G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean recently reflected on the impact he has had on his Detroit, Michigan hometown and how proud he is of his Motown roots.
Talking to radio personality Tim Westwood, Sean recalled how proud he has made his grandmother.
“When I got the key to the city when I got back to Detroit, [it was best moment in my career],” Sean explained. “When I [looked at] the expression on my grandma’s face — she wanted me to go to school and I didn’t go and to just see her so happy and proud and to see my mom so proud and be able to support them, that was the best…It’s tight that I could be a vessel for my city, as a Detroit player and just carry that legacy. I’m just excited to be here. I’ll be as exhausted as I’ve ever been, but you’ll never here me complain. I’ll tell you I’m tired, but I’ll never be like, ‘I don’t wanna do this’…I’ll always do what I can do until I can’t do it. Flat out.” (Tim Westwood TV)
In June, Sean talked to SOHH about his new Finally Famous album representing Detroit.
“H*ll yeah, I represent Detroit in everything I do,” Sean told SOHH when asked if he is ready to carry the torch for his city. “That’s my city, they show me love. Detroit is a city where you have to earn your love. I earned their love and they show me love back. Everything I do is for my city. Detroit has the most soul in the world and I feel like it’s my shot to show it to the whole world and show a different perspective than Eminem shows. But shout-out to Em, shout-out to Kid Rock and Royce Da 5’9, Trick Trick, Slum Village, Street Lord.” (SOHH)
Sean also said if fans listen closely, they can notice the multiple Detroit rap influences in his music.
“H*ll yeah I was influenced by Detroit rappers,” Sean added. “I feel like you can hear the lyricism from Eminem, Royce Da 5’9 in my music. I try to keep some soul in my music as well. You can hear the J. Dilla, Slum Village. I feel like every Detroit artist you can hear a little bit of them in me.” (SOHH)
A month prior, Detroit’s eLZhi talked to SOHH and gave his impression of the hip-hop rookie.
“We done kicked it out in L.A. together and he pulled me out on stage and introduced me to ‘his’ audience of fans who might not know who I [am],” eL told SOHH. “It’s much love to him. He’s a real cool brother and I definitely like what he’s doing. I let him know numerous amounts of times that I’ve seen him out there [and] I like what he’s doing. What’s crazy is [rapper] Mike Posner is trying to get me and Big Sean on a record together. So once everybody is free and able to do that, we’re gonna jump in the studio and knock that out. It’s just a matter of timing. I got with Mike Posner [about a month ago] and he said, ‘Let’s make it happen.’ Everybody is definitely down to do it, we’re just trying to figure out when the time’s right.” (SOHH)
Check out Big Sean’s interview below: