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Miley Cyrus video cameo was nicely timed for Detroit rapper Big Sean

21st Century Media/Digital First Media @GraffonMu

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Big Sean has plenty of good friends in the music game -- Kanye West, who signed the Detroit rapper to his G.O.O.D. Music label, as well as Lil Wayne, Nas, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, Miguel and others who appear on his sophomore album, "Hall of Fame."

But none were timed quite as perfectly as Miley Cyrus, who guests in the video for the single, "Fire," which came out as the same time she was turning heads with her twerking performance on this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

"Me and Miley are friends from awhile ago," says Big Sean (nee Sean Anderson), 25. "I've just known her in passing and I hit her on Twitter; 'Yo, I got this idea for a video that you should be in.' She's like, 'Yo, come down to the studio and we can talk more about it.' So I went to the studio and I played her my album and she loved every part of it and was like, 'Yo, I definitely want to be part of this project in one way or another.

"So I explained the idea of her being in the video and she loved it, and it got executed real well. She was elegant in the video; she had been through a lot, from emotionally to different romances and whatever, and she came out victorious and beautiful, I felt. I wanted her to be a metaphor not just for women but for people who have been through their personal fire, and I think she did a great job in the video."

And, Big Sean adds, he certainly didn't mind about that the VMAs furor might have steered some viewers to the "Fire" video. "I thought it was definitely wild, to say the least," he notes with a chuckle.

"Hall of Fame" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after its late August release and at No. 1 on the R&B and Rap Albums charts. Big Sean is happy with those debuts, but he's mostly proud that the album shows growth -- particularly lyrically, where the songs are more personal and even a touch more serious than on his 2011 full-length debut "Finally Famous."

"There was a whole new perspective that came into play on this album," explains Big Sean, who's launched his own charity foundation to help Detroit school children. "I think on my first album I was kind of like wanting to be famous, and on this one I really want to make sure that I'm not just famous but that people know I'm worth being here and that I bring something to the table.

"I just feel like, man, you can do anything you think of. I think that's something I know a lot about, and that I can teach people. If one person shares what they know and then the other person shares what they know, I feel like nothing but good can come of it. That's my concept and my belief on things that I'm trying to pass along."

Big Sean performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti. Tickets are $27-$52. Call 734-487-2282 or visit www.emutix.com.

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