It’s been said that no one has told America more eloquently how to save itself than its black poets. On “Deep Reverence,” the Grammy-nominated lead single from Detroit 2, Big Sean’s first solo album in three years, the artist-entrepreneur-poet lays it bare.
“Damn,” he says, “I realized all my setbacks were inside of me.”
Plain as Pindar, Sean details the science of self with precision and care. Presenting glimpses into an inner world of empowerment, stillness and illumination, he offers advice befitting the times: As our nation awakens from eternal juvenilia and cultural vapidity, self-regard is one of the surest ways to reimagine ourselves and the world we inhabit.
“You know healing starts within,” Sean tells me. It’s two weeks after Election Day, and he’s quarantining in Los Angeles. Though the state laws are in flux and emotions are high, his tone through the phone is one of…