Detroit (mixtape)

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Mixtape by Big Sean
Released September 5, 2012
Recorded 2011—12
Genre Hip hop
Length 61:31
Big Sean chronology
Finally Famous
Hall of Fame

Detroit is the fourth mixtape by American rapper Big Sean. The album was released for free download on September 5, 2012 by Kanye West's, G.O.O.D. Music. Detroit features guest appearances from fellow rappers J. Cole, Juicy J, King Chip, French Montana, Royce da 5'9", Kendrick Lamar and Tyga - along with track narrations by Common, Young Jeezy and Snoop Lion. Wale and Wiz Khalifa are also featured in the bonus tracks. American singers include Chris Brown, Jhené Aiko, James Fauntleroy and Mike Posner. Production derives from Hit-Boy, Da Internz, 808 Mafia's own producers Lex Luger and Southside, KeY Wane - among others. The mixtape consists of completely original songs.

The highly anticipated mixtape caused the mixtape site DatPiff to crash upon the mixtapes eventual release. Detroit was viewed 1.5 million times on the day of release and was downloaded close to 700,000 - with 500,000 downloads within three hours. It has been downloaded over a million times.[1]


Sean first announced the mixtape on August 20, 2012 via Twitter and a YouTube video titled "Big Sean Mixtape Announcement 1972". [2] Big Sean released three song previews in the shape of short music videos as promotion before the mixtape release; "How It Feel" on August 21, "24 Karats of Gold" on August 28 and "RWT" on September 4. Sean paid for the expenses of the videos himself.[3] The title of the mixtape pays homage to Sean's hometown of Detroit.


The mixtape was named the 26th best album of 2012 by Complex Magazine.[4] It also won Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Higher"   KeY Wane 3:50
2. "24K of Gold" (featuring J. Cole) KeY Wane 3:42
3. "Story by Common" (performed by Common)   1:30
4. "How It Feel"   Million $ Mano 3:39
5. "Woke Up" (featuring Say It Ain't Tone, Early Mac, Mike Posner and James Fauntleroy) 4:44
6. "Experimental" (featuring Juicy J and King Chip)
  • Rami Beatz
  • Dez
7. "Mula" (featuring French Montana) 4:06
8. "Story by Young Jeezy" (performed by Young Jeezy)   1:51
9. "100" (featuring Royce da 5'9" and Kendrick Lamar) Don Cannon 5:36
10. "Sellin' Dreams" (featuring Chris Brown) Da Internz 3:06
11. "I'm Gonna Be" (featuring Jhené Aiko) KeY Wane 3:05
12. "FFOE"   Lex Luger 4:10
13. "Do What I Gotta Do" (featuring Tyga)
14. "Story by Snoop Lion" (performed by Snoop Lion)   1:31
15. "RWT"  
16. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"   Hit-Boy 4:46


  1. ^ "Detroit on". Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Big Sean Mixtape Announcement 2012 on YouTube". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Big Sean tweet on Twitter". Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
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