Big Sean's roots are inarguably in Detroit. He may have grown into a multi-platinum rap superstar, but the unpolished talent and blunt force of his style owe a significant debt to being raised in the beautiful but unforgiving city that has consistently produced some of music's most unique artists. Sean's 2012 mixtape Detroit was an early testament to his love and gratitude for his city, and eight years later his fifth studio album, Detroit 2, finds the rapper revisiting themes of formative experiences, self-reflection, and growth through a lens of appreciation for the city that made him.
For much of his time in the Hip Hop industry, Big Sean‘s career has been defined by his attempts at finding his place amongst his blogging era peers such as Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. The aforementioned rappers have entered elite status as the music is concerned, but Big Sean has struggled in hitting that level in his career despite having a similar entry point.
It wasn't his first album - nor was it even, technically, an album at all - but Big Sean's 2012 project 'Detroit' has become the rapper's totemic release. A mixtape that carried the creative heft of a full album endeavour, it was a homage to his city, his roots, and to the culture that propelled him forwards. In a year dominated by lockdown introspection, Big Sean has made the decision to return to Detroit, preparing a lengthy, if at times unfocussed, sequel.