Kanye West’s Good Music artist Big Sean talks exclusively with WHO?MAG TV. Big Sean, who won both a BET and a Billboard Award for his smash hit “Mercy”, talks about meeting Kanye West and more. .
|Interview conducted by Will Hernandez of WHOMAGTV.com/whomag.net
WHO?MAG: How did you hook up with Kanye West?
So I walked out of line. The line was so long on a Saturday afternoon at the bank. So I walked out without cashing my check and I was like super broke. Luckily one of my other friends had money and Tone told my friend with the money that I was about to go down the radio station and rap for Kanye, so my boy gave me $20 to drive down there. All he asked was if he could come with me. Since I have been doing a radio show there every Friday where rappers come and battle each other on air, so I have a great relationship with the radio station. And it was Saturday, and they do their show every Friday, so I was just there the day before. So I went to the radio station and said something like I left something there because I was just there last night and they let me in since I got that relationship.
So anyway, I caught Kanye as he was walking out. Right before his bodyguard slammed me and was like “what’s good?” I told him I was an aspiring MC, I do the show here every Friday and can I rap for you? He was like “man, I gotta go, I gotta go”. I said “please man, you’re my hero. Can I just spit something, you know, your killing it”. He said “alright, but you have to rap while we’re walking out the station.” So as we were walking out the station, I knew it was my one chance to live an irregular life and be what I want to be, so I spit my heart out and I ended up spitting for like 10 minutes. He told me I only have 16 bars, but I rapped for 10 minutes. And a big crowd came out when I was done and started clapping. That was a big moment. I gave him a CD and he listened to it. And the story goes on and on, but it took years of going back and forth of him sending me beats until he was finally like, man I want to sign you. And eventually, I signed to Good Music.
WHO?MAG: How much of an influence has Detroit had on your music?
WHO?MAG: What are some more of your influences?
WHO?MAG: How is it working with No I.D.?
WHO?MAG:: How is it working with Kid Cudi?
WHO?MAG:: Anything else you want to tell your fans?