AllHipHop.com: How much do Young Money artists bounce off each other? I noticed you have similar inflections and cadences or rhyme patterns. I noticed this one thing that Nicki said, “It’s going down. Basement.”
Drake: Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. [Laughs] I wanted to take if off my album, because I was like, “I shut ‘em down. Onyx.” I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there. To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like…I trace it back to Big Sean (artist on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music). That’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way its been used was on “Forever.” Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’t want to offend somebody…I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] “It’s a parade! MACY’S!”
Shot out to the homie Drake!
(AllHipHop News) While it’s been over a year since Detroit based MC Big Sean officially put out an official release, the G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam distributed artist is hard at work on his upcoming project Finally Famous.
“You get your whole first life to work on your album, I called it Finally Famous because, in Detroit that was name of our crew before we got signed and before everything,” Big Sean told AllHipHop.com. “We used to throw parties and good events and different concerts and things around the city. We would call it Finally Famous because when you are Famous you are recognized for your talents, and Finally because nothing happens overnight, and its what you are working for.”
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.