By Rob Markman
Big Sean holds himself to a high standard. His debut album Finally Famous set the G.O.O.D. Music MC up for a pretty bright career in rap, but Sean isn’t ready to rest on his laurels just yet. “I feel like when I dropped my first album, I was still coming into myself as an artist,” Sean told MTV News in May. “I have a better sense of who I am, what I represent, who I represent.”
Sean hasn’t announced the title of his next LP, but he did confirm with MTV News that it will come later this year, after G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation is released. He says that now he has a different mentality than he did on FF, which yielded hit singles like the Chris Brown-assisted “My Last” and “Dance (A$$),” a few all-star collaborators won’t hurt either.
“I’ve been in the studio with ’Ye, talking with ’Ye, building ideas with No I.D., even with Nas, with other people and really talking to ’em and soaking up where their minds is at,” Sean said, “Then taking that and applying it to what I know myself. It ain’t no choice but to be good.”
It was during his tour last year that Sean began to develop more as an MC. “I also have a sense of how people look at me, just by going on tour, my first solo tour, sold-out tour and seeing the people and kids who looked at me as a role model,” he said. “That’s when I realized when you got the mic, you got the crowd, you gotta say something, or else your moment in time is wasted. It’s just a whole different thought mentality.”
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