Kanye West once revealed the “worst thing” he’s ever done in his career, and the comment is a damning indictment on himself.
In 2004, Ye founded his label GOOD Music as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and it allowed him to give artists he loved a giant platform that they used to climb the ladders of the industry. However, he’s also made some mistakes on the way, and there’s one decision he deeply regrets.
With his label, he’s helped establish the likes of Kid Cudi and Pusha T and put Common in front of a mainstream audience in 2005 with Be. The artist who has brought the most success to the imprint is undoubtedly Big Sean, but now West pettily regrets helping him achieve his big break.
Sean has released five records for GOOD, and three of them have topped the Billboard 200. For years, he was West’s right-hand man, yet, those days are long gone.
During an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, Ye hit out at the rapper and told the hosts, “I already decided that when I die, on my tombstone it’s gonna say: ‘I deserve to be here because I signed Big Sean.'”
He continued, “No, I’m saying that the worst thing I’ve ever done is sign Big Sean.” West added, “Nah man, they let that – I know this man mama, bro,” said Ye. “You know what I’m saying? I changed this man family and both John Legend and Big Sean when I ran for office got used quick by the Democrats to combat the boy that actually changed they life.
“That’s some sell-out shit and I don’t rock with neither of them and I need my apology. N***as is scared.”
Understandably, Sean was angered by these comments. He felt like his loyalty to West had counted for nothing because it had been wiped out by his move to help the Democrats oust Trump from the Oval Office.
“At first I thought it was hilarious. I thought the shit was funny,” Sean later admitted on the same podcast. “Then I took it personal. I took it personal because I’m the only artist whose put out five albums under GOOD Music. Cudi left a long time ago, business-wise, you know what I’m saying? They still cliqued up and linked up, right. So, I’m the only artist who put out five albums under GOOD Music. I’m the only artist who put out back to back to back No. 1s, platinum albums, double platinum albums.”
He continued, “And by the way, being signed to Kanye is a golden opportunity. It’s something that…he changed my life and I love him for that. But every time Kanye has called on me, every single time, no matter what I was doing, within one day’s notice, I’m wherever he’s at, bro.”
Sean emotionally concluded, “Wherever he’s at in the world, bro, I’ve travelled around the world for this man every time he’s called. And have done this and not asked for publishing a lot of the times. Why? Because he gave me a gold opportunity of signing to GOOD Music.”
Additionally, Big Sean was hurt that West decided to air this on a podcast rather than say it face to face during the numerous times they’ve met since he allegedly upset him.
After 14-years on the label, Sean announced last year that he’s no longer on the GOOD Music roster as he wasn’t receiving a high-enough cut of royalties, and it’s hard to blame him for his decision considering Ye’s critical comments.