Fresh off his fiery freestyle at LA Leakers on Thursday, Big Sean wasted no time “going right in.”
Recruiting friend and frequent collaborator in Hit-Boy, the pair seem to have evolved into a super rapper-producer duo over the years. Sean Don’s new track “What A Life” showcases the Grammy-winning rapper going “off the dome” and delivering more blazing fast bars about reflecting on success and proving doubters wrong in the process.
Going against me is worse than going against the grain
Only get one life, swear I almost died twice
I went triple platinum more than three times
What a life
I feel like God went and blessed me with a trick dice.Big Sean — “What A Life”
Sean’s LA Leakers freestyle reminded fans just how skilled the Detroit wordsmith was, putting immense momentum leading into “What A Life’s” release. He bodied each track with finesse and potency at Power 106, rapping over Jay-Z’s “Dear Summer,” Drake’s “Love All,” Kanye West’s “Hurricane” and Nardo Wick’s “Who Want The Smoke??”
“What A Life” features the incredible ear of BET’s Producer of the Year in Hit-Boy, who’s 2020-21 catalog is virtually untounchable. Working with Nas, Freddie Gibbs, Jay-Z, Benny The Butcher and more, he and Big Sean return with an eerie string sample complete with classic Detroit bounce. Sean bobs and weaves his bars over the track, as every lyric seamlessly cascades with one another on each passing verse.
In a barrage of tweets leading up to his LA Leakers appearance, Sean took to Twitter Thursday to provide some updates about his life, career, new music, his brotherhood at GOOD music, the future and speaks on how he’s continued to “prove himself” over and over again.
I also really miss the brotherhood I use to have with GOOD music, I don’t know what happened. Guess those the GOOD ol days. It’s all love, but we use to really be clique’d up— Sean Don (@BigSean) October 21, 2021
I take pride in being versatile but I can also see how’s its helped and hurt me in my career. Cause some people hear a song n think I’m just that, or a certain type of artist when I actually have many sides. I can Out rap anyone, but sometimes I just wanna jus vibe or have fun 🤟🏾— Sean Don (@BigSean) October 21, 2021
I do get tired of being judged n take personal offense when someone thinks I can’t rap 😂. I literally have proven myself over and over and over, but maybe I should just stop caring so much what people think and stop taking things personal and just get back to having fun…— Sean Don (@BigSean) October 21, 2021
Been locked in and have a lot planned for anybody who supporting n ride for me. Ain’t fans, y’all fam at this point! New music, merch, bars, ideas, energy, etc, basically just all sides of me I wanna share! If u got love for me I need to see you step up for me, and show up 4 me!— Sean Don (@BigSean) October 22, 2021
Releasing his sixth full-length studio album Detroit 2 in September 2020 — packed with 21 tracks and a star-studded feature list — the album served as an ode to Sean’s illustrious career, his humble beginnings and paid homage to the music that envelopes his roots. More recently, he released the 10-year remastered anniversary edition of his debut album Finally Famous.
As Big Sean continues to do big things, it’s clear that the Detroit native is one of the most talented bar-for-bar lyricists of our generation.
Watch Big Sean and Hit-Boy’s “What A Life” below!