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G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean recently discussed putting together his new Detroit mixtape and why his city is aching for a fresh hip-hop artist to steer it to the top.
In Sean’s perspective, his new Motor City-themed mixtape is strictly to uplift the D.
Big Sean doesn’t wear a cape or cowl, but when it comes to Detroit hip-hop, the G.O.O.D. Music MC is akin to Superman. “My city needs a hero, straight up,” Sean told Mixtape Daily of Detroit. No question Motown has bred some of the game’s best talent like the deceased Proof and beloved J Dilla, as well as the likes of Royce da 5’9″ and highly worshipped Eminem. Since dropping his debut album in 2011, Big Sean has cemented that name on the list. “I named the mixtape Detroit. I feel like it’s suitable,” he said. “Of course that’s where I’m from, but on top of that, it’s where I grew up, it’s where I became a man, it’s where I made myself at. All the memories I have from there, plus it tells different stories.” (MTV)
The rapper’s newest mixtape also shines light on local-gone-global rap star Royce Da 5’9 who offers a guest verse.
Detroit the latest release from the Detroit native, shows Sean coming together with a string of other artists and producers such as Wale, Tyga, Mike Posner, Royce da 5’9″, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. The result is an album-quality free release, and one that should not be missed by both casual fans and hip-hop “Stans.” Detroit boasts strong lyrics and delivery with tracks such as “RWT,” the catchy track about the use of marijuana that surprisingly lacks Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa or Chiddy Bang (Disclaimer: I do NOT endorse the use of illegal drugs, but this track is catchy). (Daily Free Press)
Fellow Detroit rap veteran eLZhi talked to SOHH last year about his admiration toward Sean.
“We done kicked it out in L.A. together and he pulled me out on stage and introduced me to ‘his’ audience of fans who might not know who I [am],” eL told SOHH. “It’s much love to him. He’s a real cool brother and I definitely like what he’s doing. I let him know numerous amounts of times that I’ve seen him out there [and] I like what he’s doing. What’s crazy is [rapper] Mike Posner is trying to get me and Big Sean on a record together. So once everybody is free and able to do that, we’re gonna jump in the studio and knock that out. It’s just a matter of timing. I got with Mike Posner [about a month ago] and he said, ‘Let’s make it happen.’ Everybody is definitely down to do it, we’re just trying to figure out when the time’s right.” (SOHH)
Last summer, Sean told SOHH his Finally Famous debut album would help shine more light on Detroit’s presence in hip-hop.
“H*ll yeah, I represent Detroit in everything I do,” Sean told SOHH when asked if he is ready to carry the torch for his city. “That’s my city, they show me love. Detroit is a city where you have to earn your love. I earned their love and they show me love back. Everything I do is for my city. Detroit has the most soul in the world and I feel like it’s my shot to show it to the whole world and show a different perspective than Eminem shows. But shout-out to Em, shout-out to Kid Rock and Royce Da 5’9, Trick Trick, Slum Village, Street Lord.” (SOHH)