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Interview:
Detroit rapper Big Sean has "Hall of Fame" ambitions
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Big Sean considers this weekend's performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre to be "the sequel" to his galvanizing December concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

But as is often the case, the Detroit rapper acknowledges the original set a high mark to top.

"I don't think I'll be able to duplicate that moment at the Palace -- ever," says Big Sean (nee Anderson), 25, who was joined that night by mentor Kanye West, Common, Mike Posner and others. "That was the first time we ever did anything like that. It was emotional. It was an out of body experience for me and for everybody in the city that as there, I felt like.

"This is the sequel to that show, and I'm gonna deliver the best I can. I'm not gonna try and choreograph the show too much; I'm gonna try to make sure we know the songs we're doing and take it from there, 'cause that's how we did it the last time, and it ended up being legendary. I'll definitely bring a couple of my friends with me as surprises guests, and I'm gonna deliver the best I can and be that home town hero."

The DTE show will cap an exciting week for Big Sean that includes the release of his second album, "Hall of Fame," as well as an event for his Sean Anderson Foundation at Eastern Market giving away 1,000 bags of supplies to Detroit Public Schools students. "This is a great moment for me, my second album," says Big Sean, who's getting mileage not only from the music but also a guest appearance by Miley Cyrus in the video for his current single, "Fire," as well as a free, non-album track called "Control" that features a controversial verse by guest Kendrick Lamar.

"This album just means more for me. It's my second time around. I have a lot more personal songs on there. You kind of get a sense of more of who Big Sean is at the end of this album, I think, than the last one (2011's 'Finally Famous'). It has the real side of me, the spiritual side of me, my perspective on Detroit and...everything that I've been going through the last year, year and half of my life, and even before that.

"It's something I'm very proud of, man."

The rapper -- who still resides in Detroit though he does most of his recording in Los Angeles -- is also happy with the timing of the album release and hopes it will put a better face on the city for those who are only hearing about its bankruptcy.

"I feel like I have a responsibility to point these issues out and put some attention on them and discuss them," Big Sean explains. "I talk about Detroit a lot on this album, I talk about the bankruptcy, I talk about how they (decreased) hours for the police force in the city. I feel like the more attention that's on them, the more things can get handled.

"I talk about all these different things that people can probably see on the news, but I feel like if I'm a representative of the city people have to know exactly what's going on.

Big Sean performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $25-$45 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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