NEW YORK — [artist id="2811091"]Big Sean[/artist] held an exclusive listening session for his debut album, Finally Famous, on Tuesday. The MC’s oft-delayed album is finally set to arrive in stores June 28 via G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam, and a star-studded group gathered to celebrate and get a first listen.
The event was held at the swanky Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, with assembled celebs including Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, New York radio personalities DJ Enuff and Angie Martinez and, eventually, G.O.O.D. Music head honcho [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist].
With introductions out of the way, Big Sean took to the stage, where he sat in a white chair with a projection screen to his rear. While expressing thanks for all of the support he has received from family, friends and his record label, the Detroit rapper became teary-eyed. “I’m not no bitch or nothing, man; this is a real moment,” an emotional Sean said as the crowd of VIPs, music journalists and industry pros cheered him on.
Sean went on to play Finally Famous, in its entirety, rapping along to the tracks while video images played on the screen behind him. Titles like “Marvin & Chardonnay,” featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash; “Dance (A$$)”; and “Live This Life,” featuring The-Dream, elicited good feedback from the crowd. Renowned Chicago beatsmith No ID, whom Kanye West considers his mentor, produced the majority of Finally Famous. Other guests on the album include Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang (on a song called “High”), as well as Dwele, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco and John Legend.
At the end of the listening session, a tardy Kanye West (“I apologize I was a little bit late, I had a throne to watch,” he joked) got onstage and heaped praise on his G.O.O.D. Music protégé.
“I believe Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever, ’cause he literally got signed off a freestyle,” said Yeezy, who was wearing a Dallas Mavericks cap. “To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyoncé is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music. As far as G.O.O.D. Music go, the swag is just all the way up, this is what we do to the fullest!”
The track list for Big Sean’s Finally Famous:
» “I Do It”
» “My Last” (featuring Chris Brown)
» “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
» “Wait for Me” (featuring Lupe Fiasco)
» “Marvin & Chardonnay” (featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash)
» “Dance (A$$)”
» “Get It (DT)” (featuring Pharrell)
» “Memories, Part 2″ (featuring John Legend)
» “High” (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang)
» “Live This Life” (featuring The-Dream)
» “So Much More”
» “What Goes Around” [Bonus]
» “Celebrity” (featuring Dwele) [Bonus]
» “My House” [Bonus]
» “100 Keys” (featuring Rick Ross and Pusha T) [Bonus]
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