Video: Mixtape Daily – Big Sean

Shouts to Big Sean, met him at that Def Jam 25 last week.

Previously: Video: Big Sean Performing at Def Jam 25 | Big Sean – UKNOWBIGSEAN (Mixtape)

via Shaheem // MTV:

Kanye West can’t tell you the complete background of one of his newer artists, Big Sean, but he can see his guy’s future. Sean may be the next mainstream hip-hop star coming out of Detroit.

“He put out mixtapes. … His story for me was I heard him rap, he killed it and he got signed,” Kanye said.

You couldn’t script Sean’s introduction to Kanye any better. Sean took a page right out of fellow Detroit native Eminem’s handbook and lost himself in the moment — when he was alerted by a friend that ‘Ye would be at a local radio station, Sean came down to try and get on.

“One summer — it was junior year, going into senior year — I had this weak job,” the now 21-year-old explained. “No offense to telemarketers, but I was a telemarketer making $100 a week. … I was cashing my check one Saturday, and it was for $100. One of my best friends called and was like, ‘Yo, Kanye is down at the radio station. If you go down there and rap for him, he’ll sign you.’ ”

In a rush, Sean left the check-cashing place before getting his bread and had to borrow $20 from another friend for transportation. When the youngster got to the station, he used his relationship with the staff to get close to Kanye. West originally denied him, then told him he had 16 seconds — that turned into 10 minutes.

“Kanye shook my hand and started walking away,” Sean remembered. “My friend was like, ‘You gotta go for it.’ So I tapped him on the shoulder and was like, ‘I’m an aspiring MC. I do this show every Friday. Can I rap for you?’ He was like, ‘No. I gotta go.’ I’m like, ‘Man, please — you’re my hero. Let me rap for you? Just let me spit for you.’ ”

Kanye softened up and let Sean rap for him as he walked out of the station. “As we get to the entrance of the radio station … we stopped in the middle of the doorway. He starts looking at me and bobbing his head,” Sean said.

A nervous Sean kept his head down, looking at the ground so he wouldn’t mess up. By the time his bars were done, a crowd had formed. He had a moment.

“It was like out of the movies,” Kanye remembered. “I could hear his personality and character and style in it. He just walked up to me and said a rap and I said, ‘I’mma sign you.’ That’s what happened.

“No, it’s not that easy — I’m not really signing acts,” ‘Ye added. “I wasn’t signing acts at that time. But I was so inspired by what he did. His voice was very compelling. His lyrics were very clever and the melodies and the way he was putting it together and his story. So it’s not that easy, but it’s a lot of people who rap who aren’t as dope.”

After losing contact then getting back in touch, ‘Ye brought Sean out on the road while he recorded Graduation. Eventually the Louis Vuitton Don signed Sean to G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam at the end of 2007. Sean turned down a collegiate career at Michigan State (he graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA) to pursue rap, realizing he couldn’t do both.

“He’s a perfectionist,” Sean says of working with Kanye. “He told me how to perfect my records and get them how you want them. You gotta prepare yourself. He taught me a lot. I get on tracks with him and I think I hold my own. It’s great.”

The Uknowbigsean mixtape is the precursor to his album Finally Famous, due later this year.

“It’s different things I go through, struggling through different situations — love, heartbreak,” Sean said about the content of the tape. “I’m not killing anybody. It’s how I feel at the time, at the moment. I wanted to make the soundtrack of people’s lives. I feel I can really relate to a lot of young people. People who tend to listen to my music have come back and said, ‘Yo, this is my anthem. This is what I live by.’ ”


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41 Responses to “Video: Mixtape Daily – Big Sean”

  1. dafirestarta Says:

    Soho low-end models > hoodrats in BK

  2. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    ecstatic

  3. D_block_4_life Says:

    I gotta find the good bars around here B…

  4. g7 Says:

    he’s aiight. nh

  5. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    xxlmag.com/online/?p=49556

    ^

    ecstatic moved 39,000 units the first week with zero publicity (ok fine zero mainstream pub – of course NR threw down for the homie)

    allahu akbar!

    dope ass album

    i might buy a couple more copies as gifts on the shtrenf

  6. Beezy Says:

    on West 4th?

    Fat Black Pussy Cat
    Town Tavern
    Off The Wagon
    McSorley’s

    need I continue…?

  7. FaMs! Says:

    dafirestarta Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    Soho low-end models > hoodrats in BK
    ________________

    Exactly, I learned to stop responding to idiots on here…they start believing we equals lol.

  8. g7 Says:

    ( o )( o ) Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 11:36 am
    *daps crazy and g7*

    ^*daps big homie and errybody else*

  9. dafirestarta Says:

    Off the wagon is pretty ill. Wicked Willy’s late on Saturdays > _____

  10. g7 Says:

    >>ecstatic moved 39,000 units the first week with zero publicity (ok fine zero mainstream pub

    ^majors don’t even lift a finger anymore.

  11. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    ok big homie, u right, son

    i’d let keri hilson sit on my face

    *sons self*

    she is fucking perfect

  12. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    u gotta love how mos will take time away from acting, record some sick tracks, and drop an album out of nowehere – no 17 mixtapes, no youtube vids where he’s talking greezy, just: here’s the music, hope u like it! amazing

  13. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    *daps bomber*

  14. D_block_4_life Says:

    on West 4th?

    Fat Black Pussy Cat
    Town Tavern
    Off The Wagon
    McSorley’s

    need I continue…?
    ^
    You are an alcoholic, lol, name a few more while you’re at it.

  15. Digital Scales Says:

    Peace to M-1 calling Asher Ross ”swine flu” lol

  16. Beezy Says:

    Exactly, I learned to stop responding to idiots on here…they start believing we equals lol.

    ^I def think its a good strategy, and trust I would never think you and I are equals…

  17. Big_Seth Don't Idolize America Says:

    Crazy story. The kid is def a good rapper. I’ll be buyin the album if it’s hot.

    He def has talent.

  18. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    McSorley’s

    ^

    lol @ irish pubs in the hood, type joints smell like skunky beer and rotten wood from a block away. type joint where the glasses are murky and the jukebox is always playing AC/DC

  19. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    Digital Scales Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 11:52 am
    Peace to M-1 calling Asher Ross ‘’swine flu” lol

    ^

    R O F L M A O

  20. dafirestarta Says:

    # D_block_4_life Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    on West 4th?

    Fat Black Pussy Cat
    Town Tavern
    Off The Wagon
    McSorley’s

    need I continue…?
    ^
    You are an alcoholic, lol, name a few more while you’re at it.

    ^^
    Word I need to write a few down. Wicked Willy’s had some nice latina biddies though a few saturdays ago.

    Dubbin to reggaeton/reggae with some PR/DR chicks >

  21. rex hussla Says:

    DALLAS — A captain on a Continental Airlines flight has died during the flight, says a person familiar with the situation.

    WCBS-TV in New York says the pilot died on a flight from Brussels and the plane was expected to make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport.

    A person close to the situation confirmed the death to The Associated Press but gave no other details. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.

    Continental did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  22. FaMs! Says:

    Soho > Williamsburg > Times Square > Dumbo

  23. Beezy Says:

    Fat Black Pussy Cat
    Town Tavern
    Off The Wagon
    McSorley’s

    need I continue…?
    ^
    You are an alcoholic, lol, name a few more while you’re at it.

    >>Caliente Cab (this would be a great lunch spot)
    Down The Hatch
    Thirteen
    Fiddlesticks
    Wicked Willy’s
    Slaughtered Lamb

  24. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    Fiddlesticks

    ^

    *suicide it’s a suicide*

  25. FaMs! Says:

    Big_Seth Don’t Idolize America Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 11:52 am
    Crazy story. The kid is def a good rapper. I’ll be buyin the album if it’s hot.

    He def has talent.
    __________________________________

    UKNOWNBIGSEAN is sooooooo slept on

    1. Intro
    2. Supa Dupa
    3. UKNOWBIGSEAN

    Some of my favorites

  26. rex hussla Says:

    The father of American Idol runner-up David Archuleta was charged with soliciting a massage parlor prostitute, stemming from a raid in January.

    During the raid, Midvale officers found one client receiving services, according to news reports.

    “Two of our detectives went back to that room to stop the activity,” Midvale Police Sgt. John Salazar told news outlets. “Inside they found a female masseuse and male client. At that time an interview ensued and the male client admitted to receiving sexual gratification from the masseuse.”

    Jeff Archuleta, 41, was that male client, according to court documents.

    ________________________________________________________

    LMAOOOOO

  27. TheCo!!inB Says:

    chea, where the eff you been as far as Hilson is concerned?! if I wasn’t married i’d eat her asses ass.

  28. V.I Says:

    shut up bitches

  29. Mr. Hannukah Says:

    what up six

    @ collin i’ve been sleeping son

  30. Lelan Says:

    Yall illy im iller im from illinois a big sean call up ya chi town boyz

  31. Big_Seth Don't Idolize America Says:

    & FTR

    I was Big_seth before I heard of Big Sean. I’m also older which means he bit his name from me.

    LOL.

  32. Prince Says:

    yo is this sean kid nice for real.. any mixtapes yall suggest?

  33. TheCo!!inB Says:

    so Casket how many Pandas would you give that Big Sean mixtape?

  34. g7 Says:

    Bomber Says:

    June 18th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    *would dap errybody, but still new here and scared nahggers might leave me hangin, so just stands in the corner and waits for oppty to say something funny*

    *daps*
    *stamps Nah approved on forehead*

  35. Lelan Says:

    THE CANNON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. sleep to D_block use-a hunky Says:

    My nigga nas u keep taking Ls wtf.

    »»»»Cheating on a preg wife

  37. Lelan Says:

    *Daps bomber*

    *slips him the pink lava lamp mixtape by charles hamilton*

  38. Beezy Says:

    Soho > Williamsburg > Times Square > Dumbo

    ^Dumbo is the shit….very artsy but great parks.

    How is Times Square even in discussion?

    West Village > Murray Hill > Chelsea > East Village > Rivington/LES > Hell’s Kitchen > E40s > Greenwich Village > Koreatown > any place in the city Casket ever steps

  39. FaMs! Says:

    UKNOWNBIGSEAN mixtape would get a deserved 3.5 on a scale from 1 to 5. Intro and Supa Dupa gets banged on repeat daily…you can hear Detroit’s signature soul sound in Supa-Dupa.

  40. Bones Jackson Says:

    UKNOWBIGSEAN is on point…even though the title is very much a lie.

  41. Bones Jackson Says:

    DO I REALLY NEED A INTROOOOOO…

    Yes you do Big Sean…Yes you do…

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