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10 February 2017, 11:02 | Updated: 10 February 2017, 14:21
Big Sean has opened up...
Following the release of his new album ‘I Decided’, Big Sean has shared a deeply honest letter that he wrote to his 18-year-old self.
“There is more to your life than your future,” the 28-year-old writes.
“Rapping’s been your job since before it was your job, before you were out of high school, before you faced the decisions that would change everything. That hustle will create your path for you and be a testament to the light you have to share. But it will leave you with a lot more to work on.”
Watch Sean read a snippet from the letter below:
In the inspirational letter, Sean also tells his younger self that happiness won’t always come from his career – but rather when he allows himself to be “present” for things.
“Being present takes as much effort and talent as killing a verse, or writing a good song,” he says.
“I know it doesn't feel as natural, but remember those times when you gave yourself the opportunity to live and feel free — to enjoy your friends, enjoy your family, enjoy young love. That's where you found the inspiration to write and go harder. At 28, this is what you're working on now. The high won't last.”
Big Sean also describes his experience of growing up in Detroit and experiencing racism, as well as reminding himself to stand up for what’s right.
“One day your city will need you. Flint up the road will need you. They're going to need all the help they can get. Give these people a hero to look up to — a black one at that — one that the whole city can be proud of.”
Read the full letter here.