Big Sean Reminisces On Almost Signing To Shady Records


VIBE | May 5, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Big Sean may be the Prince of G.O.O.D Music now, but the up-and-coming rapper says he almost ran with another roster of music heavyweights: Eminem’s Shady Records. In a recent interview with website DealWithNoDeal, the ‘Big’ homie gave some background on how he nearly signed with Eminem’s clique as a teenager.

Starting with a rap battle (where he lied about his age in order to enter), Sean explained: “Before I met Kanye, I did a rap battle. I used to battle rap. I was real popular, that’s how I got this really good relationship with this radio station where I met Kanye at,” he continued. “They were doing this battle rap to where the prize was $10,000 and a single deal from Shady Music, like Eminem and all them.”

Although Big Sean ended up losing (a decision he considers unfair) in the final round, he left a lasting impression on DJ Whoo Kid, So DJ Whoo Kid and Just came, I snuck in. I wasn’t even old enough to participate in it, but I lied about my age and I got all the way to the final round and lost to some dude,” Sean added.

“I really thought I won, but I think the crowd was more on his side, so I lost. But DJ Whoo Kid and them was like ‘Man, we gonna keep in contact!’ Obviously, they didn’t,” he says of Whoo Kid’s reaction .

You win some, you lose some. And with Sean being backed by one of the hottest rappers in the game, he’s definitely on the winning side. — Keenan Higgins