On June 28, Big Sean’s debut project, Finally Famous, will turn 10 years old, so he’s celebrating with fans in a special way. The Detroit emcee took to Instagram on Wednesday (June 23) to announce that he’s re-releasing a remixed and remastered version of the album. He reflected on where he was a decade ago and noted the impact the record has had on his life.
“It’s the 10-year anniversary of my first album, Finally Famous,” he said. ”I never experienced this, but obviously, I’m super grateful. It’s the album that changed everything for me. It took me from being a mixtape artist to going city to city and hearing myself on the radio with ‘My Last’ with Chris Brown to ‘I Do It,’ and ‘Marvin & Chardonnay’ with me and Ye. ‘Ass’ with me and Nicki, I mean that shit still go crazy.”
“That’s back when we were rocking the TISA hats and the ‘POW!’ chains,” Sean continued. “It was all different experiences, and my voice was super high, dog. I was just figuring it out, nervous as hell. [I was] relying a lot on No I.D. too. He not only executive produced the album but produced a lot of songs on there, and I was relying on his expertise as a producer. He helped me pull the album together.” At the time, he explained, “it was a different level of investing in an artist.”
Finally Famous dropped on June 28, 2011 and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard 200. The re-released version will include a new track titled “Freshman 10,” which Sean recorded two years ago. The song chronicles his experience after learning he was a member of XXL’s 2010 Freshman Class, which also featured fellow emcees J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Rock, Freddie Gibbs and the late Nipsey Hussle.
“It’s real nostalgic,” he said. “It really takes me back to that time period, that 2010, 2011 moment in my life.”
The remixed and remastered version of Sean’s debut album is set to drop on Friday (June 25). It should probably hold fans over until he drops some new music, which he revealed is on the way. “I know that yesterday’s stats don’t win today’s games, so I’m excited for the new music we got coming too, but I’ma let that speak for itself,” he said.
See Big Sean’s post below.