It’s going to be a hot summer. Just ask G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Big Sean, whose first album, Finally Famous, debuted at #3 on the Billboard albums chart after it dropped in June. Now Sean is setting things off as the first of MTV Jams’ 2011 Fab 5.
Conceived in 2005 on MTV Jams, the Fab 5 is a collection of the most outstanding new hip-hop artists of the year who have made a visual impact on the road to releasing their debut albums. Fab 5 alumni include Juelz Santana, Tony Yayo, Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi and Drake. This year MTV Jams, MTV News and Sucker Free will bring you 2011’s hottest new hip-hop upstarts, and Big Sean is up first!
In the past year, Sean has emerged from being a G.O.O.D. Music understudy to one of the main stars on Kanye West’s squad. With his playful flow and witty lyrics, Sean proved this year that he can make hit records when he snagged the #1 spot on Billboard’s rap singles chart with “My Last” featuring Chris Brown. He also just shot the video for his next single, “Marvin & Chardonnay.” The K. West and Roscoe Dash-assisted track is poised to pick up where his last hit left off.
But who is Big Sean exactly? In his own words:
“Big Sean is a Detroit player, a dreamer. Somebody who went against the grain who realized following your heart is way more important than following your head. And somebody who when I look back on life, I don’t have to say, ’I wish I coulda, woulda, shoulda did anything.’ ”
The pint-sized MC got his moniker because of a 6’8″ friend who had the same name. “His name was Sean too, so they called me Big Sean and him Little Sean, just to be funny,” he said. “It’s way fresher for me to be little and people have to call me big.”
Since rolling with Team Kanye, things have only gotten bigger, and the fame has brought about some strange occurrences for Sean, especially on Twitter. He recalled a time when someone posted a childhood picture, lifted from his grandmother’s house, on the social networking site. “I’m like, ’How the hell did you get this picture?’ ” he said. “The Internet is powerful; it’s crazy.”
Wise words indeed. Sean also reveals that if he were down to his last $10, he’d splurge on … who else but himself? “I would spend it on the best album in the world: Finally Famous.” That he is!
Check back here every Monday for the next four weeks to find out who will join Big Sean in the Fab 5. And tune in to “RapFix Live,” where each artist will be highlighted.