“RapFix Live” is back this week with a new day on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, and our special guest is G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam rapper Big Sean. The Detroit MC and 2010 XXL Freshmen 10 alum will be fresh from rocking South by Southwest this past weekend with Jay-Z and his G.O.O.D Music family, including mentor Kanye West.
Big Sean first made a name for himself about four years ago when his song “Getcha Some” was a standout on West’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape.
After catching Yeezy at a radio station and impressing him with an impromptu audition, Sean passed on a scholarship to Michigan State University to tour with West and eventually signed with the Chicago rapper’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint in 2007. Since then, Sean has released three volumes of his Finally Famous mixtapes (The Mixtape, U Know Big Sean and BIG) to keep his fans satiated, and he was also a regular on West’s G.O.O.D. Friday music leaks. After a few delays, Sean’s long-in-the-making debut album, Finally Famous: The Album, has an official release date of May 3.
MTV News caught up with Big Sean in the studio as he worked with No I.D. on his debut album — also titled Finally Famous. Sean told us that while he’d had the opportunity to work with some hip-hop notables, getting to that point hadn’t been easy.
“I look back, and these last few years have been life-changing as far as, you know, I met with the legends. People I consider legends, still do, Kanye, Jay-Z, Common, been in the studios with them,” Sean said. “Kanye saying my raps [are] not good enough, you know I would play songs for Kanye in the studio all the time, and he would shoot them down, but all that did was make me better and made me who I am today.”
Don’t miss “RapFix Live” with Big Sean on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com.