No matter where life finds us, there are always things we could be doing better and things we could be doing worse. Our minds become so consumed by what happened yesterday and what appointments we have in the diary next week, that it’s easy to lose sight of the moment. We look at those that we believe are successful, thinking ‘One day…’
For many Big Sean is in an enviable position; the Detroit native has gone from accosting Kanye West outside of a radio station to becoming the most successful artist on his G.O.O.D Music imprint. Now he lives the high life; celebrity girlfriend, designer brands, international flights, stadium shows. And yet, while the stakes are higher, human condition remains the same, and he suffers from the same intrusive thoughts and anxieties as the rest of us.
His fourth studio album, ‘I Decided.’, is a promise to himself to live in the moment. Its narrative finds Sean as an old man, having failed at everything, given a second chance to get life right. “I don’t even look at it as a concept album, because that’s actually how I feel,” says Sean, as he takes a break from shooting. “That’s what was so bizarre about it.”
The legend goes that after a late night studio session Sean turned to his best friend and manager, Zeno Jones and asked: “Yo, have you ever felt like this was your second chance in life, and the only thing you’ve got to do is get it right?” Understandably Zeno looked at him like he was crazy, but the next day when the pair met up to go to the studio the idea had remained with them, and began to weave its way into the four acts that would form his latest record. “The first act is about realising your potential; the underdog turning into the big dog,” he explains. “The second is going after your one true love. Then it goes into a darker place, where you’re overwhelmed. It ends with the realisation that I did neglect my family, and I need to upgrade myself as a person.”