IF YOU HAD MET a young Sean Michael Anderson, the G.O.O.D. Music junior spitter better known as Big Sean, as a preteen, you might think him to be holier than thou. His moral compass has always pointed positive, earning him primetime local news coverage at age 12, when the private school alum swore off sex and drugs in a music video sponsored by Children’s Center of Detroit. The song is called “Abstain”—“Don’t mess with drugs/Or try to creep/Unless y’all want to end up/Six feet deep,” he warns, tall-tee collar drooping like a necklace. Yet while the Detroit player’s vices have emerged in his adulthood (rewind the certified real asstate agent’s opening verse on “Mercy”), he’s still all about delivering the good word.
“I’m not trying to preach,” clarifies the now-24-year-old lyricist. He’s slouched on a yellow couch in his 106 & Park dressing room, ignoring the 446 unread messages on his iPhone 5, as he prepares to premiere his “Guap” video. “I’m not gonna tell you not to smoke weed and not to have sex—[but] put a condom on. Don't smoke weed all day. Take care of your business. Have a good time, sip champagne, ’cause if you work hard, you deserve it.”