While his mentor, Kanye West , has recently been busy in the studio (and relishing all things Web 2.0), Big Sean is just enjoying the moment. The Detroit MC released the third installment of his Finally Famous mixtape series, titled Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big, on Tuesday afternoon (August 31).
Hosted by DJ Don Cannon and featuring production by Cannon, No I.D., West, Key Wane and the Olympicks among others, the tape already has the Twit-o-sphere buzzing. It’s also packed with guest verses from the likes of ’Ye, Bun B, Asher Roth and Chiddy Bang on the Hockey-sampling “Too Fake.”
Sean’s mixtape continues his “finally famous” theme, which he earlier explained doesn’t mean that he’s finally become a bold-face name, but rather that he’s celebrating the grind on the way to gaining recognition.
“The twists and turns I had to go through, unbelievable, man,” Sean told MTV News. “I’ve seen and go[ne] from doing shows in Detroit and getting booed, to people just looking, to a couple people knowing the words, to doing sold-out shows with thousands and thousands of people just knowing it. And it [comes from] years of grinding, man.”
Vol. 3: Big combines songs old and new, including the previously leaked “Made” featuring Drake. Also making the cut is “5 Bucks” featuring Curren$y and Chip Tha Ripper, which samples the Luniz’s classic “I Got 5 on It.”
MTV News caught up with Big Sean earlier this summer in the studio as he worked with No I.D. on his debut album — also titled Finally Famous. Sean told us that while he’d had the opportunity to work with some hip-hop notables, getting to that point hadn’t been easy.
“I look back, and these last few years have been life-changing as far as, you know, I met with the legends. People I consider legends, still do, Kanye, Jay-Z, Common, been in the studios with them,” Sean said. “Kanye saying my raps [are] not good enough, you know I would play songs for Kanye in the studio all the time, and he would shoot them down, but all that did was make me better and made me who I am today.”
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