I think I like Big Sean. This has been difficult to bear, so hear me out.
Who is Big Sean? Big Sean is a rapper from Detroit who is also a buffoon. Or, at least, was. The 26-year-old MC is a member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music family, has been signed to Def Jam Records since 2008, and is a recent addition to Jay Z’s growing Roc Nation Management. When Kanye and Jay Z reteamed for a song for G.O.O.D.’s 2012 Cruel Summer compilation, they recorded the exclusionary anthem “Clique” — Big Sean was the only person invited to their party. This happens all the time. As far as modern rap bona fides, he is the most cosigned young person this side of Blue Ivy. Big Sean has recorded with Nicki Minaj, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Rick Ross, Jessie J, Diddy, Chris Brown, John Legend, Nas, and Fall Out Boy. He’s a networker — a friendly, unthreatening face, always available with 16 meaningless bars and a rap signifier to buff your urban credibility or your youthful credibility or your playful credibility. He’s a verified Twitter account. A license plate that reads “RAP4LYFE.” A tight smile and a clammy handshake.