Big Sean Teases Mixtape With Two "Big Ass Artists"; Addresses Haters And Imitators
Sean Anderson’s transition from “Finally Famous” to “Famous Finally” has been remarkable to watch over the past couple of years. After making an impressive run on the mixtape circuit with his appropriately titled “Finally Famous” series and the Mick Boogie hosted “UKNOWBIGSEAN,” being named to the XXL Freshman Class of ’10 and inking a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, Big Sean took his craft to the next level and proved that he can be a mainstream star with the release of his Def Jam debut Finally Famous.
It’s been nine months and Sean’s debut album and he’s still going strong. But aside from having a strong debut album for his core fan base, Sean has proven his longevity as his collaboration with Nicki Minaj “Dance (A$$)” has gone on to reach double platinum. The Well Versed caught up with Big Sean after his performance at MTV’s Spring Break in Las Vegas to discuss his success.
“I can’t even explain it,” Sean said to TWV. “Some artists fade out and some artist fall off and I just keep progressing. I can’t be more happy about it. It’s everything that I’ve dreamed of. And now that I’ve broken through on a somewhat commercial level I get the opportunity to influence and change the world.”
When asked how he plans on executing his plans to change the world, Sean ponders for a minute before discussing his impact on hip-hop culture. “I really feel like I influence hip hop already,” obviously citing his influence on the return of snapback caps his rhyming style. “I’ve heard so many songs that are about to come out that sound like ‘A$$.’ I’ve heard people use the Supa Dupa Flow…I’ve just heard the influence in music and I can’t wait to influence the world and inspire people.”
When speaking of the Supa Dupa Flow (which he addressed in last year’s interview with The Well Versed), Sean knows that this has been a touchy subject in hip-hop and has played a part in dividing the new era of emcees from the older artists that helped pave the way. Of course this leads to the war of words between Big Sean and Ludacris over the origination of the Supa Dupa Flow. Ludacris fired off a salvo with last year’s “Badaboom.” Although he continues to shrug off the beef, Sean admits that he was once a fan of Ludacris and now is relatively surprised to see him at odds with a rapper he grew up listening to. “It’s crazy! I remember getting a Ludacris CD in the sixth grade for Christmas. But that shows me how well I’m doing the people I used to look up to as a kid are now the competition. That’s inspiring.”
As for Ludacris and some of the new generation of emcees catching heat from their elders, Sean sees it as a ploy to remain relevant rather than any real ill will. “I just think people are trying to get attention,” Sean says through a coy smile. “I don’t really give a fuck though. I’m just going to do my thing. I don’t really care about Ludacris in any way. It don’t even matter. I’m pretty sure he’s gonna…nevermind. I do wish much success to him and I hope he continues to be a great rapper.”
The only thing Big Sean is concerned with now is his new mixtapes and sophomore album. Since releasing his debut, Sean hasn’t put out much in terms of new music. But that’s by design and he’s ready to deliver the goods in the coming months.
“I’ve just been making sure my next move is right because you can fuck it all up and I’m not about to fuck it all up. It takes time to make an album,” the Detroit emcee says. Sean reveals that a collaborative mixtape is on its way featuring two other heavy hitters in hip-hop. “We have a group mixtape coming, I’m not going to tell you with who but it is with two other big ass artists. We’re about to drop that.”
Considering that Sean has teased a mixtape with Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y for the past year and the trio have worked on a few songs together, one might assume that the long-awaited mixtape is on its way. However, Big Sean won’t confirm or deny that the mixtape is with those artists. Aside from that, Sean is putting the finishing touches on a mixtape strictly for his fans that have been down since day one. “I’ve also got a mixtape that I’ve been working on for just my core fan base, big believers and everyone repping ‘Finally Famous.’”
As you can see, Sean is planning for 2012 to build upon his impressive 2011 campaign. He’s as hungry as he has ever been and is confident that we have yet to see the best of Big Sean.
“This is just the beginning. I’ve only put out one album. I have at least have ten more. It’s going to be progressive. It’s going to be music that changes the world and progresses their minds and lives. You can ride to it, smoke to it, party to it and dream to it because that’s what I do.”