G.O.O.D. Music’s John Legend recently reflected on lablemate Big Sean blowing up over the past year and what record, in particular, helped skyrocket his career to the top.
In Legend’s perspective, Sean’s 2011 “My Last” collaboration with Chris Brown blew up for him.
“Yeah, he’s a star now. He’s like, a legitimate star. It’s exciting to see it happen. I remember just hearing that song he had with Chris Brown in the studio,” Legend said referring to “My Last.” “It was crazy seeing it blow up the way it did because it felt like it had the possibility of doing that a few months before it came out. When it came out, it did its thing and it really put him on the map. And he just followed it up with quality, fun records. He’s really established his own persona. I think that’s really what you have to do. You have to use that push you’ve gotten from working with someone like Kanye, and use it to establish your own persona and have your own space in the game.” (Complex)
Over the summer, Sean said he wanted to reach beyond the fame of rap stars like Jay-Z.
“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. “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)
Last fall, Sean said mentor Kanye West previously 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)
Check out the “My Last” music video: