Record labels often have their glory days, then ebbs, and at one point, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music was one of the most star-studded Hip-Hop record labels. Although Ye’s ‘Getting Out Our Dreams’ imprint has housed noteworthy acts such as Common, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Mos Def, Teyana Taylor, Pusha T, Dbanj, and Desiigner, several artists have departed from the label over the years.
Now, it turns out that with the release of his new album What You Expect project with Hit-Boy, so has Big Sean.
The news is likely to surprise many Hip-Hop fans because Big Sean had been signed to Kanye West since 2007, making him the longest serving artist in the label’s history.
Under the label, Sean Don released his breakout Finally Famous mixtape series, his first five studio albums, the acclaimed 2012 Detroit mixtape, and his collaborative albums with Jhené Aiko and Metro Boomin.
Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed Big Sean’s departure from G.O.O.D. at midnight when What You Expect first became available for streaming, as the album is credited to FF To Def Entertainment, which according to HipHopDX, is the Detroit rapper’s new imprint with Def Jam Records.
Moments after the Hit-Boy-produced project released, Sean confirmed his exit from Ye’s label on Twitter.
“By the way this the first project where I’m on my own label as well, no more lil dawg shit!!!!” Big Sean announced. “I bossed up! #DONLIFE.”
Two minutes later Sean returned with another Tweet to declare that things were still good with him and the G.O.O.D. family, and that his move was totally geared at securing more percentage of the profits.
“That’s a forever brotherhood, but business wise, I had to start getting a bigger cut!” Big Sean explained. “I worked my way out that deal.”
You can stream Big Sean’s new album What You Expect Here.
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