BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Big Sean

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BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Big Sean

Check out why Big Sean is more than just a rapper.

Published June 13, 2017

  1. Street and Book Smart
    CHICAGO - NOV 04:  Rapper Big Sean poses for photos during his visit to the WGCI-FM "Coca-Cola Lounge" in Chicago, Illinois on NOVEMBER 04, 2011.  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    Not only is Big Sean an amazing rap artist, he is also book smart. He completed high school with a 3.7 GPA. If it were not for his rap career, Big Sean stated, he would have attended Michigan State and majored in advertising.

  2. Sean Anderson Foundation
    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 01:  Rapper Big Sean speaks during the Sean Anderson Foundation Mogul Prep Tour at The Madison Building on April 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Monica Morgan/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Monica Morgan/Getty Images)

    The Sean Anderson Foundation is meant to empower the youth. The foundation was created by Big Sean to assist Detroit youth in education, health, well-being and safety. The foundation helps many outside programs and engages in generous donations to educational programs.

  3. Key To The City

    Big Sean has not only put on for his city, but he also has given back to his city. His monumental work in the community earned him the key to the city! On April 1, Mayor Mike Duggan surprised Big Sean with the key to the city at his Sean Anderson Foundation Mogul Prep Event. Big Sean is one of three recipients to receive this honor! The first two were Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder.

  4. Signed To Motown?
    HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 28:  Music recording artist Big Sean attends a dinner hosted by Grey Goose celebrating Rising Icon Big Sean at The Redbury on August 28, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo: Chris Weeks/WireImage)
    (Photo: Chris Weeks/WireImage)

    No, Big Sean is not signed to Motown, but he is affiliated with the Motown Museum National Legacy Council. Sean accepted the invitation to be a key player in assisting the expansion around the Motown Museum. Other members of this council include Stevie Wonder, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson, to name a few.

  5. Meditation is a Major Key

    Big Sean likes to meditate before he records his music. In a video with MTV News, he showed us how he does it!

  6. Big Sean's Grandmother

    The woman who showed me that one man/woman can change the world! Miss u grandma 🙏

    A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on

    Big Sean's late grandmother had a powerful effect on him and his music. You may have heard his thoughtful songs about her, but she wasn't just an amazing grandmother to him, she was also a hero. Big Sean's grandmother, Mildred V. Leonard, was one of the first Black female captains in WWII. Her strength shined through then and still does through his music.

  7. Humble Beginnings
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Big Sean performs on stage during the BBC Radio 1Xtra Live tour at Brixton Academy on December 1, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo: Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
    (Photo: Christie Goodwin/Redferns)

    Right now, Big Sean uses his voice to rap lyrics to hit songs. Before that, Big Sean was using his voice for other jobs. His job before hitting fame was as a telemarketer. In an interview, he stated that he was only making $100 a week before meeting Kanye West and signing to G.O.O.D. Music.

  8. Mr. Kanye West
    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Recording artists Kanye West and Big Sean accept the Video with a Social Message award for 'One Man Can Change The World'  onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    A chance encounter with Kanye West helped set off Big Sean's career. Sean first met West at a local radio station when he was in town. Though West initially turned down Sean's request to rap for him, Sean persisted and his delivery blew West away. He then decided to sign Sean on the spot. The rest is history!

Written by Essie Acolatse

(Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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