Big Sean Presented With Award For Selling 10 Million Singles
Exclusive: After hits like "Dance," "Clique" and "Mercy," Big Sean was honored by Def Jam Records in Los Angeles last night. In his acceptance speech, he stresses giving back to Detroit.
After a 24 hours where Big Sean released what may be the most-discussed song of 2013 in "Control (HOF)," the Detroit, Michigan emcee was at The London West Hollywood Hotel last night (August 13) to accept an award from his label.
Def Jam Records, who with G.O.O.D. Music, has been the label home to Big Sean for over two years, presented the Finally Famous star with an award for selling 10 million singles.
"I appreciate everybody for coming out tonight. It was an awesome night for me, celebrating Hall Of Fame coming out in two weeks. I hadn’t realized I sold 10 million singles," said the guest of honor. Also in attendance was Thug Life's Mopreme Shakur, label-mate and Epic Records hopeful Gilbrere Forte, in addition to HipHopDX staff.
Top-selling Big Sean singles include platinum-selling "Dance Remix (A$$)" with Nicki Minaj, "Clique" with Jay Z and Kanye West, and "Mercy" with G.O.O.D. affiliates 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and the aforementioned West. Additionally, Sean has two additional gold singles from his 2011 Finally Famous debut in "My Last" with Chris Brown, and "Marvin & Chardonnay" with 'Ye and Roscoe Dash.
At the deejay booth with the microphone, Sean continued, "[This feat is] incredible, man. That’s an accomplishment. I’m a Detroit kid, man. In a city where people don’t make it out of; where it’s really slim pickings—especially if you’re doing music and things like that. Hopefully, I can be somebody that lets people know that it’s real; let’s people know that they can manifest what they want. I’m doing everything I can to give back to the city; everything I can to be productive. So I appreciate the recognition." Last week, Sean's ties to Detroit were called out by collaborator and fellow D native Danny Brown in an interview with The Fader. Subsequently, the pair spoke in private and claim the issue was resolved.
Sean then plugged his sophomore studio album, Hall Of Fame. "We worked hard on this album. August 27, man. Go get it. Thanks for coming out. Moet, thanks for letting me pop all these got-damn bottles, all this Rosé. Thanks to everybody who supports. Thanks to my crew. Everybody, man. My parents. My girl. Everybody. Everybody who makes my life easier, I appreciate it. This Hall Of Fame album is definitely a piece to the puzzle of Big Sean as an artist. I appreciate everybody who is a part of it.”
Additional Reporting by Jake Paine.