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Concert Reviews:
Tears, family, big-name friends highlight Big Sean's latest homecoming at DTE

Special to the Oakland Press

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Big Sean returned to his hometown of metro Detroit on Saturday night, Aug. 31, with a fiery and emotional performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre that featured a couple of unannounced high-profile friends.

Fellow stars Drake and Nicki Minaj made guest appearances towards the end of a night that showed plenty of love for “The D” -- in more ways than one.

The concert was a followup to the emotional performance Big Sean put on back in December at the Palace of Auburn Hills, showcasing songs from his just-released sophomore album “Hall of Fame” as well as his debut, “Finally Famous,” and the mixtape “Finally Famous 3.” As the crowd of about 12,000 chanted his name, Big Sean and his band, including DJ MoBeatz, opened the two-hour show with “Nothing is Stopping You,” the first track from the new album, and the rest of the show from there felt like a family reunion – literally and figuratively.

Big Sean (real name Sean Anderson) even referred to the Motor City as “family” and brought his father onstage – and everyone laughed as dad jokingly refused to give the microphone back. But Big Sean turned more serious as he addressed Detroit’s current situation, telling the crowd that: “I know Detroit is going through a lot of tough (expletive) right now; the world is looking at us in a negative light. But this (concert) shows that we can are full of love and can come together and have a beautiful (expletive) time. We can fix these abandoned (expletive) houses where drug addicts live, who go around raping little girls on the way to school. Today it’s Detroit and tomorrow it can be anywhere in the world. Show some love to the city.”

With a colorful stage behind him and a backdrop that for the better part of the show was a huge Olde English D, Big Sean set the crowd ablaze while wearing a Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg jersey when he went into “Burn.” While performing “Ashley” a heartfelt song about his ex-girlfriend from “Hall of Fame,” he got plenty of crowd participation with the audience waving their hands side to side.

Signs of the highly energetic performance did take tool on the MC, who grew hoarse during “First Chain,” but he pushed through the problems and reached another emotional high point when he brought his mother on stage for along embrace that left Big Sean in tears. “I promised myself I wouldn’t be a (multiple expletives) and cry again,” he said with a grin. “It was my mom, she did it!” But that didn’t

Soon after the moment, Big Sean he quickly recoverd and “kept the party going” through songs such as “Mona Lisa” and “Clique.”

Drake – who apologized for being late due to a microphone malfunction – hit he stage for “All Me” and has his own words of love for Detroit, talking about how he would take a four-hour drive from Toronto every summer to pick up his father at the Greyhound bus station downtown. He and Sean continued with “Versace,” and the latter jumped into the audience while Drake performed his own hit “Started From the Bottom.”

Minaj, wearing a long, blonde wig, made her entrance for “Dance (A$$),” then helped Sean close the show with “MILF.” She also revealed that it was her first Big Sean concert, calling him “one of the most genuine people I’ve met in this business. And I thank you for coming out to support him. He’s one of those (expletive) that really is who he says he is.”

There certainly wasn’t anyone at DTE on Saturday who would say anything different.

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