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Big Sean talks Kanye West campaign, Naya Rivera and Kendrick Lamar beef in new interview

Big Sean’s new album ‘Detroit 2’ is dropping on Friday (Sep. 4).

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Big Sean is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated studio album, Detroit 2. He’s already dropped his single “Deep Reverence” featuring the late Nipsey Hussle and recently premiered the visual for “Harder Than My Demons.” If that wasn’t enough to entice fans, he’s amid a press tour giving details about the upcoming project and sharing his thoughts about the recent happenings in his life and in the world.

The rapper recently sat down with Vulture for an interview and discussed everything from his absence from the G.O.O.D Music Wyoming sessions in 2018 to the death of his late ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera.

Two years ago, when G.O.O.D Music founder Kanye West announced that a different artist off the label would release a seven-track album every week that June, Big Sean was missing from the roster.

When discussing his absence from the rollout that included Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nas and Kanye himself, he explained he just wasn’t into it at the time.

““I just wasn’t feeling the vibe,” Sean said. “That’s no disrespect. I was loving the projects, but I just couldn’t get in the groove. That’s just something you can’t force.” He went on, “I guess I wasn’t inspired. I was going through things in my head that I was still working out. I wasn’t ready to be creative right then. When I tried to force it, I realized I’d be in the studio just beating a dead horse, listening to a beat over and over and over. It would start to get torturous. I was looking at it as a job: ‘You gotta get this amount of work done, or else.’ I was still more in an observant point, living through experiences in my life. I had to work my way back.”

While on the topic of West, Sean admitted he’s been watching his presidential campaign and doesn’t doubt his ability to win.

Kanye is my brother, so it’s like … there have been so many times where he says something people may have thought was crazy, and I’ve seen him execute it,” he said. “I was there when he was in debt for millions. He believed in himself, and now he’s out of debt. He’s one of few billionaires in hip-hop. More than anything, more than a presidency, I just want my brother to be happy. That’s the goal.”

The “Blessings” rapper also talked about whether he regretted making “IDFWU,” a song many believed was a jab toward Rivera, who passed in early July after drowning in a lake in California.

“That’s a tough question to answer because I’m still processing a lot of that,” Sean said. “I don’t feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her. She’s made such an impact on people, and she’s done so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her.” He then clarified that the song was not a diss and that Rivera heard and liked the song before its release, adding that he probably “would have never made the song” if he knew her life would end the way it did.

The Detroit rapper even touched on squashing rumors of a beef with Kendrick Lamar.

“It was nothing. I didn’t even know what the fuck it was,” Sean said. “We communicated to each other that it was all love. That’s what you’re supposed to do. It should never get to a point where you can’t communicate with someone, especially somebody who had been in my house before, somebody who I’ve been invited to their mama’s house, or somebody I’ve made music with that was fire.”

Detroit 2 is slated to drop on Friday.

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