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Where is Big Sean from? In a sense, Big Sean is from Detroit, as that’s where he grew up, but the GOOD Music rapper is actually from Santa Monica, California, where he was born Sean Michael Leonard Anderson on March 25, 1988. Big Sean moved as a child from Cali to the Motor City, where he first began rhyming. A frequent rap battler and freestyler, Sean got his big break in 2005, when he went to a local radio station with hopes of impressing Kanye West. Yeezy dug his flow, and two years later, he signed him to his GOOD Music imprint. Their partnership has since led to two studio albums, “Finally Famous” (2011) and “Hall of Fame” (2013), both of which made the top 5 of the Billboard 200.

If you ask most fans where Big Sean is from, they might say Detroit, since he raps about the “west side” of that Midwestern city quite often in his music. But technically speaking, Sean is from the West Coast. Still, he’s proud of his adopted hometown, and in 2012, he released a mixtape called “Detroit.” That collection is one of four mixtapes he’s dropped over the years, and Sean’s discography also includes a string guest spots on other artists’ singles. He’s collaborated with everyone from Kelly Rowland and Chris Brown to Juicy J and Justin Bieber, whose “As Long As You Love Me” hit No. 6 in 2012.

Where Big Sean is from may be immaterial, as with most up-and-coming MCs, it’s more a matter of where he’s going. In October 2013, news broke of his engagement to actress Naya Rivera, and once the two tie the knot, he’ll be one-half of a Hollywood power couple — a kind of lesser version of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. But Big Sean is from Detroit, a gritty city where you learn to work hard and never give up, so it’s possible the young rhymer will emerge as a superstar on the same level as West and some of the other A-listers he’s worked with.

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