Days away from the September 4 release of his fifth studio album, ‘Detroit 2,’ rapper Big Sean is hot on the promo trail in its support.
Most recently taking to ‘New York’ magazine, the GRAMMY-nominated rapper discussed a number of hot topics around his career including his support of Kanye West‘s political aspirations, rumored beef with Kendrick Lamar (as we reported here), and reflected on his relationship with late actress Naya Rivera.
Though he released an emotional statement shortly after the 33-year-old’s death (as we reported here), some of her fans labeled his comments attention-seeking as she was famously attached to his diss track ‘IDFWU’ (a song released after their highly publicized breakup).
Now, over five years after the controversial tune’s premiere, Sean is clearing the air.
Despite casting a Rivera lookalike in the Lawrence Lamont-directed music video (as seen above), Sean maintains the tune was never about the actress or his failed romantic relationship with her.
When quizzed by ‘New York’ magazine on any regrets he may have about the song in light of her tragic death, he responded:
“That’s a tough question to answer because I’m still processing a lot of that … I don’t feel comfortable talking about it because I want to respect her. She’s made such an impact on people, and she’s done so many great things in her life and her career that it was hurtful to even have that [song] be associated with her. It wasn’t a diss to her,” Sean said. “I truly made the song and played it for her. She knew about it, and she liked it. We had a breakup that was very public, and we were young and we forgave each other and moved on from that. If I would have known something this tragic would have happened, I would have never made the song.”