Curator Profile: Big Sean
Big Sean’s career has exploded in the last 2 years since the release of his debut album ‘Finally Famous.’ In addition to being recognized by GQ Magazine as 2012’s ‘Hottest Rookie’ and picking up honors at the 2012 BET Awards for ‘Best New Artist,’ Sean most recently received double Grammy nominations for his collaboration with mentor Kanye West for “Mercy” which also featured G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam label mate Pusha T and 2 Chainz.
With over 2.9 million Facebook fans to date, over 3.9 million Twitter followers, over 85,000 YouTube subscribers, and more than 46 million YouTube views worldwide, the Detroit MC has been in overdrive since 2007, when his Finally Famous: The Mixtape was first issued, followed by Finally Famous Vol. 2: UKNOWBIGSEAN (2009), Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (2010) and most recently Detroit (2012) which was certified “Diamond” by host DatPiff with over 1.6 million downloads.
His debut major label effort, ’Finally Famous’(released June 2011) made an impressive #3 Soundscan debut in the U.S., inauguratingKanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music joint venture with Island Def Jam Music Group. Rolling Stone gave the album 3½ (out of 4) stars, and USA Today gave it 3 (out of 4) stars. The New York Times declared “the fun is contagious,” and used the words “clever,” and “confident,” to describe the best-selling record. Sean subsequently came in #5 on MTV’s “Hottest MCs” List of the Year, boosted by his MTV VMA nomination for Best New Artist. A slew of BET awards nominations last year included Rookie of the Year, CD of the Year (for ”Finally Famous), and both Best Hip Hop Video and Track of the Year (both for “My Last”). ’Finally Famous’ spun off a triumvirate of crossover hits by Sean that drove album sales for most of 2012: the RIAA gold “My Last” featuring Chris Brown (#1 Rap, #4 R&B, #30 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts); the RIAA gold “Marvin & Chardonnay” featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash (#1 R&B, #4 Rap, #32 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts); and the RIAA double-platinum “Dance A$$ (Remix)” featuring Nicki Minaj (#2 Rap, #3 R&B, #10 Hot 100 on the U.S. charts).
25-year old Sean Anderson started rapping as a 12-year old at the progressive Waldorf School in Detroit. In high school, he and a friend formed a duo, then entered and won the “Friday Night Cipher” MC contest at hip-hop radio giant Hot 102.7. The win earned them a spot to rap live on-air every Friday night for nearly a year. It was on one of those Friday nights around 2005 that Sean encountered Kanye West (back in the Late Registration era) who agreed to hear the teenager’s freestyle. It was the contact of a lifetime, which led to Sean’s signing with G.O.O.D. Music in late 2007, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam in 2008.