Last night we had the privilege of going out to the Behind the Mic event featuring Big Sean at the Chicago Cultural Center presented by Donda’s House, the Sean Anderson Foundation, The Chicago Track, & Young Chicago Authors. It was an incredible and informative event. Donda’s House has done it again.
The event, which was free to the public, featured many talented people, as well as Big Sean. It is a part of the lecture series which Donda’s House has started. The series will feature successful and well-known people in the music industry who will come out to inspire those looking to get there.
The event was hosted by Che “Rhymefest” Smith and Young Chicago Authors Artistic Director Kevin Coval. They came out and spoke on what they referred to as the Chicago Renaissance. There is a great deal of amazing new artists coming out of Chicago as well as really positive movements. They introduced the Sean Anderson Foundation and Big Sean’s mother Miss Myra Anderson. Then Big Sean came out and sat down to enjoy the performances by alumni of Donda’s House and the Chicago Track.
The performers from Donda’s House were Mic Taylor, ThunderBolt Jones, and Shaina Jones. Mic Taylor and ThunderBolt Jones both performed songs about the issues with gun violence in the Chicago community. Shaina sang her powerful ballad, Powered By Love. The performers from the Chicago Track and Young Chicago Authors were Kaina, Icy Bach, Freddie Old Soul, Fleetwood Jones, and NoName Gypsy. All of the performers were amazing.
Following the performances Big Sean came on the stage and answered questions from Rhymefest and Kevin Coval. He spoke about his journey to becoming a rapper signed to G.O.O.D music. He wanted to be signed to Def Jam since childhood and was fortunate enough to have an extremely supportive mother. He saluted supportive parents and emphasized the importance of remaining connected to your family. Sean was raised in Detroit and although his family was huge into education, he was determined to become a rapper and did everything he needed to do to make that happen. He told a story about spending the last of his money on studio time and wanting nothing more than a sausage and egg Mcmuffin from McDonald’s. He went and tried to scrape up some change, but the people at the drive-thru just gave him the food for free. This, to him, was a sign that he was on the right track. He eventually met Kanye at a radio station and the rest is history.
He called Kanye the most generous person he knows, but a perfectionist who is very particular.
He also talked about the importance of integrity and his mother teaching him about the law of attraction. Big Sean is currently finishing up his album, which we can all look out for soon. After he wrapped up his comments with encouragement, he answered questions from the audience, which concluded the night.
It was another great event by Donda’s House. We would just like to say that Donda’s House is an incredible organization that is doing so many incredible things in the community. They offer great opportunities for artists to develop skills and gain a platform. Salute to Che “Rhymefest” and Donnie Smith. All of these foundations are great for the community. The Chicago Track and Young Chicago Authors also offer opportunities for creative people to do what they love.
Go to @dondashouse on Twitter & Instagram for more details on the night. Below are the pictures from last night: