While his [article id="1614206"]mentor, Kanye West[/article], 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 [article id="1639562"]Finally Famous mixtape[/article] 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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