G.O.O.D. Music's own Big Sean recently spoke about how close he came to joining Eminem's Shady Records during the start of his career. According to Sean, he was a rap battle victory away from becoming Shady.
"Before I met Kanye, I did a rap battle, I used to battle rap," Sean explained in an interview. "I was real popular. That's how I got a good relationship with this radio station that I met Kanye at, but anyway, they were doing this rap battle to where this prize was $10,000 and a single deal from like Shady Music, Eminem and all them. So DJ Whoo Kid came and everybody judged and I snuck in. I wasn't even old enough to participate in it, but I lied about my age. I got all the way to the final round and lost to some dude. But I really thought I won but the crowd was more on his side. So I lost but DJ Whoo Kid and them were like, 'We gonna keep in contact and we're gonna do this and this.' Obviously they didn't but then after I got on with Kanye, I met Whoo Kid again and you know, it was all good and Whoo Kid was like, 'Man, I remember that battle! I was trying to hook it up.' And I'm like, 'All right Whoo Kid.' But you know, Whoo Kid is my homie for life so it's all good but yeah, that actually did happen once. I tried to hook up with Shady [Records] but G.O.O.D. Music was the perfect fit. I couldn't be happier." (Deal With No Deal)
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