Big Sean is the latest to stop by Pitchfork’s Over/Under series, rating various subjects while in the middle of his I Decided tour.
Sean Don takes on the topics of romantic porn, ewoks, cat tattoos (or, more formally, Cattoos, I guess), NASCAR Lingerie, Home Improvement and more, rating them to varying degrees. (He seemed to think Tim Allen’s Detroit-based Home Improvement and Allen’s underrated cocaine trafficking ways were the most underrated.)
On top of Pitchfork, Big Sean (and Jhené Aiko) also sat down with GQ Style to talk I Decided, his Roc-A-Fella chain, and more.
On the ‘I Decided’ concept:
“Every project I try to change it up for the better, show a different side of what I’m creating and the music I’m making or what I’m going through. I feel like Dark Side Paradise was a very good, well-rounded album, but the only reason I Decided. has a story to it is just ’cause that was how I was feeling. It was something that was real true to me, and how I truly felt in real life. So I wasn’t out to make a concept album, it kind of like fell into place as the songs developed and ideas developed. But I also felt like it was very right for the time, especially at the beginning of 2017–I wanted to leave that message that when you get yourself right individually, that’s how you really progress and you really boss up at life. I feel like that’s a message that a lot of people needed to hear, and I wasn’t really hearing it that much in music right now, so I just wanted to play my part.”
On getting a Roc-A-Fella chain from Jay Z:
“I thought that was real cool. I’m managed by Roc Nation, so I’m always getting knowledge from him, I get to talk with him, play music with him, stuff like that. I think it was just cool for him to do that, I know he doesn’t give too many of those out. It kind of felt like a respect, you know what I mean? People like Jay Z, they’ve done so much in the game that when they humble themselves and show interest and like spread the stuff that they’ve learned with you, give you the knowledge that they’ve acquired, I think that’s real cool for people who been in the game to do that, for people who’re still getting into it. I just think it was a gesture of respect and love.”
Check out the full interview over at GQ.