Big Sean always knew he wanted to be in the Hip-Hop world ever since he was a teenager. Sean had a dream and he worked hard to make it a reality, with some help from Kanye West.
While speaking on Behind Every Man, Sean recalled battle rapping for a local radio station when he was 16-years-old and Kanye West made his way to Detroit to promote his studio album Late Registration around that time. Sean talked about how he met West.
“I was ready for the world. Kanye walks out the room looking like a superhero. It was like, crazy. I just remember being so nervous, but I had enough confidence to walk up to him, tell him that he was my hero.”
Sean then begged West to give him the chance to rap for him right there and then. West agreed and told him he could only rap 16 bars while leaving the radio station.
“I start rappin’ and the 16 bars turned into 10 minutes.”
West asked Sean for a CD and was impressed with his skills, but wasn’t immediately signed as West claimed he had too many artists on his G.O.O.D. Music label. Sean’s brother said that for two years, Kanye West sent Sean beats and Sean would rap over them and send them back for further critique.
All this would lead to Big Sean ultimately making his big break into the Hip-Hop world.