Big Sean had fans talking when he released a freestyle revision of his favorite Beyoncé song, “Me, Myself, and I” mere hours before the release of his new album, Dark Sky Paradise. In his hands the soulful R&B track got an urban reworking as he raps over the track’s original instrumental, which was supported by backing vocals from Beyoncé. Big Sean’s reworking of the song is a departure from Beyoncé’s original intent, which was to spurn a cheating lover by announcing that she was better off on her own. Instead of taking that stance, the Detroit-based rapper dedicated the track to those who have supported him, announcing that “as long as I got y’alls / never me, myself, and I.”
He went on to reference the release of his album, announcing that this was a free download as well as a teaser for those always searching for leaks, before bragging about his various accomplishments and sharing a glimpse into his relationship with girlfriend Ariana Grande. Regarding his and Grande’s relationship, Big Sean claims that the duo takes care of one another; he provides Grande with a musical education, and she provides him with dietary advice (she is a vegan). The track ends as Big Sean proclaims “we do this from the heart.”
Beyoncé’s original recording of “Me, Myself, and I” was released in 2003 as the third single off her debut solo album, Dangerously In Love. The track was written by Knowles with the assistance of Scott Storch and Robert Waller and was supported with the release of a music video. “Me, Myself, and I” shot up to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, earning the musician her third consecutive top five release. Since then, the single has been performed on several tours and has received several accolades. Most impressively, Beyoncé’s performance of the single that was featured on her The Beyoncé Experience Live film earned the musician a nomination in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Category for the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Big Sean released his fourth album, Dark Sky Paradise today, which is the follow-up to his 2013 Hall of Fame. The album features collaborations with fellow rappers and musicians including Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and John Legend. Thus far, Big Sean has supported the album with the release of singles, “I Don’t F*** With You,” “Paradise,” and “Blessings.” Beyoncé showed up at Big Sean’s Los Angeles listening party the week before, so this freestyle may be a way of offering thanks to his fellow musician for showing support.
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