Christmas came early for Shady Records fans when Eminem not only released a bunch of the label's biggest hits on Shady XV back in November, but tapped some of the biggest rappers from his hometown to lend their voices to the double-album. "Detroit vs. Everybody" is one of Shady XV's strongest tracks, and for Big Sean, being a part of that collaboration was so much more than a simple trip to the studio to rhyme about "the D."
"'Detroit vs. Everybody' is a mentality more than anything," he says. "It's a clothing line. It's a song now. But it really is a mentality. People from the D like me or whoever, they carry that around on their shoulders. It's because it's a place where we gotta boss up and make it happen. You either make it happen or you don't in the D...I'm really proud that we were able to come together."
Working with Slim Shady himself was a career highlight for the young rapper, as Sean recalls idolizing Eminem long before he got the phone call to come cut a verse for "Detroit vs. Everybody."
"Being from the D, Eminem being the biggest rapper in the game—you can just imagine going from my mom buying his CD for me in Costco to sitting in the studio across from him just talking about South Park and Family Guy and raps, just vibin', you know. I don't take that for granted at all. It was an honor to be on that song."
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