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In this episode of ILLROOTS Portraits, Big Sean talks about the moment he started to see his potential as an artist begin to flourish. The Detroit MC says he received the book Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks from his mother at the age of 19. After reading it, Sean began to practice what the authors preached. Since then, he hasn't looked back. "It taught me so much about manifesting what I want by creating what I want, visualizing and feeling what it is to have it," he says. "Once you get that belief in your head, just really believing in yourself more than anything, that's when everything starts to unfold."

Big Sean's sophomore album Hall of Fame is out now. If you enjoyed this episode, watch Vic Mensa's spotlight for ILLROOTS Portraits below.

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