Sean Micheal Leonard Anderson who is better known as the Detroit-bred MC, "Big Sean" was born in California on March 25th, 1988. At a very young age Big Sean and his mother would relocate to Detroit where Big Sean would form the foundations for his musical dreams. Sean's aspirations to become an MC started at the age of 12 and as he grew up he would develop a unique but smooth flow with a dash of dazzling wordplay. Whilst in high school, a friend and himself won a Cypher contest at a radio station which would land them a spot to rap live on the air for about a year straight. At this infamous radio station, "102.7 FM" on one of those Friday nights in 2005, Big Sean would meet his idol, the Chicago born artist, "Kanye West". He would spit a 16 bar freestyle for Kanye as he was leaving the building and Kanye was impressed enough to take Sean's demo. Just two years later he would be signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music label at the end of 2007 and then appropriately so he would be signed to Def Jam Records in 2008.
Big Sean would release his first mixtape in September of 2007 named, "Finally Famous: The Mixtape". The mixtape bolstered standout tracks such as "Getcha Some" & "Dreams" which landed Big Sean his own articles in the staple Hip-Hop magazine, "The Source". About two years later in April of 2009 he would release his 2nd mixtape effort, "UKNOWBIGSEAN" which housed the hit tracks, "Supa Dupa Lemonade" & "Desire, Want & Need". Big Sean's third and final installment in this mixtape series, "Finally Famous: Volume 3: B.I.G." which included 20 tracks bolstered with heavy features that included but are not limited to, "J.Cole", "Kanye West", "Dom Kennedy" and "SAYITAINTTONE" (2010). The mixtape was carried by the hit songs, "Too Fake", "Fat Raps Remix" & "What You Doin". This would perfectly prime Big Sean to work on his debut album that would release the next year.
"Finally Famous", Big Sean's debut album release under Def Jam Records ultimately did not become a successful album commercially (2011). The album would only manage to move a bit under 400,000 units but the songs, "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay", & "Dance (A$$)" would end up earning double platinum status as singles. Big Sean broke through commercially when he illustrated his slick wordplay on the album's promotional single, "I Do It". During this time, Big Sean was also doing collaborations with Pittsburgh native rapper, "Wiz Khalifa" & New Orleans bred OG MC, "Curren$y" in the marijuana focused track, "Flowers". Big Sean made it a habit to absolutely kill his guest verses such as the platinum selling single with his G.O.O.D. Music group on the track, "Mercy". Sean's sophomore album, "Hall of Flame" (2013) was home to the successful singles, "Fire", "Guap" & "Beware" that featured the LA based artist, "Jhene Aiko" & "Lil Wayne". Once again, the album would not be commercially successful although it was received by contemporaries as an improvement from Big Sean's initial debut effort.
Big Sean details in this Complex interview that he became officially managed underneath Roc Nation umbrella with his label mate Kanye West in September of 2014. Almost immediately afterwards, he released 4 songs to the internet that seemed to be on the subject of his past relationship problems. These songs were, "I Don't Fuck With You", "Paradise", "4th Quarter" & "Jit Juke". "I Don't Fuck With You" would ultimately be his third album's, "Dark Sky Paradise" most successful single and would finally push Sean's third album effort to Number 1 on Billboards Top 100 list during its initial release. The album would prove to be Big Sean's best effort as it was received with mostly positive reviews and acclaim over the rest of his previously released music. Officially the album made Big Sean a platinum selling artist as the album would go on to sell a bit over 1,000,000 units. The album featured another standout track with Kanye West, "All Your Fault". This track clearly showed Big Sean's undeniable growth as an MC and as an introspective artist as well. Big Sean is also featured on the hit song, "Blessings" with Toronto's finest, "Drake".
Big Sean constantly drops songs on his Soundcloud such as this track, "Me, Myself & I Freestyle". Big Sean is undoubtedly one of Detroit's finest and he stops at no lengths to rep his city and motivate others with his self-made motivational videos such as, "Fear", "Imagination" & "Risk".
We encourage you to check out Big Sean's music below and to educate yourself further on one of Detroit's rising stars!