Shaping up to be one of the big drops of 2015, Big Sean’s moody and confessional Dark Sky Paradise has been taking over webpages since it’s release. Though the album leaked, it didn’t seem a big deal to Sean and, in the wake if its release, The Fader sat down with the Detroit rapper to talk about the project and, more prominently, the staggering evolution the young rapper has taken from his early years in the music industry. Surprisingly, Sean describes the succession of events after rapping for Kanye West outside of a Detroit radio station as slow, saying “I had little contact with him, so I knew there was an outlet there, but everybody seemed to be busy.” As many artists might envy, Sean has had a huge up in his career thanks for the support of Mr. West, but Sean claims he no longer wants to rap with the chip on his shoulder, stating: “I’m just trying to push the envelope forward, and make music that’s therapeutic to me.” He adds, “As a person, I’ve been growing up more and becoming better all around. I see the progression in myself—not just as an artist. I hope other people can see that, too. I feel like this is the album where, even people who may not be Big Sean fans, the tide might turn for them.” The interview touches on a number of sensitive topics that have hardly been covered before now, check out the full exchange here and share your thoughts.