From Kanye to Kelly Rowland, Big Sean has become one of the most sought-after MCs in the game. Before taking the stage at Power 106′s “Valentine’s Crush” concert in L.A. on Friday, the Detroit rapper spoke with Rap-Up TV about his latest collaboration with Jennifer Lopez.
“J.Lo, Jenny from the block, she’s like OG,” said Sean. “You can’t help but show respect and pay respect to an OG. She was there looking like she was my age. She’s cool, she’s beautiful, she’s talented. It’s an honor.”
When he’s not in the studio with J.Lo, Sean has been hard at work on his third album. “We’ve been in a great groove. Expect some announcements sooner or later,” he teased. “We’ve been killin’ these features too. Ya’ll gonna hear it, some crazy shit.”
Last month, he dropped his “1st Quarter” freestyle, and fans can expect more music soon. “There’s more comin’ from ’1st Quarter.’ I just dropped that to set the tone though, let people know we not playin’ with these bitch ass ni**as no more.”
Plus, don’t be surprised to hear more than rapping from the G.O.O.D. Music MC. “For sure you’re gonna hear more singing from me. I don’t know about the next album or whatever, but I’ve been taking singing lessons,” he said. “I’ve been getting good too. If you listened to my mixtapes, you heard songs like ‘I’m Gonna Be’ with me and Jhené [Aiko] singing or songs like ‘Beware.’ I sing. I be harmonizing.”
T-Pain may be the king of Auto-Tune, but he doesn’t mind when others use it. The “Up Down” singer dismissed reports of friction with Future and defended the Atlanta rapper’s Auto-Tuned music.
“I’m down with it. I like it. I totally like it,” T-Pain told Rap-Up TV. “People always ask me how I feel. I’m flattered. I feel like that’s what’s working because I made it work.”
But he did take a moment to brag. “People wouldn’t be using Auto-Tune at all if it wasn’t for me right now,” declared T-Pain. “I feel like I’m the best to do it. I use it the best. When people try to compare me to other people using it, I don’t see the comparison.”
Still, he doesn’t see the need to hate on others. “They give Future crap for using Auto-Tune. And I see it all the time because it’s mostly fans of me that think I should be getting credit for it,” he explained. “I tell them, listen, everybody gets crap for everything. If you’re good at something, they’re gonna give you crap. If you’re bad at something, they’re gonna give you crap. So just let it be.”
Chicago newcomer Chance the Rapper recently tweeted that he wants to work with the Tallahassee hitmaker. So is T-Pain ready to accept his invitation?
“That’s happening. Chance the Rapper, I’m down with that,” he said. “He’s as weird as me. Me and him were both on episodes of ['The Eric André Show']. If anybody understands ‘Eric André,’ you’re a friend of mine. He did much more crazy shit on ‘Eric André’ than I did. I feel like that’s gonna happen.”
Wale has a new attitude for the new year. After taking a break from social media and confronting his critics, the MMG rapper has turned the focus back on his music and fans, which he outlined in a letter on his blog. During the launch of “REVOLT Live,” Rap-Up TV asked him about his new outlook.
“That’s where my energy’s going, back into the fans and back into the music. I’m not worrying about the small things anymore,” he said.
He was recently in the studio with Mariah Carey, but wouldn’t reveal too much. “That’s top secret for now,” he said, adding that the collaboration is for the pop diva’s upcoming album.
He is also working on his fourth LP The Album About Nothing, which he plans to drop at the end of summer.
“It’s pretty good, but you’re never done until you’re done,” he said.
TDE’s newest signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad have been thrust into the spotlight since signing to the hip-hop label last year. Rap-Up TV caught up with the rising stars at “REVOLT Live” in Hollywood, where they shared details about their upcoming projects.
On Tuesday, Isaiah will drop his highly-anticipated album Cilvia Demo. “It’s pretty tight,” said the Chattanooga MC, while SZA was less modest.
“His project is amazing,” she said. “It’s probably one of the most inspiring pieces of work I’ve ever heard.”
The 14 tracks include collaborations with TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and two with SZA herself.
The New Jersey-raised songstress has her own project on the way. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” she shared. “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”
They will be supporting their labelmate Kendrick Lamar at Sunday’s Grammys, where he has seven nominations.
So what can we expect from his performance with Imagine Dragons? “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be crazy, crazy,” said SZA.
The Maybach Music crew is gearing up for a big year ahead with new albums from Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill, who plans to drop his sophomore LP this spring. While attending the launch of “REVOLT Live” in Hollywood, the Philly MC revealed that he has recorded over 80 songs and collaborated with the likes of DJ Khaled and Rita Ora, who appears on a song called “I’ma Ride.”
“It’s fire. Just know I’m spittin’ on it,” Meek exclusively told Rap-Up TV. “[Rita's] singin’. She’s sounding very good on it. Hopefully the people love it when it drops.”
Timbaland has also lent his production skills. “That’s the OG,” said Meek. “Me and Timbaland always kickin’ it for the last year or two, so I seen him one day, I was playin’ some music for him and Hov, and he was like, he wanna go in and make some magic. I was all the way with that.”
So what can fans expect from the follow-up to his 2012 debut Dreams and Nightmares? “You can expect just quality music,” explained Meek, who still hasn’t decided on a title. “You know me, I’m a street rapper. I come with that street shit, so I’m just comin’ with that on another level right now and takin’ them to a different place.”
During his recent trip to Miami, he met up in the studio with Justin Bieber. “I seen him the day before he got locked up. We just was chillin’,” said Meek, who shared his support for the Biebs following his arrest.
“He’s a kid. Kids gon’ be kids. Everybody’s not perfect.”
T-Pain has some big names lined up for his next T-Mix. While his single “Up Down (Do This All Day)” continues to burn up the airwaves, the Auto-Tune King has revealed the potential guest list for the remix and it includes André 3000 and Rihanna.
He has already had a phone call with the OutKast rapper. “It was amazing just talking to him ’cause that’s like my idol,” T-Pain told Rap-Up TV. “He really set my pace for music and just seeing that he does whatever he wants and don’t care what nobody say, how he dresses and stuff like that, that’s something that you can’t take away from an artist once they become a real artist.”
So he was naturally nervous when they finally spoke. “I was scared to talk to him,” he admitted. “I didn’t know what to do. I was texting him for a while because I felt like if I heard his voice I wouldn’t know what to say. But then I stopped being a pu**y and just fu**ing talked to him. It was a regular god damn conversation.”
He also hopes to grab Rihanna, who was recently seen twerking to the song backstage at her tour.
“I’m thinking about getting Rihanna on it, but if she don’t wanna f**k with it, then you know. Everybody else just seems really excited already,” he said.
While RiRi is not confirmed, B.o.B has already recorded a new verse, and other guests include 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg. He previewed part of the remix on Instagram.
Big Sean got engaged, released his second album, and unleashed one of the biggest rap records of the year, “Control,” in 2013. As the year comes to a close, Rap-Up TV caught up with the Detroit rapper (and his mascot Rico the Lion) at Power 106′s Cali Christmas to discuss his personal and professional life.
“The boy’s growing up,” said Sean, who is engaged to “Glee” star Naya Rivera.
He revealed that the couple has set a wedding date, but stopped short of saying when they would walk down the aisle.
Plus, he shared his thoughts on Beyoncé’s surprise album and the follow-up to Hall of Fame.
After a busy year, he plans to take some time off for the holidays. In addition to donating toys to children in Detroit, he will spend Christmas with his fiancée and family.