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From Motown to Eminem, Big Sean's Detroit playlist
By
Del Cowie

Published

March 13, 2017

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Big Sean is a hip-hop artist who hails from the city of Detroit. On his new album I Decided, the MC leaves space for Eminem, a Detroit hip-hop artist he was inspired by to appear on the song "No Favors." Indeed, in recent years, artists like Eminem have been some of the most high profile musical artists to emerge from the city, perhaps best known for Motown in the 1960s, but the musical history of Detroit is well-storied.

CBC Music asked Big Sean to think of some songs that represented Detroit and his memories of living in the city.

Marvin Gaye, 'What's Going On'; Stevie Wonder, 'My Cherie Amour'

"My mom, she used to play Motown. We grew up to the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers, you know. We used to dance in our living room. That was definitely major, always being played in my house, but I was also influenced not just by Motown. When I was younger I didn't really like Motown that much. I'd be like, 'Why is my mom always playing this music?' Then when I got older I realized it was the best f--king music in the world. And it's crazy how different parts of your life, music can make you feel different ways."

J Dilla, 'Two Can Win'

"Obviously J Dilla and Slum Village. I was definitely a super Slum fan. Definitely a J Dilla fan. ["Two Can Win], that was my favourite Dilla beat for sure."

Eminem feat. Royce da 5'9, 'Bad Meets Evil'

"Obviously 'Bad Meets Evil' was a super influential Detroit song for me. That was on the Slim Shady LP."

Dwele, 'Find A Way'

"And definitely Dwele too."

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