It’s been a big week for Big Sean. After shaking up hip-hop with his Kendrick Lamar-assisted song “Control,” the Detroit rapper brought some heat to Hollywood during his performance on Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” While wearing an ODB T-shirt, he hit the outdoor stage to perform his single “Beware” as the crowd tossed around blue beach balls.
He was accompanied by his Def Jam labelmate Jhené Aiko, who paid tribute to her late brother with a necklace that said “Miyagi.”
Sean kept it going with his adrenaline-fueled anthem “Fire” off his sophomore album Hall of Fame, due August 27.
“I’m exhausted man… Been going non stop,” he tweeted following the performance.
The champagne was flowing and the G.O.O.D. Music was blaring as Big Sean celebrated Hall of Fame at the Moët Rosé Lounge in West Hollywood on Tuesday night. Guests got a preview of the rapper’s upcoming album, Hall of Fame, as they sipped Moët at the black-tie affair, which was held poolside on the rooftop of The London hotel.
Sean looked dapper as he stepped out with his girlfriend Naya Rivera and popped magnum bottles with Jhené Aiko, Kevin Hart, Melody Thornton, Pooch Hall, Gilbere Forte, and Chanel West Coast.
With his friends and peers by his side, he was presented with a plaque celebrating 10 million singles sold to date.
This is the third event in the 2013 Moët Rosé Lounge series, which kicked off earlier this summer in Washington, D.C. with host Wale and in Chicago with host Fabolous.
Kendrick Lamar shook up hip-hop by calling out his peers on “Control,” but it was Big Sean who orchestrated the most-talked-about hip-hop record of the year. Still riding high on the buzz, Rap-Up TV caught up with the G.O.O.D. Music rapper at the Moët Rosé Lounge in West Hollywood on Tuesday to get his take on the track.
He gave his fellow MCs props. “Of course Kendrick spazzed on it, of course Jay Elec spazzed on it,” said Sean. “I feel like we all added our own flavors to it. I knew what it was for hip-hop culture. I knew how important it was.”
He decided to leave his verse intact even after hearing Kendrick’s. “I’m not a ho ass ni**a. I wasn’t gonna change my stuff for nothing. I didn’t want to alter it,” he explained. “I knew how important it was and I just wanted to give it out there and orchestrate that and push the culture forward.”
But he was not prepared for the reaction. “I haven’t seen a hip-hop song stir up this much excitement in years really.”
He admits that Kendrick outshined him by mentioning Drake, J. Cole, Meek Mill, and his other peers. “I think that name dropping really took it over the top for sure,” said Sean.
But that doesn’t take away from his verse. “I love my verse. I think I have some great quotables in there.”
“Control” didn’t make Hall of Fame because of a sample clearance issue, but Sean is trying to make it available on the digital version of the album, due August 27. “We’re trying to work out something where it could at least work digitally. I really fought for that too, man.”
Big Sean is getting little sleep as the release date for Hall of Fame approaches. During his trip to New York, he stopped by Funkmaster Flex’s show on Hot 97 and delivered a two-minute freestyle over a beat he rapped to on his first mixtape. The Detroit rapper shouted out his hometown, Deepak Chopra books, and his loyal fans, dedicating the verse to his Big Believers.
Big Sean drops an explosive leftover from his Hall of Fame recording sessions. On the seven-and-a-half-minute track “Control,” which didn’t make the album because of a clearance sample, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper goes off, but it’s Kendrick Lamar who steals the show with his venomous verse.
“I’m Makaveli’s offspring/ I’m the king of New York/ King of the coasts/ One hand I juggle them both,” raps the Compton MC over the No I.D.-produced beat.
He also takes aim at his peers and no one’s safe. “And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you ni**as/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you ni**as.”
Clear the way for Kendrick and his path of destruction.
Ahead of the album’s August 27 release, Big Sean reveals the official tracklisting for his sophomore album Hall of Fame. The 15 tracks include appearances from Nas, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Cocaine 80′s, and Miguel, with production from No I.D., Key Wane, Da Internz, and more.
The Detroit rapper explains his vision for the project and breaks down each track in a new video.
“I just wanted to make an album toward the end of the album you would know who Big Sean is,” he said of the follow-up to his 2011 debut Finally Famous. “I wanted to make something that was conceptual, something with meaning, something I could look back on, something people can look back on and be proud. It’s a project unlike anything else I’ve ever done before, period.”
The diverse album boasts soul (“Fire”), Detroit anthems (“It’s Time”), personal records (“Ashley”), and more club bangers (“MILF”).
“This for sure will be one of my most honest albums,” he said.
The stars stepped out to honor teen favorites in music, TV, movies, sports, and more at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on Sunday. The two-hour show was filled with tearful moments (Cory Monteith tribute), lots of twerking, and plenty of star power.
Big Sean supported his girlfriend Naya Rivera backstage after “Glee” won Best Choice TV Show Comedy, while Miguel brought his own hot date Nazanin Mandi.
Miley Cyrus showed off her legs in a short black dress while collecting her surfboards for Choice Summer Song (“We Can’t Stop”), Fashion Trendsetter, and Choice TV Scene Stealer.
Bruno Mars picked up two awards for Choice Summer Music Star and Choice R&B Artist and delivered a comical videotaped message.
Nelly rocked the stage with Florida Georgia Line while performing “Cruise (Remix),” and Choice TV Actor – Action winner LL Cool J presented with Ed Sheeran.
Other star sightings included Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, and Jordin Sparks.
Naya Rivera links with her love Big Sean on her debut single “Sorry.” The “Glee” star launches her music career with the playful uptempo jam, which she premiered on L.A. radio station Power 106 earlier today.
Her G.O.O.D. Music boyfriend surprised her and showed up with a bottle of Dom Pérignon while she was in the studio.
Naya said that she was the one who initiated the collaboration. “I had a couple of songs that I wanted a feature on and then conveniently I just turned to him and was just like, ‘Can you do this?’” she told Yesi Ortiz.