Earlier this month, Big Sean launched his official return to solo work, releasing four new singles and sharing the details of his fourth studio album I Decided. The Detroit rapper revealed that the album would arrive on February 3 in an Instagram post, writing, "Can't wait to share this story with yall." In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sean opened up about the inspirations behind the album, which he says will be a concept record focusing on rebirth.
"I was just at this Motown exhibit with Berry Gordy with my mom," Sean said of his influences for the upcoming record. "He was talking about Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and the Temptations and how one of the things they did was inspire people. They inspired people to have a good time, to do better -- to be a better version of themselves. That really stuck with me. That’s what I want to do, too."
Sean expanded on the guiding principle behind the album's creation, explaining that the project tells a personal story about a man who is reborn. "I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance.’ He was like, ‘Make that the album.’ People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f— off or whatever.”
Watch Big Sean's recent video for "Bounce Back" below.