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Big Sean addresses mental health issues on 31st birthday

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Big Sean made his 31st birthday a chance to reveal some recent struggles with mental health.

In three Instagram videos posted Monday, March 25 -- two of which were titled "Clarity" and "Unconditional Love" -- the Detroit rapper said that last year, around his 30th birthday, he decided to seek therapy. "It was good for me, but it was wild for me too because I felt like something wasn't all the way connecting with my energy," Big Sean (nee Anderson), sporting a white "Can't we all get along?" T-shirt, explained. "I wasn't feeling like myself and I couldn't figure out why. I stepped back from everything I was doing because somewhere in the middle of it I just felt lost and I don't know how I got there."

He added that meditation, which he's been doing since he was 17, was no longer helping him cope with anxiety and depression. "So I knew this required some special attention. I started therapy. I got a good therapist. I was blessed enough to talk to some super spiritual people and they made me realize one thing that I was missing in my life. And one thing I was missing was clarity. I needed clarity.

"Clarity about who was around me, what I was doing -- even in music, which is my happiness, my joy, that was always an escape for me, was starting to feel like a burden, it started to feel like a job. I had a lot of toxic relationships around me. Even the relationship with my mom was getting to a point where we wasn't talking like that and it was just weird because that had never been like that with me and her. I realized it all started with me and I had to analyze myself. I couldn't point the finger at anybody else. I had to point it at myself."

Big Sean said he started getting out of his comfort zone, doing things like skydiving and other activities that pushed him in new directions and shook him out of his funk. "I started realizing that you can't give or depend on somebody for love or a good time if you can't give it to yourself," he said. "I definitely rediscovered myself and found a whole new energy, and me being a source of it, not somebody else.

"Then I started getting back to making the music and it started being fun again. I'm making the best music of my life."

Big Sean's last album, "I Decided," came out during February of 2017, while "Double or Nothing," a collaboration with Metro Boomin', dropped 10 months later. He was apparently working on Monday as well, posting a photo of fellow rapper A$AP Rocky with him in the studio, as well as another photo of him having birthday cake with family and friends.

The rapper canceled a spring 2018 concert tour that included a show at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena, ostensibly in order to focus on making new music but also due to the mental health struggles.

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