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Life: the experience or state of being alive.
Once you fly the nest, you’re forced to deal with the realities of life. It takes many a while before they’re able to realize the beauty of life and the fact that they’re actually responsible for where they’re destined to be. Whether you experience your hardships with family, at home, school, work, with friends, or in a relationship, it’s always important to remain true to yourself and don’t let anyone or any obstacles you face deter you from the goals you’ve set to accomplish. We’ve all been thrown a few L’s in life, but it’s all about the way you bounce back. It’s okay to cut off all negative energy and focus on the prize.
Big Sean said it best, “My whole life changed when I Decided.”
The rapper released his fourth studio album, “I Decided.” on February 3rd, and has been receiving positive feedback from his fans. When the album first released digitally, it was the number one album on iTunes and Sean also managed to snatch the number one album and song spot on Apple Music. There have been talks of the album possibly making its way to number one on the Billboard top 100 chart, and its only been available for a week.
On this album, Sean shows his versatility and strength to the world, not only showcasing how much he’s grown musically, but also as a person. Although he’s been thrown several curve-balls in life, he’s grateful for everything he’s been through, for it has helped him become the man he is today, and he continues to remain hungry.
Big Sean attended the Jimmy Fallon show to promote his album and revealed the inspiration behind his album cover art. The man on the left represents Big Sean today, whereas the man on the right depicts Sean in the future.
“The album is basically a chance of having that wisdom of an old man when you’re young, and going through life and figuring it out,” Sean told Fallon.
When listening to the 14-track album, Sean pours his heart out on his tracks, rapping about everything from the love he has for his family, his hometown Detroit, the many blessings he’s received thus far, and his rise to fame and becoming successful. Sean experienced several hardships, but that hasn’t stopped him from rising to the top.
Take a ride with Big Sean and vibe out to the highs and lows of his lyrics, as he too has experienced the same things as any average individual, but continues to chase his dream, and encourages the world to be dream chasers.
Here’s a highlight of 5 inspirational takeaways from “I Decided.”
“God, I have been doing the same thing in the same place, working the same job for 45 years. You know that. Shit just flew by. What am I really even doing? God, I know we rarely talk, but every day I wake up I feel like, I feel like I blew it; with my family, with her, these kids around here don’t have no one to look up to. Should have been me. This job ain’t me, man. This ain’t what I’m supposed to be doing in my life, man.”
The intro of the album explains Sean’s older self having an epiphany. We’ve all been in a place where we sit in a quiet room, alone, and your mind begins to wander. You dwell on your past, and how it has effected your present. As you reflect, you become depressed about how stagnant your life has been for the past couple of years, and time is currently of the essence. Everyday you become more depressed about how much more you could’ve accomplished in life, and wish you could’ve been a better role model for your family and kids, as them seeing you striving for your dreams would make them want to work 10x harder to be bigger and better than you were.
You can have all the money in the world, but money can’t buy happiness.You never want to be in a place where you look back at your past and wish you never settled in life. Don’t settle for less. Everything won’t be handed to you on a silver spoon. It’s your responsibility to wake up everyday and go after what you’re passionate about until you make it there. And once you get there never become comfortable, because there’s someone else out there that’s just as qualified as you are that’s fighting to take your position.
My dad from Louisiana, man the smallest town
Where if they know you brown, they might hold you down
And even hose you down, man
Since I’m a son, I feel like I gotta stunt hard
I took the hand that they gave me and played the Donald Trump card
And realized counting money never feel as good as counting blessings
And a loaded mind is more dangerous than a loaded weapon
So when they take the fame, take the crib
Take our cars, now we gotta take the train
Hood niggas takin’ chains, slave master take our names
5-0 take the shot and young souls take the blame
Man, but they can’t take away the light
Sean reflects on his dad’s era, where growing up in the South during the mid 1900’s wasn’t easy for African Americans. African Americans were captured as slaves, and forced to serve their slave masters, who tried to diminish and take away their identities. They fought hard for their freedom, and were later granted rights that Sean was blessed to experience growing up, unlike his ancestors. Although, systematic racism still exists today, and the United States continues to experience several incidents of police brutality, that doesn’t mean African Americans should stop fighting for their rights. Although we have experienced several injustices, African Americans must continue to have faith in their community, as they will always rise above and find the “light.”
Jump Out The Window
Straight up, straight up, look
Know ya momma didn’t raise you to take no disrespect, yeah
I feel, I feel like real queens know how to keep the game in check, yeah
You cried on my phone the whole night
That time he crossed the line yeah, yeah, yeah
(Oh I was there) I went to straighten his ass out
And you told me never mind yeah, yeah, yeah
The question isn’t, “Do he love ya?” The question is, “Do ya love yourself?”
You give the best advice to your friends and not take it for yourself
Remember when you used to come through and hit the Mario Kart
And you always picked the princess
I realized you was princess way back then
There’s a stereotype when it comes to men vs. women. Society paints a picture where females are never equal to men. They are said to not be as strong as males, and they definitely show their emotions differently. After a break-up with a significant other, males are known for immediately moving on to the next girl, where as most females are known for dwelling on the past and wondering how they could’ve avoided the situation from ending the way it did.
In Jump Out The Window, Sean reminds females that they are real queens, and they shouldn’t accept being treated as anything less than a queen when in a relationship. Females were raised to not take any disrespect from a man, and it’s important to not make a man determine your worth. Not everyone you meet in life is going to treat you the way you treat them, and if you truly love and value yourself, you will never put up with any negative energy.
Oh yeah, and don’t be that friend that’s always quick to give advice about someone else’s relationship but can never follow her own advice when placed in the same situation.
I know my great, great, great aunty was a slave
I could only imagine all the sacrifice she made
I could only imagine all the shit she had to take
I’mma make sure all the blood she gave wasn’t in vain
Hard work and dedication takes sacrifices. Sometimes you have to get rid of the extra baggage in your life to focus on getting to where you want to be, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sean had to prioritize his career over everything else that was taking place in his life, and that helped him level up and become the successful man he is today. Sean knows his ancestors fought hard and made several sacrifices to ensure he never went through what they had to go through, and for that he is thankful. He’s going to make sure that they know how thankful he is, and it’s important that we make sacrifices for the ones we love and never forget the people that believed in us and held us down along the way to the top.
Bigger Than Me
I seen people in the same place 10 years later
Man that shit pathetic
God talking to me telepathic like it only happen if you let it
I can’t spend my whole life looking at the same ceiling fan
When I feel like I ain’t got no ceilings man
If I ain’t special why I feel it then?
I gotta get on the road
I gotta be the one chose
I gotta come back and tell the greatest story they never told
This must be the feeling that you get when you know you close
And you know it’s a way in even when the doors are closed
And realize this shit is bigger than me yeah
Sean is grateful for the people he has in his life and wants them to be proud of his accomplishments, as he does it all for them.
The sky is the limit, and nothing or no one should stop you from striving to be at the top. Continue to work hard and aim to be the best you that you can be. The only way you can become stagnant in life is if you allow yourself to become comfortable. Don’t stop shooting for the stars. Make those you love proud, and witnessing your persistence will lead them to follow in your footsteps.