Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits

Big Sean "Memories" (2010)

Album: Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam

“This was before my junior year in college, so this was around summer of 2010. I had just turned twenty, I was working this shitty-ass job at this car wash. I wouldn’t say shitty, because it got me through the times, but it wasn’t somewhere I wanted to work, because I was making beats and stuff. I remember I was at a lot of the sessions for Sean’s Finally Famous Vol. 3 mixtape, because they were recording downtown, and I was always downtown.

“I remember one morning—I just remember it was a Sunday morning—I had all my equipment set up in my momma basement, because I was home for summer break from college, and I was just going through beats, and I just made it. The only thing I remember from that day is it was a Sunday morning, and I woke up and made it, and it took me a good hour to make it. I saved it, and I was just like, ‘I’ll play this for Sean when I see him, before I go back to school.’ I remember I went over to his grandma crib, and we was just chilling. We was watching TV before he had to go to the studio, and I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to play you some beats.’

“I was about to click this one beat, and I thought that was the name of it, but I was like, ‘Damn, let me figure this out.’ So I clicked the track to the left of the track I was intending to pick, and it was that track, and Sean was like, ‘Oh shit, start that over. Start that over.’ And he was like, ‘Damn you got to give that to me.’ I gave him the track, and I remember before I left to get my car to go back to school—like I literally went back to school that next day—and he was like, ‘Man I’m about to make this like a really big song. I really love this song. It’s going to be a good record.’ It turned out to be a really timeless, just good song.”

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