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Big Sean leaves GOOD Music “to start getting a bigger cut”

By | Published on Monday 1 November 2021

Big Sean

Big Sean has confirmed that he has left Kanye West’s GOOD Music label in order to secure “a bigger cut” of the income generated by his recorded music.

Last week, the rapper released a new collaborative EP with producer Hit Boy, ‘What You Expect’. Fans noted that it was put out via another Universal Music imprint, Def Jam, rather the one he has been signed to for the last fourteen years, that being GOOD Music.

“That’s a forever brotherhood”, Big Sean said of GOOD Music on Twitter. “But business-wise, I had to start getting a bigger cut! I worked my way out that deal”.

Actually, there is another label to which the EP is credited, FF To Def. It’s thought that that is Big Sean’s own sub-label under Universal’s Def Jam division.

When Kanye West went on his big anti-label rant last year, Big Sean was one of the artists who publicly welcomed West’s claim that he planned to return the master recording rights in all the records released by GOOD Music to the artists who made them. Sean tweeted at the time: “Thank you! This would help so much”.

Shortly after that, Charlamagne Tha God claimed that West actually owed Big Sean $3 million, while adding that Big Sean’s GOOD contract was far from good. It fact, he said, the terms of said contract were “very terrible”. So maybe you can read a little more into Sean’s “help” comment last year and his more recent departure from GOOD Music.

“I hope one day Big Sean tells his story, but just know Kanye West owes Big Sean a whole lot of money”, Chalamagne Tha God claimed in September 2020. “And he got Big Sean in a very terrible contract to be out here screaming about giving folks their masters back and all types of other things”.

So there’s a story we may or may not ever get to the bottom of. Big Sean’s not signed to GOOD Music anymore, though. He joins the long list of artists who have left the label in recent years, including John Legend, Mos Def, Twenty88 and Kid Cudi.

Now, here’s the video for ‘What A Life’ from ‘What You Expect’: