Interview by Modele “Modi” Oyewole
Complex: What did you grow up on as far as music and culture, and what was your childhood like?
Big Sean: Well, I’m from Detroit, and I grew up in the hood, man. The west side of Detroit, between 6th and 7th mile. It was straight hood, you know…drug dealers, people getting killed, all that. The thing was, at a young age, my mom and my grandma always tried to keep me out of the streets as much as they could, so they put me in a private school when I was super young. It was crazy, because I’d go to this private school where it was like a lot of rich kids, and a lot of different cultures like white, black, Asian, and then I’d go home every day to the ‘hood.