talking about shining for today, not waiting for tomorrow. You just gotta embody it now.”

While he didn’t work with Kanye West on this album, he did attend his fairytale wedding. “That was a very special wedding in the way that it was fun,” he said. “I had been to Italy, but never to Florence. It felt very family-oriented, very simple but beautiful, and it felt like they cared about the guests. The way we were treated, it was royal. Everything was simple and beautiful and we had the best time.”

Jun
13
Big Sean Takes Over Detroit High School as Principal

Sway and Big Sean

Big Sean is giving back in a big way. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper took over Detroit high school Bates Academy as “Celebrity Principal for a Day” on Thursday. He helped recognize students for improving their attendance and winning Get Schooled and Viacom’s Detroit Attendance Challenge.

“It’s just cool to come back and just see the kids so excited and it all be for a good cause,” said Sean, who graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA.

The students greeted the “Beware” hitmaker with signs and a special cheer as he arrived with his mother Myra and gave out hugs.

He freestyled for them and shared some advice during a Q&A with MTV’s Sway. “The best way to study is with your homies,” he said. “If you got some dumb friends, don’t study with them.”

This is the second time Sean has served as “Principal for a Day.” He previously surprised students at Lincoln High School in 2012.

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Jun
11
Big Sean and Rihanna Hit the Studio

Big Sean and Rihanna

Are Big Sean and Rihanna cooking up a collaboration? The Detroit rapper hit the studio with the “Most Desirable Woman” in L.A. last night, sharing the moment on Instagram. RiRi rocked a bucket hat and Trapstar T-shirt while standing next to Sean, who was decked out in a BAPE tee.

“My niggaz #FinallyFamous #FFOE,” tweeted Sean, who was also joined by his Finally Famous crew members SAYITAINTTONE and Earlly Mac.

Over the weekend, Sean was in the studio with “We Found Love” producer Calvin Harris (Could Rihanna be featured on the song?).

While we can only speculate, we do know that Sean has been hard at work on the follow-up to last year’s Hall of Fame.

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Jun
6
Chris Brown Celebrates Homecoming with Karrueche, Big Sean, & Tyga

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Following his release from jail earlier in the week, Chris Brown celebrated his freedom with his friends and family at a welcome home party on Thursday. His girlfriend Karrueche Tran planned the surprise bash, which was held at a private home in Beverly Hills.

She blindfolded the “Loyal” singer and brought him inside where his famous pals including Tyga, Big Sean, T-Pain, and Amber Rose awaited his arrival.

A banner read “Welcome Home CB!” and he was presented with a birthday cake (He spent his 25th birthday behind bars).

Karrueche was clearly happy to have her man back. She posted a photo of them kissing, writing, “Welcome home.”

Chris has reportedly vowed to stay off drugs and remove all negative influences from his life so that he never has to see jail again.

See more pics from Breezy’s homecoming below.

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May
30
Video: Ariana Grande f/ Iggy Azalea – ‘Problem’

Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande

It’s finally here. After rocketing to the top of the charts, Ariana Grande rolls out the retro video for her smash hit “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea.

The monochromatic clip, directed by Young Astronaut, showcases the ladies in all their mod glory, with a cameo from Big Sean, who whispers the hook. Iggy rocks big blonde hair, while Ariana busts out her go-go girl moves alongside a troupe of male dancers.

Ariana’s sophomore album is due in August featuring production from Babyface, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, and Benny Blanco.

Watch the go-go girls get their groove on in the funky visuals.

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May
26
Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Diddy, Cassie, J. Cole, Big Sean, & Nas Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas

Cassie and Nicki Minaj

From Iggy Azalea to Riff Raff, the stars invaded Las Vegas to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

After hosting 1OAK on Friday, Nicki Minaj brought the party poolside to LIQUID at Aria. While in Vegas, the “Pills N Potions” rapper met up with her famous friends including Diddy, her “wife” Cassie, Big Sean, and Riff Raff, who was caught stalking her.

“This n*gg was high out his mind. ‘Allegedly’ Lol,” she said of the NEON iCON. “Pretty sure he followed me out the club.”

Fresh from Florence where he attended Kim and Kanye’s wedding, Big Sean hosted a gig at Haze nightclub, while Nas was at 1OAK and Pusha T performed at The Bank. J. Cole rocked Rehab on Saturday and Diddy and YG held court poolside at Hard Rock on Sunday.

Iggy Azalea celebrated Power 106 DJ E-Man’s birthday at The Bank at Bellagio with Mike Posner and Far East Movement. The “Fancy” hitmaker and her NBA baller boyfriend Nick Young got cozy in VIP while toasting her chart-topping single.

See more pics from the star-studded weekend in Sin City.

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May
25
Kimye Wedding Photo Booth: Big Sean, Tyga, Common, John Legend, & Jaden Smith

Common, Kanye, Big Sean, Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian became Mrs. West during the couple’s fairytale wedding at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere on Saturday. The bride wore a Givenchy lace gown and a long silk veil, while the groom looked dapper in a Givenchy tuxedo.

During the reception, John Legend serenaded the newlyweds with “All of Me” and “Ordinary People,” and Kanye delivered a passionate 20-minute speech. According to E! Online, he called the Kardashian family an “industry” and “the most remarkable people of our time” who can “make the world a better place.”

He gushed about his new bride, whom he described as the “ideal celebrity” and the “ideal art,” and looked forward to spending “every day of my life with Kim.”

While there were no E! cameras or cell phones allowed inside the wedding, the Wests set up a photo booth to document their special day. Friends and family took black-and-white snapshots and posted them online.

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen locked lips, Big Sean stuck out his tongue for a group photo, and Tyga and his girlfriend Blac Chyna posed with Kimye. Jaden Smith, dressed as “white Batman,” photo bombed Kourtney Kardashian and Joe Francis.

Beyoncé and Jay Z did not make the trip to Florence, but Bey wished the couple on Instagram. “Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family,” she said.

Check out more candid pics from Kimye’s big day below.

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