Big Sean announced last week his new album, I Decided, would arrive February 3. After sharing the new single, “Moves,” on Friday, Sean now spoke to EW about the album being a concept project — something he’d never really done before.
“That’s not something that people expect from a Big Sean project, so I’m happy we are delivering something unexpected,” he told EW. “I’m excited to push the culture and push my artistry to the limit.”
Sean said the album was inspired by soul and R&B music, which he somewhat forayed into with his Twenty88 album with Jhené Aiko.
“I was just at this Motown exhibit with Berry Gordy with my mom,” he said. “He was talking about Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and the Temptations and how one of the things they did was inspire people. They inspired people to have a good time, to do better — to be a better version of themselves. That really stuck with me. That’s what I want to do, too.”
The Detroit native also told EW that the concept is about a man being reborn again, but that he’s not trying to force the concept too much.
“I’m not trying to sit here and preach to people. You can get [a message] across with a song like ‘Bounce Back.’ We’ve all bounced back from something before, so that fits my story perfect, but you never would have known that from hearing it by itself.”