Rolling Stone recently sat down with Big Sean to speak about a number of things including, Kanye West, threesomes and his upcoming album, “Hall Of Fame”. Below, you can take a look at an excerpt from the new feature.
When he released his debut album, Finally Famous, in 2011, Big Sean was still searching for artistic direction. “I wasn’t all the way comfortable in my skin,” he says, checking in with Rolling Stone from L.A. on a recent afternoon. “I was really just finding who I was as an artist.”
Since then, the 25-year-old rapper born Sean Anderson has been, well, everywhere: his debut’s raunchy, booty-praising single “Dance A$$” cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100; Sean featured heavily on last year’s G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer– including turns on standout cuts “Mercy” and “Clique”; and he greatly increased his mainstream appeal with a guest spot on Justin Bieber’s mega-smash single “As Long As You Love Me.”
“People started to see more of my maturity and more control over my artistry, my flow,” he says of the past two years, which also included the release of his own Detroit mixtape last year. “This is just a more controlled Sean,” he adds of his current self.
Now the Detroit-bred MC’s full attention is on his forthcoming second album, Hall of Fame, due on August 27th. Recorded primarily with legendary hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Jay Z) and his childhood friend-turned-producer, Key Wane, Sean contends the album is a “classic.” He catches himself mid-sentence. “But I don’t want to hype it up too much or anything,” he says. “People hear ‘classic’ and they expect like Jesus Christ to be on there rapping. What I mean by ‘classic’ is it’s a pure body of work; there’s quality songs.”
West first discovered Sean outside Detroit radio station 102.7 FM, in 2005 and eventually signed Sean to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint. West still remains highly active in Big Sean’s career: He periodically popped into recording sessions for Hall of Fame and offered suggestions. He even gave Sean the beat for his most recent single, “Fire.” (“‘You should use this beat. It sounds like classic Big Sean,’” he recalls West saying.)
Where Finally Famous was stocked with features, Sean says he purposefully limited the number of guests this go-round. “I have some very important ones, of course,” he says, mentioning un-credited vocal assistance from Pharrell Williams on”Nothing Is Stopping You” and official turns from Nas (“First Chain”) and Nicki Minaj (“MILF”). The latter track, which details the struggles of a child dealing with his mother’s boyfriends, is one Sean feels passionate about (despite the absurd title).
“It’s a thing in society that is so relevant,” he says. “You bump into situations where your momma had a boyfriend or maybe you’re fucking a girl who’s a mom and her kids had disagreements with you. It’s an issue in America.”
It’s not the only song that showcases Sean’s more serious side. On “World Ablaze,” featuring instrumental accompaniment from session wizard James Fauntleroy, Sean raps about providing words of comfort to the ill (yes, really!). “Sometimes no matter how sick somebody is or how fucked up something is you have to tell them they’re gonna be all right. Sometimes it isn’t [true] but the most important thing is you have to tell them things are gonna be OK.”
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