||Sean Michael Anderson
March 25, 1988 |
Santa Monica, California
||Detroit, Michigan, United States
||Rapper, singer, songwriter
||GOOD Music, Def Jam
GOOD Music, Kanye West, Mike Posner, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Tyga, Lil Wayne
Sean Michael Anderson (born March 25, 1988), better known by his stage name Big Sean, is an American rapper. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, and then in 2008 signed with Def Jam Recordings. After releasing a couple mixtapes Sean released his debut album Finally Famous in 2011 and is scheduled to release his second studio album Hall of Fame in June 2013.
Early life and career beginnings 
Sean Michael Anderson was born in Santa Monica, California, and he moved at two months old to west Detroit (6 Mile and Wyoming), where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He attended Detroit Waldorf School and graduated from Cass Technical High School with a 3.7 GPA. Big Sean is often heard saying "west side" in his songs; he is referring to the west side of his hometown Detroit, Michigan. In his later years in high school, Sean gained a valuable relationship with Detroit hip-hop station WHTD; he would show his rhyming skills on a weekly basis as part of a rap battle contest held by the station. In 2005, Kanye West was doing a radio interview at 102.7 FM. Hearing about this, Sean headed over to the station to meet West and perform some freestyle. Initially Kanye was reluctant to hear the emcee, however he gave Sean 16 bars to rap for him. According to Big Sean, Kanye enjoyed his freestyle: "As we get to the entrance of the radio station ... we stopped in the middle of the doorway. He starts looking at me and bobbing his head,". After the freestyle, Sean left Kanye his demo tape. Two years later, West signed Big Sean to GOOD Music.
2007–2010: Mixtapes and internet following 
On September 30, 2007, Big Sean released his first official mixtape Finally Famous: The Mixtape. His hit single, "Get'cha Some", produced by WrighTrax, attained media attention and led to articles in The Source and the Detroit Metro Times. He also recorded a music video for "Get'cha Some", which was directed by Hype Williams. Sean released a second mixtape hosted by Mick Boogie on April 16, 2009, called UKNOWBIGSEAN. It featured the songs "Million Dollars", "Get'cha Some" and "Supa Dupa". This mixtape includes 30 tracks. Sean released a third mixtape hosted by Don Cannon on August 31, 2010 called Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG. Features include Bun B, Chip tha Ripper, Curren$y, SAYITAINTTONE, Tyga, Drake, Mike Posner, Suai, Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth, Dom Kennedy, Boldy James, and Chiddy Bang. The mixtape includes 20 tracks.
An unauthorized leak of his collaboration with Drake, called "Made" made its way onto the internet on April 30, 2010. In an interview with TheHipHopUpdate.com on May 1, Big Sean expressed his disappointment over the leak, calling it an unfinished version both musically and verse wise. Big Sean's official Facebook page confirmed that his debut album Finally Famous & Consequence's Cons TV would be released on September 14, 2010. On August 31, Big Sean tweeted that the album was not coming out on that day, but it would be coming out sometime in 2011.
2011–present: Finally Famous and mainstream success 
Big Sean performing in London
, September 2012.
In an interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Sean discussed the role Kanye West and No I.D. have had in the development of his first studio album's sonic direction as well as the challenges of being inside the studio with West. The album's lead single, "My Last", features vocals from Chris Brown and was produced by No I.D. According to Amazon.com, Big Sean's Finally Famous was delayed by a week, with a tentative release date set for June 28. Big Sean has revealed the cover art for his G.O.O.D. Music debut and explained that the one-week pushback was to be blamed on sample and feature clearance issues. The official tracklist was revealed on June 7.
Finally Famous, Sean's debut studio album, was released June 28, 2011, and spawned three hit singles; "My Last", "Marvin & Chardonnay" and "Dance (A$$)". The album featured guest appearances from Lupe Fiasco, John Legend, Pharrell, Kanye West, Roscoe Dash, Wiz Khalifa, Chiddy Bang, Rick Ross, Pusha T and included production from No I.D., The Legendary Traxster, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Xaphoon Jones and The Neptunes. When the songs "O.T.T.R." and "Flowers" were leaked in July 2011, speculation began of a new mixtape. Sean confirmed in an interview June 28, 2011 that a collaborative mixtape between him and "two other guys in hip-hop that are just killing it right now" will be released "in a couple of weeks". Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, were the suspected featured rappers on the mixtape. However, Wiz Khalifa later confirmed that there would be no mixtape, claiming that the songs were created, "just for fun". Big Sean was arrested on August 4, 2011 for sexual assault at a concert in Lewiston, New York. On October 26, 2011, Big Sean pleaded guilty to second degree unlawful imprisonment, and was fined $750. The charges of third-degree sexual abuse were dropped. Big Sean's attorney, Scott Leemon, stated that Big Sean "...did not engage in any type of sexual misconduct.”
In September 2011, Big Sean confirmed in an interview with the Daily Tribune that he'll be working on his sophomore album during the I Am Finally Famous Tour and plans to release the album sometime in 2012. On October 19, 2011, Kanye West announced on his Twitter plans for a Spring 2012 GOOD Music album release. On April 6, 2012, "Mercy", the lead single from the GOOD Music compilation album, Cruel Summer, was released. The song, produced by newly-signed in-house producer Lifted, features Big Sean along with Kanye West, Pusha T and southern rapper 2 Chainz. Big Sean then announced his fourth mixtape would be titled "Detroit" and would serve as a lead-in to his second studio album. He then began promoting the mixtape, releasing short versions of the songs on his YouTube page.
Personal life 
It was announced on April 8th 2013 that he is currently dating Glee star Naya Rivera.
Style and clothing 
In late October 2008, Big Sean was featured in The Source and headlined the "Style" section of the magazine. In the article Sean talks about his own personal style and states that his favorite clothing brands are 10 Deep, Billionaire Boys Club, and Bape. Big Sean also posed in the Winter 2008 Billionaire Boys Club lookbook. Big Sean is also a consistent representative of Ti$A clothing and hats, along with Chris Brown and Tyga. Ti$A is a vintage company run by fellow G.O.O.D Music recording artist Taz Arnold. Big Sean is also a follower of the Rosewood clothing style.
- Studio albums
- Collaborative albums
- 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher (Kanye West, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & Common)
Awards & Recognition 
BET Awards 
Billboard Music Awards 
Grammy Awards 
MTV Video Music Awards 
BET Hip Hop Awards 
||Rookie of the year
||CD of the Year
|"My Last" (with Chris Brown)
||Best Hip-Hop Video
|Track of the Year
||"Mercy" (with Kanye West, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
||Best Hip-Hop Video
|Best Club Banger
|Reese's Perfect Combo Award
||Made You Look Award
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External links 
Big Sean - Guap (Explicit)
Buy Now! iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bsguapit Music video by Big Sean performing Guap (Explicit). ©: Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc.
Juicy J - Show Out (Explicit) ft. Big Sean, Young Jeezy
Get "Show Out" ft. Big Sean and Young Jeezy now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/showout Music video by Juicy J feat. Big Sean and Young Jeezy performing Show O...
NiteCap: Big Sean Talks Eminem, Rick Ross, Jason Collins, Love & Maturing
Peter Bailey shares a NiteCap with Big Sean on South Beach where the Detroit emcee discussed working with Eminem, Rick Ross controversy, Jason Collin, girlfr...
Big Sean - Dance (A$$) Remix ft. Nicki Minaj
Music video by Big Sean performing Dance (A$$) Remix. ©: Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group.
93.9 WKYS & The Urban Informer Interviews Big Sean
93.9 WKYS own @UrbanInformer sat down with Big Sean to talk new album, new girlfriend, and a list of other recent topics before his show at the Fillmore in S...
Big Sean Names The Sneakers He Would Never Wear
http://www.sneakerwatch.com - Big Sean details his adidas sneaker deal, names the prized possesions in his shoe collection and tell us what are the kicks he ...
Big Sean - Family
In the this installment of his vlog series, Big Sean reflects on his family while he travels from Detroit to Paris and everywhere in-between. http://uknowbig...
Big Sean on working with Kanye & Jay-Z - ASCAP EXPO
Rapper Big Sean discusses his journey to recording "Clique" with Kanye West and Jay-Z at the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.
Big Sean - My Last ft. Chris Brown
Music video by Big Sean performing My Last. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Big Sean Speaks on Kid Cudi Leaving G.O.O.D Music
Check out our interview with Big Sean as he talks about Kid Cudi leaving G.O.O.D. Music! Stay tuned for more exclusive videos from Big Sean's visit to the st...
Tue, 21 May 2013 07:17:42 -0700
They're one GOR-geous couple, aren't they???! After a romantic Hawaiian vacay, Naya Rivera and Big Sean continued their love fest at the premiere of the Hangover III in Los Angeles. We know they're a new couple, but we're already finding it hard to ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 10:32:02 -0700
Check out the below clip, which showcases an a cappella version of Jessie J's upcoming single "Wild." In the video, the soul/pop singer cuts the record in a studio with hit songwriter Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Toni Braxton, many ...
Fri, 17 May 2013 05:17:28 -0700
Jessie J has finally confirmed details of her new single 'Wild' announcing that she has collaborated with Dizzee Rascal and US rapper Big Sean, revealing the news on her Twitter page last night. The Voice coach has been teasing fans with her new single ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 12:14:14 -0700
Naya Rivera and her rapper beau Big Sean have hit up the sandy shores of Hawaii for a PDA filled vacation, and boy do they look adorable! Naya has some down time since wrapping up season four of Glee, and while Big Sean was on the island to work, ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 19:20:51 -0700
G.O.O.D Music's Big Sean has finally come clean on recently hooking up with fellow Detroit star Eminem in the studio and what it meant to meet his local hero in-person. Along with Em, Sean talked about Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 also being there.
Wed, 15 May 2013 11:36:39 -0700
Peter Bailey reconnected with Big Sean for a third time on NBC's NiteCap series. There the two discussed a bevy of topics, including his take on Jason Collins, his new girlfriend Naya Rivera, his fashion brand Aura Gold, and how it felt to finally ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:21:41 -0700
While he didn't confirm that any of the songs they worked on would appear on his next album, Big Sean did mention how they bonded over being from the Motor City. “It was crazy just coming from Detroit. We sat and talked for a couple of hours, even ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 15:53:11 -0700
In late April, a photo of Detroit emcee's Big Sean, Eminem, and Royce Da 5'9” surfaced online and consequently caused quite the stir on the internet. Details on the studio session have remained relatively scarce, but during a recent appearance on ...
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