Kanye West Protege Big Sean Talks Being Finally Famous

'I used to ride to high school listening to Kanye,' the MC says of being signed to West's G.O.O.D Music.

Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label is gearing up for a banner year. The rapper/producer’s G.O.O.D Music Grammy Family boasts some of the most anticipated albums of 2010: Kid Cudi is set to release his newly reworked sophomore effort, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Common is working on his The Believer album and West is reportedly aiming to deliver his Good Ass Job this fall. But one project that has the streets seriously excited is Finally Famous, the debut album from the roster’s youngest member, Big Sean .

Earlier this year, Sean was named one of XXL‘s Freshmen 10 , and MTV News caught up with the Detroit rapper on the set of the cover shoot for the magazine’s buzzed-about issue. Sean opened up about his upcoming project (still without a release date), saying it represented more to him than just getting on.

“I’m calling it Finally Famous because, basically, that’s how I live,” Sean explained. “I feel like when you’re famous for something, you’re being recognized for it. I threw that ‘finally’ in front of it just to symbolize and point out the struggle that I always had to go through.”

And Sean acknowledged that he had some key backers helping him to get to this point. Signed to Def Jam and G.O.O.D Music, Sean’s Famous counts L.A. Reid and West as executive producers. Sean cited both Kanye and (West’s mentor) producer No ID as influential in his own development. The A-list producers are onboard for his debut, alongside the Neptunes and lesser-known producers like Wright Traxx and Chris Liggio.

“Man, it’s unreal. I used to tell people that I used to ride to high school listening to Kanye,” Sean recalled. “Listening to people like Pharrell, and looking up to people like L.A. Reid, so getting a chance to know them now, to work with them, to do business, that’s unbelievable. It’s like super dream come true.”

The “Supa Dupa” MC’s debut will feature collaborations with most of his G.O.O.D family, as well as Drake and The-Dream, but he was excited about a track he recorded with Pharrell called “Donald Trump.”

” ‘Donald Trump’ is more inspirational. It’s just about, like, reaching a certain point of success. Like Pharrell is singing on the hook, ‘I’m trying to stuff it till I can’t get no more/ I’m talking Donald Trump level.’ He’s not even necessarily talking money — he’s talking knowledge and power and all of that.”

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