Big Sean Says Kanye West, No I.D. and Nas Helped Changed Mindset

Big Sean feels like he has a better understanding for who he is, while working on his next album, and he has some of his elders to thank.

“I’ve been in the studio with ’Ye, talking with ’Ye, building ideas with No I.D., even with Nas, with other people and really talking to ‘em and soaking up where their minds is at,” Sean recently told MTV News. “Then taking that and applying it to what I know myself. It ain’t no choice but to be good.

“I feel like when I dropped my first album, I was still coming into myself as an artist,” Sean added. “I have a better sense of who I am, what I represent, who I represent.”

The G.O.O.D. Music MC from Detroit proceeded to tell MTV that his fans have helped him gain a better perception of himself.

“I also have a sense of how people look at me, just by going on tour, my first solo tour, sold-out tour and seeing the people and kids who looked at me as a role model,” he said. “That’s when I realized when you got the mic, you got the crowd, you gotta say something, or else your moment in time is wasted. It’s just a whole different thought mentality.”

Sean has been building momentum toward his sophomore LP with standout contributions on G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy” and Meek Mill’s “Burn.”

Sean recently shut down rumors about the LP being named “Swerve,” a popular catchphrase the rapper uses often.

“Swerve is just my ad-lib…it ain’t going to be the title of my next album,” he told XXLMag.com. “That’s a good- ass title, though. I ain’t mad at it. That’s just something we made up. We’ve been saying that for years in the D, so yeah, it might be.”

Although the LP is still untitled, Sean did reveal that producer and fellow Detroit native, Key Wane, produced his first single.—Jakinder Singh

  • Mario

    Now Drop FFOE I Heard You Say You Got Too Many Records Let Us Hear Them Come on Man I’ve Been Waiting Since I Saw You Last November Boi!

  • JK

    I hope this means Big Sean will rap about something other than shaking ass.

    I’m not saying he can’t rap, but the subject matter is lame, always ass and money.

    So much shit is going on in the world, so much to rap about but these rappers all sound the same.

    Context is everything

  • dxb

    “I ain’t no choice but to be good.” You don’t see quotes like that on CNN.com.