Big Sean’s Homecoming show at The Palace of Auburn Hills had to be the biggest moment of his life, nearly selling out the 15,000 seat areana and performing alongside his best friend and DJ, Mo Beatz, with special surprise guests Kanye West, Common, J. Cole, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Mike Posner and Finally Famous own SAYITAINTTONE and Earlly Mac.
This was Big Sean‘s first headlining show at The Palace, turning up for almost 2 full hours.
This show was so surreal even Big Sean broke down in tears and could not fully perform “Memories” as you can seen in the last few minutes in the video below. This particular moment was hard to watch with out tearing up. Thankfully he asked for a moment of silence for everyone to regain their composure.
Big Sean is the first artist from Detroit in the last decade to perform at the arena level. The last show of this magnitude to hit Detroit was Eminem and Jay Z’s Home to Home show back in 2010.
The Detroit News stated, “Big Sean is the first act from Detroit to graduate to the arena level since Kid Rock and Eminem more than a decade ago, and Saturday felt like the dawn of a new era for the city’s music community.”
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Big Sean opened the show with a mini-movie, revealing what portrayed to be his day before heading to The Palace. Finally Famous rappers SAYITAINTTONE, Earlly Mac, Adubb da Gawd and Jay John as well as Detroit funny man Comedian CP all had cameos in this video.
Big Sean first surprise guest was his best friend Mike Posner. The duo performed a track off Posner’s A Matter Of Time mixtape, “Smoke and Drive.” They used to perform this collab in their earlier careers in 200 seat venues. Immediately following the duo was joined by their best friends and fellow rappers SAYITAINTTONE and Earlly Mac for an wild performance of “Woke Up,” off his Detroit mixtape, as the producer of the track, Detroit native Key Wane, watching from side stage.
The next guest, J. Cole kept the arena on their feet for their collab of “24K of Gold.”
The next surprise was just as special to Big Sean as it was the audience. Big Sean’s favorite rapper of all time, Chicago rapper and Detroit’s adopted son by the way of J Dilla, Common came out to perform “The Light.”
The show ended with an appearance by Pusha T as he joined Big Sean on stage to perform “Don’t Like” and “Mercy.”
Just as Big Sean left the stage and the crowd began to swallow the surreal night, Big Sean let them know the show was not over yet. At that moment I looked to my right behind the stage and Kanye West entered the arena. This moment was my end all be all moment of the night, being a fellow Chicagoan and huge fan.