Big Sean Reveals Inspiration Behind New Album 'I Decided'

Big Sean performs in 2016
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Big Sean performs at The Forum on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, Calif.

Earlier this month, Big Sean proved that he was ready to "Bounce Back" with his new video. For his fourth album titled I Decided, set to drop Feb. 3., the Detroit MC revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly the project's source of inspiration. 

"I was just at this Motown exhibit with Berry Gordy with my mom. 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," says Sean.

He also spoke on the album focusing on the process of rebirth. "I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance.’ He was like, ‘Make that the album.’ People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f--k off or whatever.”

Sean's last solo attempt came in 2015, when he released his critically-acclaimed album Dark Sky Paradise, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in March 2015. The project spawned a bevy of hits including "Blessings" and "Play No Games." In 2016, Sean forged a new duo with his girlfriend, singer Jhene Aiko, for their collaborative effort Twenty88. For several months, he remained off the radar, until he released a string of tracks including "Bounce Back" and "No More Interviews" in October. 

This month, he kept the momentum going when he released "Moves" and the final version of "Living Single" featuring Chance The Rapper and Jeremih


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