G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean recently talked about being on Kanye West‘s label and feeling pressure to compete with label mates Common and John Legend.
Sean credits West for helping mold his current rap style and techniques.
“At first I was always feeling pressure, you know, being on a label with Common, John Legend, and all these other great artists,” Sean revealed in an interview. “It’s a roster full of great artists. You know [Kid] Cudi, GLC…the list goes on and on. I definitely would always feel pressure, but then you got to remember that you are there for a reason. I always got to remember that I am just as good as they are, in [the] sense of why I am on the label. You just always got to remember that. I feel like Kanye [West] has definitely molded me artistically and taught me a lot of things. Before he signed me, he took me under his wing just to show me how to make an album. He taught me a lot of different methods; he taught me not to write my lyrics down, just premeditate them. So I don’t write none of my raps, I just think them. The list goes on and on, on all the things he’s taught me. You definitely feel the pressure, but a little pressure’s good.” (Hip Hop DX)
Last April, Sean said West and other producers were involved with his upcoming debut album.
“Working with Kanye is one of the greatest things ever,” Sean said in an interview. “It’s also one of the most nerve-wracking things ever. He’s like the most critical, particular, artistic person ever. But man, without him, I wouldn’t be sh*t. I recognize that he’s one of my greatest mentors musically, and I love him for everything he’s done for me. It’s unbelievable, man. He shows you different methods of music. He always tries to re-invent, make new things and trends all the time, so getting the co-sign from him was one of the biggest things that could ever happen to me. People are gonna see all the growth from my mixtapes to my next mixtape and album. Kanye had a lot to do with that, as did No I.D. and Pharrell.” (Complex)
Sean recently shared his feelings on West’s upcoming Good A** Job album.
“I feel like Kanye’s albums are always groundbreaking and I’m sure he’s gonna do that with his next project,” he said in an interview. “It’s great. It’s hip-hop. I feel like Kanye always does a great job of reinventing himself and I want him to shock the world. People are going to love it.” (Rap-Up)
He has also confirmed West’s Good A** Job album and his debut would hit stores in September.
“September 14, 2010 My album Finally Famous x Kanye West album Good A** Job x Kid Cudi album Man on the Moon pt 2 RT #GOODMUSIC,” he wrote over the weekend. (Big Sean’s Twitter)
Listen to Big Sean & Kanye West’s “Glenwood” below: