With his fourth studio effort I Decided headed for No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Big Sean hosted an early celebration with a surprise concert kicking off Grammy weekend in Los Angeles’ Sayers Club late Friday night (Feb. 10).
The Detroit rapper’s concert — announced nearly two hours before show time and featuring an energetic introduction from fellow Roc Nation management mate DJ Khaled — mixed gratitude with the turn-up as Sean Don delivered live renditions of I Decided cuts like “Moves,” “Jump Out The Window,” “No Favors” (sans Eminem) and the closing number, “Bounce Back.” He frequently shouted out the fans, label and significant other in between performances.
“I’m happy as hell to be in this bitch,” said Sean, later adding, “We celebrating, having a good ass night.” Spotted in the VIP sections were Bay Area MC G-Eazy, G.O.O.D. Music cohort Desiigner, Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels, and girlfriend Jhene Aiko, who was singing and clapping along to Sean’s verses on the posse cuts “Champion” and “Mercy.” He also revisited one of his favorite tracks off the chart-topping LP Dark Sky Paradise, “No Games,” urging several attendees to hit their best body roll.
Sean recognized attendees, specifically the “day ones” who have supported him throughout his five-year career. “That shit doesn’t go without recognition,” he said. “I’m so happy I got a chance to f–k with y’all up close and personal.” Big Sean also reflected on his fourth body of work, “I Decided is my favorite project I’ve ever done so far. I laid it out all on the line. I really wanted it to be a clear cut vision for y’all.”
During the approximately hour-long set, he launched into “Blessed” before giving his lengthy thank you speech with shout outs to Def Jam Records, G.O.O.D. music, Jhene Aiko, his mom, dad, brother, Detroit, manager Zeno Jones and his fans. “I’m so f–kin’ blessed,” he noted. “I can stay up here all night long.”