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Interview:
Detroit is home, not work for Big Sean
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Home, being Detroit, is where Big Sean's heart is.

But it's not necessarily where he hangs his hat as a Grammy Award-nominated rapper.

The MC (real name Sean Anderson), a graduate of Detroit's Cass Technical High School, has recorded the bulk of his material, including his album's "Finally Famous" and last year's "Hall of Fame," out of town, mostly in Los Angeles. "I just don't really like working in Detroit," says Sean, 26, who got his recording deal Kanye West's GOOD Music label after rapping for West during a visit to WPZR-FM in Mt. Clemens. "Maybe it's because I worked in Detroit before my whole life. I just can't get inspired for some reason.

"And a lot of my producers, like No I.D. and Pharrell (Williams) and people I work with usually work in L.A. or different places. So I kind of work out there, and when I go home I like to just go home. I don't like working at home."

Sean is certainly busy, wherever he operates. In addition to the "Hall of Fame" album's he's been a featured guest recently on songs by homeboy Mike Posner, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Rick Ross, Justin Bieber and more. And when he's not playing live these days he's busy working on new music, whose nature is being kept under wraps.

But Sean says his primary hope is that each thing he puts out will show significant growth from what he's done before.

"That's why I'm an artist, 'because I want to express myself," he explains. "I want to give people inspiration. I want to help people through what they've got going on and not just always prove that I'm a good rapper. I want to prove that I'm a great artist. That's the mindset I'm in now and hopefully always will be and just make it better each time out."

The Big Show at the Joe, with Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, J. Cole and Ty Dolla $ign, takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Joe Louis Arena, 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $20-$125. Call 313-471-6606 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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