“I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance,'” said Sean. “He was like, ‘Make that the album.’ People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f-ck off or whatever.”
According to the publication, I Decided will be a concept album centered around the idea of rebirth.
The project’s direction was partially motivated by Sean visiting a Motown exhibit with his mom and the legendary label’s founder Berry Gordy.
Motown icons Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations’ tendency to move people to have a good time and do better through their music stuck with Sean.
He added, “I’m happy we are delivering something unexpected. I’m excited to push the culture and push my artistry to the limit.”
The 28-year-old rhymer has already released the singles “Bounce Back” and “Moves” from I Decided.
Earlier this year, Big Sean partnered with R&B singer Jhené Aiko for the lovers-themed Twenty88.
His last solo album was 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise.