Plenty of people have opinions about [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist], but relatively few can say they formed them by being part of the rapper/producer's inner circle. [artist id="2811091"]Big Sean[/artist] has been running with Kanye since the Chicago hip-hop superstar was recording his third album, 2007's Graduation.
Yesterday on "RapFix Live," the 2010 XXL magazine Freshmen alum spoke about the trepidation he felt when he first started working with Yeezy. "Being around a legend like that is nerve-racking," Big Sean told MTV News. "It seemed like everything I brought him he would always be like, 'Man come on, you need to do better, you need to do this,' like when I first signed to him. I was always nervous, like, 'Dang, he's going to drop me, he think I'm wack.' But I worked hard and now when I bring him music he's like, 'You going to be the greatest man. Yes, I knew you had it in you.' He's definitely the most intimidating person I've ever been in the studio with."
Since formally signing to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007, Big Sean has become one of Kanye's go-to collaborators. Although the Detroit rapper does not drop a verse on Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he was on a number of the G.O.O.D. Fridays leaks, including "Good Friday," "Don't Look Down" and "Looking for Trouble." Sean also was present for the album's storied recording sessions in Hawaii, and shared one of its most humorous moments involving Kanye.
"The atmosphere there was crazy," Sean said. "One of the funniest stories of all time was when Kanye was making a beat in front of everybody in the room. And he was making a beat, making a beat, and everybody was just tuned in, like, 'Dang, Kanye making a beat,' and he was like, 'I know what you're thinking, Yes, Kanye West is making a beat right now.' He kids around a lot."
Big Sean went on to assert that his mentor's reputation for being difficult is overblown. "People think he has like a stuck-up attitude or is an a-hole or whatever, but he's really one of the most nicest people out the hood," Sean maintained. "I always say, 'What kind of a-hole would get me out the hood and ride my mom around in his Maybach?' "