Over the weekend, Big Sean closed out the stellar year he’s had with an even more stellar homecoming performance. Earlier this year, he took part in J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive tour, but for his Finding Paradise show at Joe Louis Arena, Sean pulled out all the stops. The Detroit rapper performed in front of a sold-out crowd, which benefited the Sean Anderson Foundation children’s charity and featured an assortment of guests, dope visuals and amazing moments on stage.
The show opened with the buzzing singer Bryson Tiller doing songs from his debut album T R A P S O U L, and when Sean came to the stage he put on an unforgettable show. Fellow Detroit native DeJ Loaf was first at bat performing “Try Me” and “Be Real,” with a follow up from Big Sean’s childhood friend and fellow Motor City resident, Mike Posner, doing the tracks “Smoke And Drive” and “Cooler Than Me.” Jhene Aiko followed Posner up performing alongside Sean for the songs “Beware” and the Dark Sky Paradise cut, “I Know.” Lil Wayne then had his own mini set which included the tracks “A Milli,” “Rich As F*ck,” “How Many Times,” and “Deep.”
The loudest moment of the night was an unforgettable one that was only right taking place in Detroit. Sean was able to get Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, Eminem, Trick Trick and Royce Da 5’9 all on stage to perform the motor city anthem “Detroit Vs. Everybody” for the first time live.
“Detroit. This is the best day of my life, man,” cried a tearful Big Sean. “You know, I’m at a loss for words, but I’m not ready to get off stage because I’m not ready for this to be over,” he continued, after finally closing with an emotional performance of “One Man Can Change the World.”
Check out photos and videos from the show below.