December 21, 2012

Hip-Hop Star Big Sean Joins the ASCAP Family

Big Sean and ASCAP’s Jamie McLaughlin in the studio

Big Sean and ASCAP’s Jamie McLaughlin in the studio

We're thrilled to welcome Big Sean to the ASCAP family. One of hip-hop's most promising young emcees, the Detroit-based rapper has great company in ASCAP's roster of urban music superstars.

Big Sean was one of the earliest signings to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Since joining the label in 2007, he's released four well-received mixtapes and a full-length album, Finally Famous, which spawned two 2012 ASCAP R&S Music Award-winning songs ("My Last" and "Marvin & Chardonnay"). His most recent mixtape, Detroit, has been downloaded more than a million times since its release in September.

Sean joins ASCAP at a turning point in his career. In early December, he received his first two Grammy nominations, both for the G.O.O.D. Music posse track "Mercy." "You don't do it for the Grammys, but that's just an added bonus to it," Big Sean told Playback during a recent studio visit. "It's nice to be recognized for your good, hard work. That was a huge song, and whether it wins a Grammy or doesn't win a Grammy, it's cool to be there...I'm going to be at the Grammys every year after this!"

Sean is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming second album, Hall of Fame, set for a February 2013 release. "I'm excited as hell," he said. "I think people don't know what to expect. I'm learning. I'm young, I'm getting it together. But this one man...I hate hyping s**t up, but I'm excited about it. I'm just gonna say that."

Big Sean is just as candid about why he chose ASCAP. "What can you say about ASCAP? They're the best at what they do. I'm excited to be a part of it. It's a partnership that will be here for a long time."


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