G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean is officially down with the Detroit Pistons. The Motown hip-hop superstar has secured the position of his hometown team’s creative director of innovation.
Big Sean Joins Detroit Pistons
According to reports, Sean Don is now way more than a diehard fan of the Pistons. B.I. even reflected on previously begging for his hometown team to get him a j-o-b.
Both Sean and the Detroit Pistons announced Tuesday that the six-time Grammy nominee is his hometown team’s newly minted creative director of innovation. In the role, Sean, 32, will help guide the franchise’s cultural aesthetics both on and off the court from merchandise design to in-game experiences to community involvement.
“It was really something I threw out in the universe one day,” Sean said. “I mentioned it, like, man, ‘They need to give me a job!’ Talking about the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers or Lions. I’m a huge Detroit fan. I’m ride or die with it … I’ve always said that, but especially with the Pistons. It’s crazy that it happened like this. I’m just truly grateful.” (The Undefeated)
Big Sean Acknowledges Hip-Hop + Sports Connection
The rap heavyweight even acknowledged the close-knit bond between hip-hop stars and sports. Notably, music heavyweights like Drake, Wale and JAY-Z have past and present business ties to their hometown NBA teams with the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets.
“Sports and music goes so hand in hand because a lot of us wanted to be athletes. And a lot of athletes wanted to be rappers or musicians. I feel like that’s such a common respect between the two, but both are very rare jobs, right? With very rare experiences. But you seen Kobe rapping, you’ve seen Shaq rapping, Allen Iverson, you see athletes rapping and entertainers playing basketball — you know, really, really trying to play. They’re synonymous. They go together hand in hand, so it’s easy to mix the two and it’s very natural. We’re in a studio watching their games and they’re in the locker room listening to our music.” (The Undefeated)
Drake’s Iced-Out Toronto Raptors Championship Rings
In October 2019, rap star Drake – widely known for his duties as the Raptors global ambassador – showed off his team’s iced-out championship rings following a NBA Finals series win against the previous defending champion Golden State Warriors.
JAY-Z Loves His Brooklyn Nets
Back in December 2012, JAY – who previously owned a portion of the Brooklyn Nets – dished on the top five things he loved about his team.
The jerseys: “All-black everything! And the lettering–the typography reminds you of the old subway. It’s classic.” The court: “It’s herringbone, which is crazy. In fact, the NBA fought me on it. They said if it gets shot on TV, the lines will mess up the screen. I’m like, this ain’t 1988–we’ve got HD. We ended up taking it to the old arena in New Jersey to test it.” Barclays Center: “It’s beautiful, amazing, really well-done. It’s just classy. It’s still an arena, so there’s only so much you can do. But for an arena, it’s actually really beautiful.” (GQ)