Visual: MadeinTYO x Big Sean – ‘Skateboard P (Remix)’

For the remix to “Skateboard P” off MadeinTYO’s project Thank You, Mr. Tokyo; Daniel Yaro directs the visual that features skateboarders in a Malibu mansion, where models are dancing and tequila is flowing. With a mixture of VHS effects and grainy still photography that tie into the throwback vibe the visual is going for.

TYO and Sean Don pull up in a DeLorean while MadeinTYO dons a vintage Pastelle varsity jacket designed by Kanye West in 2008. The aesthetics for the visual pay homage to Pharrell Williams.

Full Production Credits On Big Sean’s I Decided.

Big Sean has had another successful outing with his latest album I Decided. which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 151k copies sold in the first week. Sean previously led the chart with 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise, which bowed with 173k units. The physical edition of I Decided. is arriving in stores tomorrow, February 17th.

A lot of major artists are refraining from releasing a digital booklet along with their albums these days so production credits are often not available immediately. So for those wondering who all contributed to I Decided., here’s the full credits list.

  1. Intro
    Written by Sean Anderson, Lawrence Jenkins & Michael Carson
    Produced by Amaire Johnson
  2. Light feat. Jeremih
    Written by Sean Anderson, Amaire Johnson & Garry Glenn
    Produced by Amaire Johnson, Big Sean, Gregg Rominiecki & Maximilian Jaeger
  3. Bounce Back
    Written by Sean Anderson, Christian Ward, Leland Tyler Wayne, Samuel David Jimenez, Amaire Johnson, Jeremy Felton & Kanye West
    Produced by Hitmaka & Smash David
  4. No Favors feat. Eminem
    Written by Sean Anderson, Brittany Hazzard, Ebony Oshunrinde, Bach Hoang Nguyentran, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone, John Sebastian & Marshall Mathers
    Produced by WondaGurl, Big Sean & FrancisGotHeat
  5. Jump Out the Window
    Written by Sean Anderson, Jason Boyd, Dwane M. Weir II & Darhyl Camper
    Produced by Key Wane & Darhyl Camper Jr
  6. Moves
    Written by Sean Anderson, Amaire Johnson, Eduardo Earle, Jeff LaCroix & Serge Durand
    Produced by Fuse, TrePounds & Amaire Johnson
  7. Same Time, Pt. 1 feat. Twenty88
    Written by Sean Anderson & Amaire Johnson
    Produced by Amaire Johnson
  8. Owe Me
    Written by Sean Anderson, Dijon McFarlane & Amaire Johnson
    Produced by DJ Mustard, Amaire Johnson & Travis Scott
  9. Halfway off the Balcony
    Written by Sean Anderson, Maximilian Jaeger & Amaire Johnson
    Produced by Amaire Johnson & Maximilian Jaeger
  10. Voices in My Head/Stick to the Plan
    Written by Sean Anderson, Dacoury Natche, Leland Tyler Wayne & Khalil Abdul-Rahman
    Produced by DJ Dahi, Metro Boomin, DJ Khalil & Amaire Johnson
  11. Sunday Morning Jetpack feat. The-Dream
    Written by Sean Anderson, Amaire Johnson & Terius Nash
    Produced by Amaire Johnson & Cary Singer
  12. Inspire Me
    Written by Sean Anderson, Noel Fisher, Sidney Swift, Justin Philip Bradley, Ruben Jason Raymond & Justin Rodriguez
    Produced by Detail, The Track Burnaz, Sidney Swift & Amaire Johnson
  13. Sacrifices feat. Migos
    Written by Sean Anderson, Allen Ritter, Leland Tyler Wayne & Quavious Marshall
    Produced by Metro Boomin & Allen Ritter
  14. Bigger Than Me feat. The Flint Chozen Choir & Starrah
    Written by Sean Anderson, Brittany Hazzard, Robert Harris, Amaire Johnson, Juliet Roberts, Steve Jeffries, Thomas Blaize, Moses Anthony Davis, Andrew Thomas & Steven Michael Marsden
    Produced by RobGotBeats & Amaire Johnson

Big Sean’s I Decided. Debuts At No.1 On The Billboard 200

Big Sean has scored another No. 1 album with his recent release, I Decided., which earned 151,000 album equivalent units in its first week, reports Billboard. Of that total, 65,000 units were in traditional album sales.

The Nielsen reports surpass previous industry projections, which predicted that I Decided. would move 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week. This is the Detroit rapper’s second No. 1 project, following 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise, which landed at the top spot with 173,000 album equivalent units.

Last week, Big Sean went to Twitter to thank his mentor Kanye West for signing him to G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. He even posted a throwback image of the two posing for their first picture together.

This won’t be the last project from Sean this year, he’s promised another TWENTY88 collaborative project with his partner Jhene Aiko coming sometime in 2017.

 

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Big Sean Features Eminem In New Track ‘No Favors’

Nearly four months after confirming a new album is on the horizon with ‘Campaign Speech’ Eminem joins Big Sean on “No Favors” off I Decided. On having Eminem on the track, Sean says, “Eminem was the only person I heard that could be on that song,” he told Beats 1. “It reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. He’s unique. He’s special. When I first heard him, I feel like he was bringing new flows to the game. When he did this verse, it brought that feeling right back to me like, ‘Wow. This is a brand new energy.’ All the things he said were so necessary for the album…That’s what I was happy about. I’m glad that he addressed things, conceptually, that necessarily weren’t addressed. Super thoughtful.”

Some of the lines Eminem drops are pretty deep like, “Trump’s a bi**h / I’ll make his whole plan go under,” he raps. “And tell Dre, I’m meeting him in L.A. / White Bronco, like Elway speeding / I’m about to run over a chick … Female stay beatin’ em, bet you they’ll stay bleeding / And yell wait, pleading but screaming is pointless, like feeding Michel’le helium.” 

According to Sean, Em’s contribution also came as somewhat of a surprise. “I was telling him the story of the album, what it meant to me, and he honestly told me, ‘I want to be a part of it, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have time.’ That was what I got back when I was talking to him. I was like, ‘Damn. I don’t know if he’s gonna come through with it.’ Then, randomly, out of nowhere, I got the Eminem verse.”

Listen to it by clicking on this link

Big Sean Reveals ‘I Decided.’ Tracklist

On Friday February 3rd, Big Sean will finally release I Decided., his fourth solo LP. We’ve heard a lot of music from the LP like ‘Bounce Back‘, ‘Moves‘ and ‘Halfway Off The Balcony‘ and now, Sean Don reveals the full tracklisting.

The full project is 14 songs long with Eminem, Migos, Jeremih, Jhene Aiko and more making guest appearances.

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Teasing the new project, Big Sean is caught previewing a cut off the new tape.

https://twitter.com/RapDirect/status/826055926784286722

 

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Big Sean Releases ‘Halfway Off The Balcony’ Single

“Halfway Off the Balcony” features production from Amaire Johnson, who’s worked with Sean on “Bounce Back,” “One Man Can Change the World,” and a handful of other songs. On “Halfway Off the Balcony,” the Detroit MC does some soul searching, reflecting on his career, girls, and family. This is Sean’s third song off the much anticipated project, joining ‘Moves’ and ‘Bounce back’ the latter of which climbed to No 16. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. 

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Listen to the track below.

Big Sean Speaks On ‘I Decided.’ On Beats 1 With Zane Lowe

During a lengthy Q&A with Zane Lowe, Sean Don revealed some of the secrets that lie in his forthcoming project, including a collaboration with Eminem titled “No Favors.”

“Eminem was the only person I heard that could be on that song,” Sean said. “It reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. He’s unique. He’s special. When I first heard him, I feel like he was bringing new flows to the game. When he did this verse, it brought that feeling right back to me like, ‘Wow. This is a brand new energy.’ All the things he said were so necessary for the album…That’s what I was happy about. I’m glad that he addressed things, conceptually, that necessarily weren’t addressed. Super thoughtful.”

Slim and Sean have been in the lab together where they collaborated on “Detroit Vs. Everybody.”

“Before anything,” Sean said, “I was like, ‘You’re one of the only people I want on this album.’ I was telling him the story of the album, what it meant to me, and he honestly told me, ‘I want to be a part of it, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have time.’ That was what I got back when I was talking to him. I was like, ‘Damn. I don’t know if he’s gonna come through with it.’ Then, randomly, out of nowhere, I got the Eminem verse.

“You can just imagine, waking up and seeing a call from [Eminem’s manager] Paul Rosenberg, talking to him, him saying he did the verse,” Sean continued. “I go in the studio and I hear that verse…We heard this and we lost our minds, man. I’m just happy that if I did inspire it in any way, if I helped bring that out, I’m just happy that happened. I don’t want to take any credit for how good his verse is. Let’s be clear. That’s all Eminem. He did good. I remember talking to him on the phone. He was talking about what it meant and one of the things he said was, ‘I’m just happy to be a part of it and happy you like it.’ Eminem, man. Definitely, I appreciate that. That’s major for me.”

Sean isn’t done with new music. According to him, fans can expect four or five songs that didn’t make the I Decided. tracklisting. The project, which is reportedly undone at the moment, is out February 3.

Here are a couple of highlights from the interview where he speaks on:

André 3000: “André 3000 came to my house and we sat and went through [the album]. When he was listening to it, he was like, ‘It feels like you didn’t waste one line.’ To hear somebody I respect on that level, obviously Dre 3000, that was an incredible moment for me. I feel like getting someone’s advice like that is more valuable than any feature…I don’t ever ask people [to collaborate] but there was talks of a collab between me and him and we were vibing to some things, but it just is not on this album. Maybe you’ll get it later.”

Rick Rubin: “The feedback he gave was so important. It put a lot of things in perspective. I played it for him at a way earlier stage, too. He was very much loving the work…He told me how he felt about it, how much he respected it, and loved it. He only had a couple of little suggestions, minor things like, ‘Maybe you should change the music here. Why don’t you drop the drums here?’ Things along those lines. I’m lucky to have those contacts, those people who care enough about music.”

Hall of Fame Era Struggles: “When that album came out, I was really distracted. I was in a terrible relationship. I was in a weird place in my life where I was relying on a lot of other people. That was the first time I experienced not being 100 percent satisfied with myself. It was the worst feeling ever. I had to read and get my mind straight mentally. I had to upgrade my mind, myself as a person. That’s an experience you can’t buy. That was one of the most greatest things.”

New Music to Come: “Contracts and shit, publishing and stuff, it really restricts me from putting as many songs as I want to, on my album. There’s certain restrictions that I do have as an artist, putting my music out commercially. Honestly, if I wanted to put 20 songs on my album, I would have to pay for the excess songs. Any extra songs I have on my album, even on this one, I am paying for out of my own pocket. I know that doesn’t make any sense…Can’t have more than 11 songs. This is a real thing that I feel like holds me back. That’s why I put music out that’s should be on my albums that may not be on my album. That’s why ‘No More Interviews’ may not be on my album. Why? Not because it isn’t as good as other songs or anything like that. It’s strictly because there are restrictions people do not know about that artists have to go through. There may be four or five songs that I’m about to put out that aren’t on the album. You can listen to [them] and throw in your rotation with the album, but it’s just not a part of that body of work.”

Working with Jhené Aiko: “The chemistry, musically, is undeniable to me. That’s at least how I feel. When me and her got together, working on more music, we just had the idea, ‘Why not come together and form a group?’ … Me and her can make love songs, inspirational songs, and do it in a way that is different from what she does and different from what I do…TWENTY88 is on its own path, but I’m happy that it’s a part of this album too, even if it’s just for a little bit.”

Kanye West: “I don’t know if I can put the advice into words. When you know somebody that long, somebody like Kanye, I’ve taken so much. I’ve taken the hunger. That guy, the hunger he has is incredible. He’s given me a sense of work ethic that can’t be beat, a sense for perfection, of making sure it’s the best. That’s my brother right there. He saw the potential in me.”

Still on Sean Don, the G.O.O.D. Music rep dropped a new track “Halfway Off The Balcony,” currently available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

 

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Big Sean Set to Make ‘SNL’ Debut

For the first time, Sean Don will serve as musical guest on the January. 21 episode of “Saturday Night Live” with host Aziz Ansari.

“I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be performing on @nbcsnl for the first time ever, January 21st,” said Sean. “This one is for Detroit.”

It’s slated to be a big night for the Detroit native, who may be involved in some skits too. Ansari is known for comedy routines around rappers, including stand-up jokes about Kanye West and 50 Cent, as well as the inclusion of hip-hop references in his Netflix series “Master of None.”

“SNL’s” first show of the new year will air Saturday (January. 14) with Felicity Jones as host and Sturgill Simpson as musical guest.

Aside from planning his big “SNL” debut, Big Sean is also readying his new album I Decided. for its Febuary. 3 drop. This week, he also announced his “I Decided. Tour,” which kicks off March 17.

 

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Big Sean Announces ‘I Decided. Tour’

The Detroit rapper has just announced his “I Decided. Tour,” launching March. 17 in Houston with special guest MadeinTYO. Hitting 21 North American cities, the trek will come to an end April. 20 in Miami.

Presented by Live Nation, the tour comes in support of Sean Don’s forthcoming album I Decided., which has been preceded by singles like “Bounce Back” and “Moves.” Expected on Febuary. 3, the Dark Sky Paradise follow-up is set to “push the culture,” according to Sean.

Pre-sale tickets for the “I Decided. Tour” will be available starting Tuesday (January. 10) while Live Nation’s pre-sale begins Thursday (January. 12).

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“It’s been a very long time since my last headlining run, so I’m excited to finally announce the first leg of the #IDecidedTour,” said Sean. “Taking my bro @madeintyo with me too. Can’t wait to see yall!”

As a headlining run, the “I Decided. Tour” follows Sean’s “Hall of Fame Tour,” which took place in 2014. In 2015, Don supported J. Cole on his “Forest Hills Drive Tour.”

 

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Visual: Big Sean – ‘Moves’

After unleashing the music video for “Bounce Back” last month, Sean Don returns with the visual for “Moves” off his forthcoming album, I Decided.

The Mike Carson directed visual finds Sean dancing in the hypnotic clip, which plays with special effects throughout. As the visual continues, the Don is surrounded by leotard-clad ladies who are showing off their own moves.

Recently, the Detroit rapper revealed that the upcoming LP will be a form of rebirth.

“I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance.’ He was like, ‘Make that the album,’” explained Sean. “People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f**k off or whatever.”

I Decided. arrives Feb. 3.