Fame and fortune are wonderful, but as we've learned by watching the careers of so many artists, it often comes with a hefty price tag. One of the consequences of living in the limelight is having to deal with an "under the microscope" mentality, believing that every waking moment is being critically examined by the world. Paparazzi, rumors, set-ups—being an artist in 2016 is brutal.
Detroit legend-in-the-making Big Sean has dealt with plenty of rumors during his tenure as a top-tier artist, and on his latest single, "No More Interviews," Sean addresses a lot of the bullshit and behind the scenes issues that he's been facing over the past year.
Sean's tone and demeanor throughout the song fell somewhere between agitated and collected, but the emcee made clear he's sick and tired of answering lame-ass interview questions and dodging baseless rumors and faux-beefs.
Naturally, this got us thinking: what would an actual interview be like if Sean's lyrics were his answers?
There's only one way to find out...
Whattup Sean? How have you been lately, what have you been up to?
Reporting live from Hawaii with my girl, I brought sand to the beach.
Um, alright. Like, they didn't have enough sand? Or...you don't like Hawaii's sand or something?
Oh yeah, is that what you heard? Believing everything that you hear without confirming it first?
Nah, you know wh—nevermind. Sorry about that. Moving on, would you like to address your personal life?
My ex wanna write a tell-all. Fucked up thing about it is she ain’t even tell all. Like how I introduced her to meditation, positive thinking, and the books she probably read in daily rotation.
Woah. That's a crazy situation. Does that weigh heavily on you?
I’d rather put that energy into what's worth having, like how I got a Platinum album with no solo tour.
Fair enough, that's a great mentality. Congrats on all of your success, by the way. So tell me, how would you assess your rap career thus far?
Greatest rapper of all time if you let YE tell it. You ask me, I don’t got the resume yet. But, shit, I can go bar for bar for niggas who talking off. And getting egged on by A&Rs who, soon as your shit fallin’ off, they walkin’ off. And if you rappers diss us and ours just know that you dead and you know it, my career been moving perpetual motion.
It sounds like you've got a healthy amount of confidence and you're not letting the competition from other rappers get to you. That sound right?
I'm just not impressed by you niggas rapping fast, who sound like one big asthma attack but trash when I’m rapping it back; who you put in your top five and claim they the savior of rap.
I'm not looking to start any beef so I won't ask you to elaborate. Let's go back to the beginning of your career, what are some standout memories from that time?
Shot my first video in the Harajuku store with Nigo in the background, that's a picture that you can’t take.
Oh yeah, you're talking about the "Getcha Some" video right? You shot that in Tokyo at the Bape store, correct?
Yeah with Hype Williams directing each take, and GOD directing each step that we take.
That actually brings me to my next question. You mention spirituality a lot in your music, what's your general outlook on life in a metaphysical sense?
I’m feeling like an old man that failed at life, got reincarnated to do it all again right, that's how I feel. So I’m treating every second like it's an investment. Time is money, every second I’m collecting.
Wow, that's a fantastic perspective. On to a lighter topic, what's your favorite cereal?
Don’t ask me no stupid questions.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to—
"Are you still signed to YE?" questions...No Roc nation questions, or who I’m dating questions. Look, no more interviews.
Damn, Sean. I apologize, I didn't mean to trivialize your perspective or anything. So, is this the end then? Are we done?
Unless you wanna talk about the music or something that has a different view, and not the shit that's getting the hits and views.
I'll admit music journalism has gotten rather vapid and click-baity as of late, you're right about that. Well, I guess my last question is, what have your career ups and downs taught you so far?
My mistakes are my biggest professors and learning life lessons. I realize it ain’t what you have, it's what you feel, that's what true success is. I am the one of one, after me there's no successor. DON.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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