G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean recently talked about his status in the rap game and why he does not enjoy the same critical acclaim hip-hop heavyweights like Jay Z and Kanye West receive.
During a recent listening session, Sean talked about putting together his upcoming Hall of Fame sophomore album and how far he is willing to go to prove he’s an elite emcee.
“Sometimes people don’t consider Big Sean as one of the best rappers because Big Sean has only put out one album,” Sean explained. “Going into this album, I had the mind state of thinking, ‘All right, I’ve been on basically songs with everybody I really respect in the rap game.’ From Jay Z to Kanye to the newcomers, the new guys. And I always stand on my own, I always stand out and you can never say I’ve never done a feature where someone’s out-rapped me on and it’s crazy because a lot of those songs, I submit my verse first and then people like Kanye or Jay Z or whoever will get it. It just goes to show you I’m here for a reason, I wonder why people don’t consider Big Sean as one of the best rapeprs. They might consider J. Cole is one of the best rappers, they might consider Drake one of the best rappers. I’ll hop on a song with Drake and out rap him, you know what I’m saying? And that’s my homie. [laughs] I’m here to be a legend.” (Real Talk NY)
Last summer, Sean said he would push hip-hop’s boundaries to become the best.
“He actually told me that I was going to be the best. But I took that as the potential, because he speaks with so much passion,” Big Sean said in an interview referring to Kanye West. “What he meant was, I’m his protégé, he took me under his wing. I’m in the studio hanging with him and Jay-Z, I’m in the studio with Nas, I’m in the studio with everybody, and it’s like, if I don’t take it past where they took it, then what the hell am I doin’?” (MTV)
Sean previously said Ye had proclaimed his future outlook alongside rap mogul Jay Z.
“I think he wants the best, just somebody that he thinks has the potential to be bigger and better than him, his protégé or whatever,” Sean told Peter Bailey. “I remember we were standing next to Jay-Z and he was like you’re gonna be the best rapper, talking to me. And Jay was looking like, ‘Yeah, whatever.'” (NBC Nitecap)
In June 2011, Yeezy appeared at Sean’s Finally Famous debut album listening session and proclaimed the rapper’s greatness.
“Big Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever because he literally got signed off of a freestyle, to now…having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world,” Ye said. “What Beyonce is to R&B…Big Sean can be to rap.” (YouTube)
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