Big Sean has officially left Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music after 14 years on the label. The Detroit rapper confirmed the news on Twitter following the release of What You Expect, his five-track collaborative EP with Hit-Boy that arrived on Friday (October 29).
“By the way this the first project where I’m on my own label as well,” he wrote. “No more lil dawg shit!!!! I bossed up! #DONLIFE.”
When a fan reacted to the G.O.O.D. Music breakup, he replied, “That’s a forever brotherhood, but business wise, I had to start getting a bigger cut! I worked my way out that deal.”
Still signed to Def Jam Recordings, Big Sean is now releasing music under FF to Def Entertainment, which appears to be his own imprint.
The news arrives just one week after Big Sean took to Twitter to reminisce about the relationship he previously had with G.O.O.D. Music artists.
“I also really miss the brotherhood I use to have with GOOD music,” he said. “I don’t know what happened. Guess those the GOOD ol days. It’s all love, but we use to really be clique’d up.”
Through G.O.O.D. Music, Big Sean released five solo albums, Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Dark Sky Paradise, I Decided and Detroit 2, as well as TWENTY88 with Jhené Aiko and Double or Nothing with Metro Boomin. Mixtapes such as Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG and Detroit were also released on the label, with Sean also playing a key role in 2012’s Cruel Summer compilation.
Big Sean famously signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007 after rapping to Kanye West at a Detroit radio station in 2005, at a time when he was taking part in weekly rap battle contests.
“Kanye shook my hand and started walking away,” Sean told MTV in 2009. “My friend was like, ‘You gotta go for it.’ So I tapped him on the shoulder and was like, ‘I’m an aspiring MC. I do this show every Friday. Can I rap for you?’ He was like, ‘No. I gotta go.’ I’m like, ‘Man, please — you’re my hero. Let me rap for you? Just let me spit for you.’ As we get to the entrance of the radio station, we stopped in the middle of the doorway. He starts looking at me and bobbing his head.”
Kanye West added, “It was like out of the movies. I could hear his personality and character and style in it. He just walked up to me and said a rap and I said, ‘I’mma sign you.’ That’s what happened. I wasn’t signing acts at that time. But I was so inspired by what he did. His voice was very compelling. His lyrics were very clever and the melodies and the way he was putting it together and his story. So it’s not that easy, but it’s a lot of people who rap who aren’t as dope.”
Stream Big Sean’s new project What You Expect below.