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Comeback season is in full effect, Big Sean has returned with “Overtime,” his first single since 2017. The song is produced by Hit-Boy, Key Wane, and Milo and is the first single from his upcoming album Don Life. The new track reflects on nearly two years out of the spotlight. In a powerful opus on mental health, the rapper reveals that he didn’t actually take a break; he just broke.

The Detroit rapper premiered the song on Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. In conversation with Lowe and the Beats 1 team, Sean discussed the record, setbacks he’s faced and how he’s getting back on track this summer. “At one point I felt like [music] might have started to become like a burden, or like work, but now it’s just fun. So this is just me having fun bro, expressing myself,” he explained, “It’s deeper than just putting music out. It’s like I feel like I got a lot to say that a lot of people may not be addressing right now. You know what I’m saying? As far as just emotions and feelings that a lot of people are going through.”

Big Sean has spoken out on mental health in the past and he doesn’t hold back on this track. “Shit, I didn’t take a break, my nigga, I broke / Broke my heart, broke my soul, don’t cry for me though,” he raps, “One mental block lead to another, shit it’s dominos.” The song features one long verse. In an unorthodox delivery, halfway through Big Sean dramatically switches flows. He reveals he’s in “album mode” now and it’s clear the Detroit Don is back and here to stay. Stay tuned for updates on his forthcoming album Don Life. Listen to “Overtime” below.

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Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer
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