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Big Sean On Drake: ‘They really tried to create a beef between me and him.’

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Big Sean, Kanye West

In Part 2 of my three-part interview with Big Sean, the "My Last" rapper discusses the impact Kanye West's debut album "College Dropout" had on him, and explains that he's never had a beef with Drake, despite rumors.

Big Sean was in the 10th grade in 2004 when Kanye released "College Dropout." The Detroit rapper was so moved by the album's final song, "Last Call," that it made him "tear up." The song about Kanye's plight to get a record deal inspired Big Sean's reflective song "Memories" from his own album, "Finally Famous."

Initially, Kanye's influence could even be heard in the way Big Sean rapped, but he says that is no longer the case. "A lot of people used to say I sounded like him, but they don't say that much anymore," he told Yahoo! Music. "I kinda developed my own style. He taught me how to rap better. He taught me how to write better raps without writing them down. I just write them in my head for the most part."

Watch Part 1: Big Sean: 'I Was Pretty Much A Nerd, A Cool A** Nerd.'

Even though Big Sean is still a relatively new artist, he has already had an opportunity to spark a popular rhyming style adopted by the likes of Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

It started with a song on Big Sean's second mixtape, 2009's UKNOWBIGSEAN. When he raps on the song "Supa Dupa," he takes a punch line approach. He describes a word, then ends the line with the word he just defined. He rattles off a few examples: "Used to the bottom, scuba," "It's going down, basement," and "Bald, chemo."

Drake began receiving credit for the style after he used it on the song "Forever" with Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West. "People really thought [Drake] came up with it," Big Sean said. "He said himself — I didn't say nothing — 'I got that from Big Sean.' I feel like a lot of other rappers got it from him too. People always ask me, Are you mad? At first I was mad. [I thought] that's crazy people get on, but it wasn't really about that. I was inspired because it showed me how far I could go as an artist. I felt like I changed the game before I even dropped the album. It was real inspiring."

In Part 3, my final segment, Big Sean explains how he convinced Kanye West to sign him, why the public should cut the controversial rapper some slack, and what it was like coming up in the Detroit rap scene.

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