Big Sean Pens Open Letter to Younger Self

Big Sean attends the Think It Up education initiative telecast for teachers and students, hosted by Entertainment Industry Foundation at Barker Hangar on Sept. 11, 2015 in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Big Sean attends the Think It Up education initiative telecast for teachers and students, hosted by Entertainment Industry Foundation at Barker Hangar on Sept. 11, 2015 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Big Sean is reflecting on his younger years with an open letter to his 18-year-old self. The now 28-year-old rapper, published the letter today (Feb. 9) on Mic's music vertical, writing about life in Detroit, race, manhood, and more.

Big Sean recently dropped his new project I Decided., which could claim the No.1 spot for next week's Billboard 200. In support of his new album, he kicked off I Decided. pop up shops this past weekend and held a Twitter Q&A last night.

Here’s an excerpt from Big Sean’s open letter: 

Dear Sean,

Listen, I know you've spent your whole life trying to push back those telling you to not be so hard on yourself. Relax, come hang, chill more. You didn't listen to them then, and I doubt you're going to listen to me now, but I want to tell you this from the heart — our heart: There is more to your life than your future.

You've been telling yourself that by 21 you have to be on, and at 22 you have to have a song on the radio. Rapping's been your job since before it was your job, before you were out of high school, before you faced the decisions that would change everything. That hustle will create your path for you and be a testament to the light you have to share. But it will leave you with a lot more to work on.

Read Big Sean’s full letter here.

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