Big Sean Drops Freestyle Over Beyonce’s ‘Me, Myself I’

Big Sean Drops Freestyle Over Beyonce's 'Me, Myself & I'

Big Sean photographed by Elizabeth Weinberg on Jan. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Weinberg

Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise comes out Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped working: On Monday afternoon (Feb. 23), he dropped a freestyle over the beat of Beyonce’s “Me, Myself, and I.” Check it out:

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The track originally appeared on Beyonce’s solo debut album Dangerously in Love, which came out in 2003. The beat is savvy and crisp, sounding like a combination of Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” and hip-hop soul. It was co-written and co-produced by Scott Storch when he was at the peak of his hitmaking powers.

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Sean begins the track contemplative and contented, taking the time to praise his family and a recent performance. He hits his stride in the middle of the song: “Y’all bragging about so and so like ‘oh, he really it’/ The new n—a in rap, well can he really spit?/ Or do he just hide behind his skits like half of these rappers doing/ and y’all f—ing go and praise him in this bitch, like they the saviour of this shit?” Some commenters are suggesting this is a thinly veiled shot at Kendrick Lamar.

After that, Sean’s rapping picks up speed. He claims his “voice damn hear gone, it’s like 5 in the morning, we ain’t slept in days,” but he sounds energetic and fully awake.

For old time’s sake, here’s Beyonce’s version.