Big Sean and Kanye West were spotted together for the first time since Ye’s “Drink Champs” interview. In the early hours of Tuesday morning (Jan. 18), the G.O.O.D. Music founder and his former labelmate were seen leaving a Los Angeles studio alongside French Montana. The two walked side by side as they made their exit — a site many didn’t believe would occur so soon after Ye’s shocking comments on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s podcast.
As REVOLT readers recall, the “Monster” rapper expressed regret for signing Sean to his record label days after the two had reportedly seen each other. “The worst thing I ever done was sign Big Sean,” he said at the time, explaining that the Detroit emcee and John Legend supported the Democrats and publicly sided against him during his presidential campaign. “That’s some sellout shit,” he said. “And I don’t rock with neither of them and I need my apologies.”
The comments caught Sean by surprise as he claimed he’d seen West after he recorded the interview and was unaware that there were any issues between them. “Was just wit this man, he ain’t say none of that!!! And this was after the interview! I’m dying laughing at you @kanyewest,” he tweeted. Nearly a month later, during his own appearance on “Drink Champs,” the Dark Sky Paradise emcee further addressed Ye’s claim that he was “worst thing” to happen to G.O.O.D. Music.
“I took it personal because I’m the only artist whose put out five albums under G.O.O.D. Music,” Sean explained. “Cudi left a long time ago, business-wise. And they still clicked up and linked up. I’m the only one who put out back-to-back number ones. Platinum albums. And by the way, being signed to Kanye is a golden opportunity. He changed my life and I love him for that. But every time Kanye has called on me, within one day’s notice, I’m wherever he’s at. I’ve traveled all around the world for this man and not asked for publishing. Why? Because he gave me a golden opportunity.”
Despite his loyalty, Big Sean claimed that West owed him $6 million, a revelation that he said “affected me personally.” N.O.R.E. chimed in and attempted to mediate the situation and attempted to clarify Ye’s statements.
“As a brother, [me and West] sat and hung out two days later [after the interview] and I know he didn’t mean any of those statements,” the podcaster said. “His statements were probably coming from a hurtful stance. We all are human. None of us are impeccable. What I want to say is the man is your brother. He loves you. I can’t speak for him, but I feel like he was hurt at the moment.”