Big Sean Vs. Little Shawn

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

AGE: 23

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

AGE: 41

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.

  • Super Mario Soul Brother

    “Crying during his New York City album listening after West said he has the potential of becoming the Beyoncé of hip-hop”—- This nigga gay. He should have been called Gay Sean

  • El

    @ super mario..LOL,LOL u killin me!

  • Ack-God

    Sean Pen has the history of an NYC Gee from BK. Never compare that dude to Big Sean. They don’t rap the same and to tell the truth…a lot of Jay-Z’s early NYC rap game SWAGG he owes to Little Shawn/Shawn Pen.

  • KANDI

    PLEASE PEEPS. LIFE IS 2 SHORT. LETS STOP THE INSTIGATING. DAGG! A MIX UP OF NAMES? STOP THE STUPIDITY.SHAWN PEN AKA LIL SHAWN IS DOING GOOD THINGS. TO TOP IT OFF, GOSPEL+ WHICH MEANS GOOD NEWS. BIG SHAWN IS UP AND COMING TOO. DONT YOU HATERS HAVE WORSE THINGS TO SOLVE? DONT BE A CRAB IN A BARREL LIKE “THEY” PLANNED FOR OUR PEEPS 2 BE. LETS HOLD EACH OTHER DOWN IN A GOOD WAY. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR PEOPLE. I HOPE YOU CAN DO THE SAME. GOD BLESS. SINCERELY, KANDI