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It takes a village to build an asstate, survive an assquake, or make a Big Sean album. The “I Don’t Fuck With You” rapper announced Tuesday that he’s postponing his recently announced North American tour—which was set to run from April through early June—to stay in the studio and focus on his upcoming project. “I’ve been in a deep creative space and decided I need to stay focused in the studio—so, unfortunately, I am postponing my upcoming tour,” he wrote in a statement emailed to ticket-holders. “Trust, we are working on something special for you all.” Uh, what does that mean? What is he doing?


Big Sean’s always been, well, kind of an ass, despite a pivot to maturity and good works on his most recent solo album, I Decided. Pitchfork even took the drastic measure of dubbing him as “the Nickelback of rap” late last year, which seems to both underestimate his position in hip-hop and just how profoundly people turned on Nickelback. This is all to say, what would a deep creative space look like for Big Sean?

I don’t know, since he’s seems deluded about his status in hip-hop, getting by on mindless hooks for most of his career (which kind of rules). The “cancel a tour, make an album” gambit has been utilized by more artists than I can count, and it’s just nebulous enough to cover almost any possible excuse: dwindling ticket sales, general fatigue, or wanting to stay home and binge The Sopranos last-minute. It’s likely a pain in the ass for bookers, promoters, and venues, but fans will almost always be game for the promise of something new.


Big Sean, what are you doing?

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