Big Sean: Tiny Desk Concert

Big Sean gave his special Detroit Tigers/J Dilla baseball cap, an item that speaks to who he is as an artist. Sean doesn’t allow too much time to pass without reminding you of his native Detroit and his most recent freestyle samples an instrumental from the late great J Dilla. Sean pushed the boundaries, presenting one of the longest setlists in Tiny Desk history, but was also extremely gracious and collaborative with the team. This wasn’t just another appearance for him. “It’s something my kids can look back on, something my family can look back on to see where I was at in my career,” he said before closing with the rambunctious “I Don’t F*** With You.”



Sean Anderson’s journey from a high-pitched kid pining for the attention of Ye to one of the most respected lyricists and hitmakers in hip-hop is cleverly packed into this Tiny Desk concert. One of my favorite moments was when he touched on his background as a blog-era emcee. Most of the current kings and queens of hip-hop came up in the same era and it’s hard to fathom what the culture would be without that class. Every word and song of his performance was deliberate: from “Memories,” right up to the world premiere of “On Up,” a song dedicated to his son, Noah, with whom he shares with singer Jhené Aiko, who also gets a bit of shine during his set.