by Andrew Sacher
Since his radio-ready debut, rapper Big Sean has released an evolutionary mixtape and has had some memorable guest verses ("Mercy," "Burn," "Show Out," "All Me"), that have set the anticipation pretty high for his sophomore album, Hall of Fame (the one that doesn't feature Kendrick Lamar's murderous verse). Much of the album is void of club hits and instead indebted to the introverted emotional rap of Drake or latter-day Kanye, especially on the recent Jhene Aiko-featuring single, "Beware." It also features guest appearances from Miguel, Nas, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, and others.
Big Sean is also touring this year, including a run with Tyler, the Creator and Kid Cudi, and a NYC-area appearance in October for Rock the Bells NJ, which also includes Black Hippy, A$AP Mob, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, J Cole, and more (tickets). Sean and Jhene AIko recently performed "Beware" together on Jimmy Kimmel Live, so maybe there's a chance that will happen again at Rock the Bells? Video of them on Kimmel, below.
He was also supposed to be in NYC this Thursday (8/22) for a conversation at Gramercy Theatre, but that has been canceled.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with the 'Kimmel' video and two music videos from the new album, below...
Big Sean and Jhene Aiko on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
Big Sean - "Beware" (ft. Jhene Aiko and Lil Wayne) Official Video
Big Sean - "Fire" Official Video
Big Sean -- 2013 Tour Dates
August 31 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
Septmber 11 WaMu Theatre Seattle,WA
Septmber 13 Idaho Center Amphitheater Boise,ID
Septmber 28 RFK Stadium Washington,DC
Septmber 29 MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Mashantucket,CT
October 3 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada
October 4 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada
October 5 Meadowlands Rutherford, NJ
October 11 Central Michigan University MT. Pleasant
October 12 Masquerade Atlanta,GA
October 13 Bridgestone Arena Nashville,TN
October 15 Reliant Arena Houston, TX
October 16 Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie, TX
October 17 Laredo Energy Arena Laredo, TX