DETROIT -- There wound up being something to see at a listening party for Big Sean's new album on Sunday night, Jan. 29, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).
Besides just playing the entire "I Decided" set -- which comes out digitally on Friday, Feb. 3 -- for the invitation-only crowd, the West Bloomfield-based rapper "performed" it as the recording played. Sporting all black -- hoodie, T-shirt, pants, baseball cap -- and white tennis shoes, with a pair of Michigan-shaped medallions around his neck -- Big Sean started at the front of the room and worked his way to the rear, interacting with fans and embracing and bring producer Key Wayne front and center during the track "Jumping Out The Window."
"I'm super proud of it," Big Sean (nee Anderson) said of the album after the playback. "It's by far my best project I've been involved with. I hope you guys support it." He added that he was also happy to have the first listen to the full album in his home town.
"A lot of people didn't want me to have the first listen in Detroit -- or a listen in Detroit at all, 'cause of the cost and money and all that...," he revealed. "I said f*** all that...I was mad I couldn't have a listening before the album came out last time (2015's 'Dark Sky Paradise').
"It means a lot to me personally to do it in Detroit, man. I just got to let you guys know I rep for the city. I know the position I'm in; There's not too many in my position, and we'll keep kicking that door open."
The session let the audience -- which included Detroit rapper Ro Spit and Ypsilanti's Neisha Neshae, who will be opening some shows on Big Sean's upcoming tour -- get an early of not only the released singles "Bounce Back," "Moves" and "Halfway Off The Balcony" but also other tracks like "The Light" and "No Flavors," the latter of which features a guest appearance from Eminem.
Big Sean also revealed that Detroit will be one of four cities to host pop-up shops this week selling his music and merchandise. The rapper will be performing on April 1 at Detroit's Fox Theatre.