Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Big Sean "Intro" (2011)

Album: Finally Famous
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam

“That was one of the greatest days, because I was considering quitting my job at the car wash that I was talking about earlier. I used to work there like every other summer. I was like, ‘Something has to pass.’ I was praying everyday. I just believed. I knew God sees me working hard, and then I got a phone call one day from the label, like, ‘We’re using ‘Memories’ as the intro to Sean’s album. Send us over the stems, we’re going to switch a few things up, and we’re going to send you some paperwork.’ I was just supremely hyped. I don’t know how old I was. I told myself—I always set these dates and goals—but like, ‘Man I would just love if before my 21st birthday, I get an album placement.’ Two weeks before my birthday I got the phone call. It was like speaking positives into existence. It’s some real shit man. I just prayed everyday. That was my first placement.

“It’s just basically a continuation of where Finally Famous Vol. 3 ended off. It’s great that he got to expand on that on his first album, which was really just dope to me.”

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