Detroit rapper Big Sean makes Tiny Desk Concert debut

Big Sean performed 14 songs on the long-running NPR Music series.

Big Sean performing at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert.

Big Sean performing at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert.

NPR premiered Big Sean’s Tiny Desk Concert debut on Wednesday.

Wearing a Detroit Tigers-J Dilla baseball cap and a Beastie Boys t-shirt, the Detroit rapper performed 14 songs during a 25-minute set, including the world premiere of “On Up” — sampling the 1996 Jodeci hit “Get On Up” — dedicated to his son, Noah, who he had with partner and R&B singer Jhené Aiko.

Watch the performance below.


Big Sean Tiny Desk Concert Setlist

  • “Memories”
  • “Nothing Is Stopping You”
  • “Blessings”
  • “Play No Games”
  • “Light”
  • “My Last”
  • “Marvin & Chardonnay”
  • “All Me”
  • “Beware”
  • “I Know”
  • “Bounce Back”
  • “One Man Can Change The World”
  • “On Up”
  • “I Don’t F*** With You”

Big Sean spoke to WDET’s Tia Graham last September during DON Weekend on why it’s important for him to focus on Detroit’s communities.

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