Big Sean is in no rush, that much is clear. From the moment I pass by his security, I'm greeted by a casual and comfortable energy that hovers around the G.O.O.D. Music rapper like a Zen bubble as we take a seat across from each other at the table in his backstage trailer.

Despite a demanding tour schedule that's propelled the Detroit rapper around Europe recently, presenting his Dark Sky Paradise tour throughout a string of sold-out shows and crowded festivals, Sean takes his time with each motion. His detailed and attentive actions advance past just his devotion to the interview questions he's asked and the genuine responses he offers our conversations but the mentality also directs itself towards the personal and professional resolutions the rapper is currently focused on making in his life and career.

Three albums in and it's been a patient progression for Sean Don. Although his stock has been on a steady incline as of lately, he's admittedly more focused on his individual expansion, while learning from past mistakes he's made thus far. It's a maturity that's come with experience and time.

The security that's manning the trailer door checks his watch to see if we've gone over the stretch I've been allotted. But Big Sean is in no rush.

How has the Dark Sky Paradise tour been treating you?

It's been treating me great. The sold-out shows and festivals have been crazy.

And speaking of Dark Sky Paradise, this is the first time I've seen the sun in almost a week. I swear you've written Europe's theme album the way it's been raining.

Yeah. That's funny, because we've been saying the same thing rolling around. But also, the sun doesn't go down here in the summer. How crazy is that? I was up at like midnight, like what the fuck? And then it was 1am and then it was 2am and I was like, okay what is going on?

And then in the winter, it's the exact opposite in northern Scandinavia. You get only a few hours of daylight. That's why festivals are so wild in the summer, because everyone is making the most of it.

Oh my god. That's ridiculous.

So let's get into it. You gifted us with three visuals recently that were all so vastly different - 'One Man Can Change The World,' 'I Know' and 'All Your Fault.' So what were some of your favourite behind the scenes moments shooting those?

I like all those videos. 'All Your Fault,' I shot on my birthday so Kanye gave me a cool jacket that day, I remember. That video is raw and just takes it back to the essence of rapping on stage on the mic and we threw some effects on there. For 'One Man Can Change The World,' I just felt like that was so necessary and unfortunately, the timing of it was needed. So I was happy to provide that video. And to have so many messages in one and to be shot in black and white is perfect. And to see it from the kid's perspective of that little boy going through all that stuff, that's just what it is in real life. So I hope people see that and connect with that. And 'I Know' with Jhene Aiko, it's the same person who did the 'IDFWU' video, one of my best friends Lawrence Lamont, he did this one two. It's the second video he's done for me. Me and him have been friends since we were like fifteen or sixteen, riding around in the car together, getting pulled over together. We've been through all sorts of shit. So it's just cool to be making moves with your friends like that. He killed that concept of the video. Jhene was totally down. It was like old love but seeing each other as young.

You could tell that you had that youthful relationship with the director. You could tell you guys were having fun with it and probably sitting around laughing while coming up with the concepts. Both videos have that vibe.

Me and him, we wanna take it further than just videos and do movies in the future. But we just vibe out at my house and come up with stuff.

And 'I Know' is such a seductive song. It feels like those bad decisions you make on vacation. They're so good and so depraved at the same time and the track captures that so seductively. But the video is such a contrast to that in quite an ironic way.

Yeah, exactly. I just want to make videos that are cool, man. I don't ever want to just be rapping in front of a car with money in my hand, but I just want to take it further. I want to make the videos where people are like, I didn't expect that. Some people like it, some people hate it, but I think it's cool to bring something different to the table.

It's better to do you and stick to your visions than do something generic to gain approval. I hear that. Also, you tweeted the other day that you can see the progression in yourself. What are you most proud of and what does that evolution feel like?

It feels cool, because more-so than as an artist, I'm seeing the progression in myself as a person. I'm just seeing myself get way more mature and looking back and never being disappointed in myself, but knowing what I'll never do again. I learn from the mistakes I've made. It feels good though to keep progressing and being on an incline, you know? I'm excited, because I've been making a lot of new music during my in-between time, which is hardly no time at all but here and there. I'm already excited about my next album and what I'm going to do next. It feels good to just see how my mom has been so proud. When my grandmother passed, one of the things that I told myself was to make sure that I'm an artist that she would be proud of too. So still not compromising anything, but still showing a different side of me, because I'm somebody that's always been charitable. I meditate. I'm spiritual. So one of the things I told myself was to keep being myself always and never try and compromise for an image. I see the progression in being more and more comfortable to control songs more and more and I'm just excited about it.

You said you learned from your mistakes. What's something that you learned from on Dark Sky Paradise that you will be changing in regards to your creative process moving forward?

One of the things that I learned was, you never make songs for anybody else except for you, your fans and for therapeutic reasons - for it to be a release for you. I think I've been subjected to trying to make songs for the radio before or for certain things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I'm never going to do that again. I'm only going to make songs and the radio is going to have to play the songs if they want it. For me, I'm just going to be myself and do it for the right reasons. And those reasons are me, my family, my fans and the people that have love for me - and for it to be therapeutic for me. When I talk about the stuff that I go through, hopefully it will be vivid enough and clear enough for people to relate to it on their own and it can be a soundtrack for them. That's the whole goal. To sum it all up, when I started, I feel like I was coming from the perspective of wanting to be famous and wanting to be on the radio and stuff or be popular and now I'm coming from the perspective of wanting to really change how people feel. I want to make music that people will, 10 years from now, still be like, "That's still my favourite song," as opposed to, "Last summer, that was my favourite song."

I feel like you did that with this album. You've been making good music, but I would say Dark Sky Paradise is your career cement. So what's next for you?

More touring and recording music at the same time. I've never really recorded while I was moving around so it's a new thing for me. I'm anxious to see how that works out. I feel like there is something new brewing inside of me and I just don't know what it is yet. I'm trying to figure it out.


Dark Sky Paradise is out now.