BIG SEAN: I Decided (CD)
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BIG SEAN: I Decided (CD)
Release date: February 17, 2017.
The 14-track project will feature guest appearances from the likes of Eminem, Jeremih, Migos, The-Dream, Twenty88, and Starrah.
Sean previously spoke of the Eminem feature, which is said to be an especially memorable appearance that doesn’t immediately sound like the legendary rapper.
“He was the only person I heard that could be on that song to keep it honest,” said Sean of Eminem’s appearance on “No Favors.” “It kinda reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan, and why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. The way he’s unique — he’s special … When he did this verse it brought that feeling right back to me. Like, this is like a brand new energy.”
His current single is titled “Bounce Back,” but Big Sean doesn’t need to bounce back from anything at the moment. He’s on a roll.
On Friday, the Detroit rapper releases his fourth album, “I Decided.” It’s his follow-up to 2015’s “Dark Sky Paradise,” which featured the career smash “IDFWU” and the Grammy-nominated “One Man Can Change the World” and solidified his status as one of today’s top rap talents.
In January, Sean — born Sean Anderson and raised on Detroit’s west side on Northlawn near Livernois and Outer Drive — made his debut appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” In recent weeks, he also turned up on “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” appearing on both not as a performer but as a sit-down guest.
“Bounce Back,” meanwhile, was recently certified gold — signifying sales of 500,000 units — and has racked up more than 75 million streams on Spotify. Its official video has been viewed more than 35 million times on YouTube, and the song is No. 15 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
“Sometimes I feel like things go so good for me that I feel like it’s my second chance here to do it all right,” says Sean, who’s seated inside a darkened corner suite at Detroit’s MGM Grand hotel. He’s eating a takeout order of wings from Sweetwater Tavern and resting up before making an appearance at Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, where he’ll play his new album for a small gathering of friends, family and assembled media.
The second chance scenario is part of the loose narrative that drives “I Decided.” The album is about being granted a do-over at life and living out your days with the wisdom of your older self.
“If this was your second chance, if this was your opportunity to get it right, and you looked at life that way every day, you might approach your mission in life a little differently,” says Sean, who’s dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt with his new album title scrawled on the front, a black knit cap, comfortable black pants (also emblazoned with the “I Decided” logo) and loose-fitting socks. “In 2017 and in these times, I feel like that’s more than needed right now.”