Jay-Z mistakenly called G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean Little Shawn during his New York City Watch the Throne listening session a couple of weeks back. Yesterday (July 25), during his interview with Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez, Sean was asked if he’s ever met the ’90s rapper and if he’s ever been called that name instead (because, truth be told, Big Sean isn’t, er, big at all).
Although the two rappers aren’t connected, they’ve been hearing about one another a lot these days. But aside from having similar monikers, do the rappers have anything else in common? XXL digs deeper to see how similar — or not — the Seans/Shawns really are. —Gina Montana
RAP NAME: Big Sean
BORN: Santa Monica, CA
RAISED IN: Detroit, Michigan
OCCUPATION: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper
AFFILIATES: Kanye West, Cyhi Da Prynce, Mike Posner
CLAIM TO FAME: Signing to West’s label in 2007 after rapping for him outside a radio station. Releasing his debut album, Finally Famous, on June 28, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
LIQUOR OF CHOICE: Chardonnay, like the title of his hit single, “Marvin & Chardonnay,” featuring Kanye West.
OUT-OF-CHARACTER MOMENT: Crying during his New York City album listening after West said he has the potential of becoming the Beyoncé of hip-hop.
RAP NAME: Little Shawn
BORN: New York
RAISED IN: New York
OCCUPATION: Personal trainer at a NYC Sports Club
AFFILIATES: Notorious B.I.G.
CLAIM TO FAME: He released an album called Voice in the Mirror in 1993. Although it didn’t chart, his singles “I Made Love (4 Da Very 1st Time)” and “Hickeys on Your Chest,” garnered mainstream attention, including the latter being mentioned on Biggie’s song “Party & Bullshit.”
LIQUOR OF CHOICE: “Dom Perignon,” like his 1995 single, featuring Notorious B.I.G.
OUT-OF-CHARACTER MOMENT: In 1998, Shawn began serving a jail sentence for an unknown crime.