February 2, 2017


Big Sean Did Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in Eighth Grade: Watch

Big Sean was a theater nerd, and there’s eighth grade video evidence. “So my philosophy teacher is Big Sean's old middle school teacher,” wrote Redditor itsanamethatidk. “He shared with us this video of him in a play that nobody has really seen.”

The clip, from a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, has been on YouTube since September 2013, but it’s just now being unearthed for the wider world. And *oh gawd* it’s good. Watch little Sean Michael Leonard Anderson take the spotlight as Ferdinand at the 1:20 mark.

The monologue is from the second scene of Act 1, with Sean hitting #shakesbars like:

This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. Thence I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather. But ’tis gone.
No, it begins again.

Sean’s new album I Decided drops tomorrow, and his tour kicks off on March 17. Next, watch the rapper reflect on “I Don’t Fuck With You” with Fuse: