Big Sean

American rapper from Michigan (born 1988)

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson[1] (born March 25, 1988), is an American rapper with the stage name Big Sean. He was born in Santa Monica, California and moved to Detroit, Michigan at two months of age. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, and then in 2008 signed with Island Def Jam. He has also been featured in The Source, as well as the Detroit Metro Times.

Big Sean
Anderson at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March of 2021
Anderson at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March of 2021
Background information
Birth nameSean Michael Leonard Anderson
Born (1988-03-25) March 25, 1988 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • record producer
Years active2007–present

Early lifeEdit

Sean was raised by his mother, along with his grandparents; who he thanks for the properties of hard work and determination which led to his current success. In early his childhood Sean attended Detroit Waldorf School, a school of art. After 8th grade, Sean had to attend Cass Technical High School. In his later years in high school, Sean gained a valuable relationship with local Detroit Hip Hop station 102.7 FM; he would show his rhyming skills every week as part of a rap battle contest they held weekly.

Music careerEdit

In 2005, Kanye West was doing a radio interview at 102.7 FM; hearing about this, Sean headed over to the station to meet West. After gaining a strong relationship with the station from his previous rap battle routines, he was allowed in and allowed to talk to Kanye about his rhythm skills. After leaving a demo tape and along with freestyling for West, Sean left him impressed. Two years later after months of submitting and fine-tuning Sean’s work, West finally wanted to sign Big Sean to GOOD Music.

On September 30, 2007, Big Sean released his first official song, Finally Famous: The Mixtape.

Finally Famous-The MixtapeEdit

In 2007, Big Sean released his first official mixtape “Finally Famous-The Mixtape”. His hit single “Getcha Some”, gave him strong media attention and led to articles in The Source, along with the Detroit Metro Times. He also recorded a music video for “Getcha Some” which was directed by Hype Williams.

U Know Big Sean-Finally Famous Vol. 2Edit

Sean is also going to release a second mixtape on February 25th, 2009 called “U Know Big Sean-Finally Famous Vol. 2”. During the night of the release, Big Sean will be performing alongside Cleveland native rapper Chip Tha Rapper at the Clazel in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Finally FamousEdit

"Finally Famous" the album is being slated to release in spring 2009. It will be Sean’s debut album and is said to include a plethora of hip-hop heavyweights. Some names include: Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and The Dream.

Legal issuesEdit

Big Sean was accused and arrested for sexual assault in August 2011 at a concert in Lewiston, New York. In addition, Big Sean was fined $750 for turning guilty to unlawful imprisonment. Later the charges were dropped as part of the plea bargain.[2]


  1. Lacy, Eric (August 8, 2012). "Detroit rapper, Kanye West protege Big Sean admits first album was a flop". (Advance Publications). Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. "Big Sean Accepts Plea Deal in Sexual Assault Case". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-02-15.