Interview: Big Sean Talks "My Last," His Relationship With No I.D., and Feeling Abandoned

Interview: Big Sean Talks "My Last," His Relationship With No I.D., and Feeling Abandoned

On working with Wiz Khalifa on Cabin Fever

“Me and Wiz are homies, that's one of my best friends in this music game. He's a real G. He let me know the other day that he reached out to me in like '07, back on Myspace. I told him I never saw it, but he said he's been fucking with me since then. I always respected him. Years ago, when he came to Detroit to perform I reached out like, ‘If you need anything let me know.’ So, we just been homies for a long time. And I was just at his crib out in L.A. [recently] and we were just kicking it, chilling out, and he was like, 'Man, let's do some music together.' And that's how that happened. Two days later, he put it out. Me and him got a lot more work coming together too.”

On his relationship with No I.D.

“I met No I.D. through Kanye. Kanye took me under his wing when he was working on Graduation before I signed to him. He just took me under his wing and had me in the studio with him and No I.D. was always there. That's Kanye's mentor and he would help out a lot. Then, for a while, No I.D. was appointed the president of G.O.O.D Music. He's not [the president] anymore but he was for a little while. I was one of the acts that he really wanted to work with first. We just had a great working relationship. He's a real O.G. and I'm a young G, so when you’re both G'd up you just can relate on a personal level. And our work started speaking for itself. We just had a click. And a click between an artist and a producer is sometimes hard to find. He's my favorite person to work with. He's definitely been a mentor for me, along with Kanye. They're both my mentors. [No I.D.] sheds a lot of knowledge and he's an example of how somebody in the game should welcome young people. You know, there are some older people that are trying to solidify their spot and they don't wanna share with younger people because they feel like this and that. But he'll have young producers come in and he'll try to show them what’s up. [He’ll] give them game instead of trying to conceal anything from them.

Once I started getting a little more popular, some of my friends kinda turned on me a little bit. [They were] thinking I'm supposed to be putting them on too and it's like, ‘Man, I'm not even on myself.’

“One thing I learned from him is, when people do you wrong, don't shut them out or become their enemy. Just know them for what they are. Even with friends—I feel like once I started getting a little more popular, some of my friends kinda turned on me a little bit. [They were] thinking I'm supposed to be putting them on too and it's like, ‘Man, I'm not even on myself.’ It was just a real big misunderstanding. [In the business] everybody is not your friend [so] don't get too attached because it's a cold business and people will turn their back on you quick. Don't always be so open to being somebody's friend. Another thing he taught me is to be yourself and not care. You can't forget that music isn't how you feel really. Sometimes, when you get labels behind you, you get wrapped up in this game and you forget to have fun with it. One of the things that he reminded me to do is to just have fun with it.”

On his relationship with Mike Posner

 

“We knew each other before we were signed. I met him about five years ago when we were seniors in high school. I used to go to this radio station [102.7 FM, a local radio station in Detroit] all the time—that's how I met Kanye. It was through my relationships at the radio station and doing this show called the ‘Friday Night Cypher’ where emcees would rap on air. We'd have to battle each other and we'd rap on air for like 30 minutes. [Mike Posner] was an intern at the radio station. People don't know this, but Mike Posner used to rap. He was a rapper, but he made beats and I was like, ‘Man, what's up on some beats?’ It was crazy because we were complete opposites but we connected. I'm black from the hood, and he's like white, Jewish, and from the suburbs. He had money and I didn't have money, but we still connected on the music level. It's crazy how music can really bring people together and create the best friendships. We’re buddies for real. We're actually gonna do a project together. Either an LP or just a mixtape. It's something we're doing real soon though. I'm not sure if it's gonna be before my album or after, but we'll see. It's for sure gonna happen though.”

 

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