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Big Sean Goes Big on Tiny Desk: A Celebration of Detroit and Hits (With a Surprise)

Big Sean brought the Motor City magic to NPR’s Tiny Desk this week, delivering a powerhouse performance that defied the show’s intimate setting. Clad in a Detroit Tigers hat and a Beastie Boys tee, Sean exuded a casual confidence that underscored the sheer lyrical power he unleashed.

The setlist, a whopping 14 tracks long (one of the longest in Tiny Desk history), was a masterclass in curation. Sean kicked things off with the introspective “Memories,” showcasing his vulnerability alongside his signature smooth flow. He seamlessly transitioned into the inspirational “Nothing Is Stopping You,” setting the tone for a performance that balanced introspection with pure hip-hop bravado.

No Big Sean setlist would be complete without the hits. The crowd erupted as the iconic opening chords of “Blessings” (featuring Drake and Kanye West) filled the room. Sean’s delivery of “Play No Games” and “Bounce Back” was electrifying, reminding us why he’s a mainstay in the game.

But the Tiny Desk format also allows for deeper cuts, and Sean took full advantage. “Light” and “My Last” showcased his introspective side, while “Marvin & Chardonnay” offered a smooth and soulful moment.

A special shoutout goes to the surprise performance of “On Up,” a new track sampling Jodeci’s “Get On Up” and dedicated to his son Noah. The love and pride in Sean’s voice were palpable, adding a heartwarming layer to the already impressive set.

Big Sean’s Tiny Desk performance was a testament to his artistry and versatility. He effortlessly moved between introspective storytelling and infectious braggadocio, proving why he remains a force to be reckoned with in the rap game.


  • Memories
  • Nothing Is Stopping You
  • Blessings (ft. Drake, Kanye West)
  • Play No Games
  • Light
  • My Last
  • Marvin & Chardonnay
  • All Me
  • Beware
  • I Know
  • Bounce Back
  • One Man Can Change The World
  • On Up
  • I Don’t F*** With You



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