A couple of Big Sean classics on his birthday

“One of the most important quotes I live by is ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Dreams are so important. Without dreams, you got nothing.” — Big Sean (2010)

GY, one of our OG #TeamGowhere members you all know as @GY312, is out in L.A. with us and today we were rappin’ on some old music, which then turned into a reminiscing rabbit hole of our old interviews… which then led us to this. “Living Our Dreams (Memories)”, one of our all-time favorite documentary style cuts shot by the Emmy-winning Cam Be and doubling as one of GY’s first interviews with us at GWHH.

We caught up with Big Sean, post-Finally Famous 3, but pre-Finally Famous the debut album. It was late 2010 and his G.O.O.D. Music buzz was peaking in such a way on the internet that it manifested into reality at Reggie’s Rock Club on Chicago’s south side.

Funny enough, our organic recollecting also led us to our trip to Austin for SXSW in 2012. A year and a half later, the three of us: GY, Cam, and I — amongst our Gowhere contingent were packed into a small venue for the G.O.O.D. Music showcase. This meant a performance by Big Sean of his Finally Famous album singles and a surprise appearance by none other than Kanye West. Here’s another Camovement of the back-to-back-to-back performance of “Dance (A$$)”, “Marvin & Chardonnay” and ‘Ye going solo for a hype rendition of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. Chills to this day. We were all behind them on the stage and it’s still one of my memorable concert experiences I bring up casually in convo when it comes up.

Even more comically, to us at least, our nostalgic convo culminated in the realization that Big Sean’s back on social media on his born day today. To bring it full circle: 2010–>2012–>2019. The new rhymes are sounding good. Here for it all these years later. HBD!

Big Sean VMA speech

The night’s best moment: Big Sean’s gracious acceptance speech for his most powerful music video to date: “One Man Can Change The World” — and now VMA winner for “Best Video with a Social Message”.

The video, brought back below, is in part dedicated to his grandma and Sean had some sweet and concise words for the incredible woman who passed last year. Also in the speech, Sean expressed his gratitude for Kanye West for discovering him as well as appreciation for John Legend and the fans. It really felt off-the-cuff in that Sean didn’t have every word planned ahead and that’s what made the speech better.

Here’s the well-deserving winner of the VMA for Best Video with a Social Message:

Drake performs new verse at J. Cole’s Forest Hills Tour

Last night, Drake AND Jay Z were surprise guests for the last stop of J. Cole’s Forest Hills Tour. One video that’s sweeping the web today is a high quality capture of Drake’s cameo that featured “Know Yourself”, a small new set of bars spit a capella, and “Back 2 Back”. Diggin’ the energy and some of the creative, and personal lines telling more about what Drizzy is going through. I can’t relate, but dang, can only imagine, haha: “Paternity tests are from women I never slept with. I’m legally obligated if they request it.”

I mentioned Jay Z… just photos but here’s him on stage with both Cole and Big Sean.

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And ICYMI: Here’s Drizzy performing at the 1st annual Lil Weezyana Fest in N’awlins on Friday night. The one where TIDAL had to blackout Drake’s performance because Apple Music would have sued.

Big Sean & Jimmy Butler on ESPN’s First Take

Yesterday’s pre-ESPY edition of First Take had a couple of big name stars roll through the debate desk.

Up above: Big Sean comes through to highlight his new “One Man Can Change The World” video and of course talk some sports, namely his Detroit Lions.

Down below, no offense, but I was more interested in Jimmy Butler’s visit with Skip & Stephen A. The full 16 minute segment touches on Butler’s alleged beef with teammate Derrick Rose (I still don’t believe this and Jimmy’s words are further evidence), the coaching change from Thibs to Hoiberg, and Butler’s increasingly fun off-court personality, including listening to Taylor Swift before games. The ESPN tweet of the clip likely led to Taylor Swift following our own Jimmy Butler on Twitter… Oooohhhh… Enjoy below.

Big Sean ‘Focus’ (Vlog)

You are what you focus on.

True words, amongst many true words, in the latest vlog from Big Sean titled Focus.

This one’s another level of inspiring (not to discount is other inspiring vlogs) as Big Sean narrates the video, speaking on manifesting your goals, staying focused, realizing when you’re not doing something that makes you feel good or happy, and resetting your focus if you feel like it’s off. His example of wanting a new car is perfect and overall, this is right in line with many a talks I’ve had with Gowhere co-founder Maks G that’s also embodied in Indigo Minute.

Me personally? I really resonate with everything Sean describes here so watch it and you’ll immediately be swept up in focusing on this approach (no pun intended.) And hey, cameos from Kanye, Diddy, Jhene Aiko, and Chris Brown will likely keep your attention too. Shouts to Sean for delivering yet again with this new vlog.

ICYMI: New music videos for “One Man Can Change The World” (ft. Kanye West & John Legend) | “All Your Fault” (ft. Kanye West) + “I Know” (ft. Jhene Aiko)“Play No Games” (ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign) | Jane Zhang “Fighting Shadows” f/ Big Sean (Audio) *Tibs Fav.