Big Sean definitely deserves a lot of respect for being a young and focused individual going really HARD (pause) to make a name for himself. The Detroit rapper has taken the opportunity handed to him by Mr. West and is not even trying to look back. He’s featured in the newest issue of haute culture NYC glossy, Interview Magazine, and in it, he talks about his music and style influences, what he’s learned from being around Jay-Z and Kanye, and where he sees himself in the next five years.
Check out an excerpt from the Q&A below and see the accompanying pics on the following pages. One thing though, this dude tries a little too hard to be a rapper/model and to be absolutely honest, we are not seeing the model thing at all – what do you think?
Q: It feels like Kanye’s grown so much since “College Dropout,” and the palette of things he’s been inspired by—in terms of music and style—over his career is pretty extensive. Are you starting to feel influenced in the same regard, or is it too early?
A: I haven’t seen anything too crazy yet. I’ve been around the world once and seen things that have inspired me, but as far as style, I’m pretty into the stuff I’m into and the clothes I like. I think I’ve still got a lot of growing to do as a person—this is my first album, so maybe if you ask me that question later, I’ll have a different philosophy on life. For now, I’ve been concentrating on the music. But what happened with Kanye was music took him around the world, and he was able to intake so much and learn so much about style. I’m pretty sure that will happen to me.
Q: Everybody knows you have a great relationship with Kanye, but I’m curious about your correspondences with Jay-Z.
A: He’s a great guy. He’s like Kanye’s big bro—he’s family. We’ve had dinners where we just kick it with each other and talk and I just soak up knowledge from him. Once, we were in the studio and we just talked for hours—it was just me, him, Kanye and I think NO ID was there, and I was just thinking “Damn, how did I get here?” Jay-Z is definitely a person who doesn’t give a Isht and, from an OG’s standpoint, lets you know if you made a mistake so you don’t make another.
Q: With so many big stars helping shape your career, I have to ask: where do you see yourself in five years?
A: That’s a good question. I think I just want to be remembered for my story and as an example to always move on the impulse of your heart, and not give a Fawk what people think. When I graduated from high school, the teacher said I was throwing my life away following music, and the same teacher invited me back to speak at the school. I don’t say that to brag, I just want to be an example. I never want to look back on life and say I wish I did something, and I don’t want anybody else to do that. I want my music to and serve as a message for this—my music to ride to, smoke to, have sex to, cry to, and just live to.