Big Sean opens up about competing with hip-hop’s ‘so-called bigger three’: Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar

A candid freestyle from the Detroit wordsmith
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Big Sean, the lyrical maestro hailing from the Motor City, has once again stepped into the spotlight. This time, it’s not a chart-topping single or a flashy music video. Instead, it’s a raw and unfiltered freestyle that has fans buzzing.

The freestyle heard 'round the world

In a surprise move, Big Sean dropped a freestyle over a classic J Dilla beat. But this wasn’t just any freestyle. It was a glimpse into the mind of an artist who’s been grinding for years, navigating the treacherous waters of hip-hop stardom.

"I think where I lack most as an artist is consistency,” Sean confesses in the opening lines. “I just haven’t had the energy to compete with enemies or y’all so-called bigger three."

Wait, rewind. Did he just mention the “bigger three”? You know who we’re talking about: Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar—the triumvirate that has dominated the rap game for years. Grammy winners, cultural icons, and lyrical juggernauts.

The subtle shade

Big Sean doesn’t mince words. He acknowledges that consistency has been his Achilles’ heel. But what’s intriguing is his nod to the competition. Is he throwing shade at the “bigger three”? Or is this a moment of vulnerability, a peek behind the curtain?

"Every verse I lay, fans love to say, ‘Man, n-ggas is sleep!’” Sean spits, his flow tight and deliberate. It’s a reminder that he’s been in the game, quietly sharpening his lyrical sword while others bask in the limelight."

The untold stories

Let’s rewind the tape. Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar—rumored tension. Drake and Sean—collaborators on tracks like “All Me” and “Blessings.” J. Cole and Sean—partners in rhyme on “Looking for Trouble” and “24k of Gold.” These connections weave a complex web of alliances and unspoken rivalries.

And then there’s Jay Electronica, who once claimed that Drake borrowed Sean’s style. Hip-hop is a chessboard, and every move matters.

It’s been over three years since Big Sean’s Detroit 2 album dropped, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. But now, as he recovers from food poisoning (yes, you read that right), he’s gearing up for his next era.

So, what’s the takeaway? Big Sean isn’t backing down. He’s sharpening his pen, ready to face the giants. The “bigger three” may have the spotlight, but Sean’s hunger remains unyielding.

Check out the freestle below