Big Sean Essentials
The Detroit-reared Big Sean began his career in Kanye West's shadow—but he's now a standalone star. Having signed to Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music after accosting him at a radio station and impressing with a freestyle, Sean properly debuted in 2011 with Finally Famous, a guest-heavy shot that only hinted at the rapper's true talent. Hall of Fame, which came two years later, changed the game as the MC's swagger was paired with beats that lit up the club. It's a blend he's been riding to riches ever since.