Kanye West made headlines when he called out the record industry for providing unfair deals to artists. Kanye taking aim at the industry raised questions about the deals his G.O.O.D. Music artists were under. Out of all of his artists, his deal with Big Sean was questioned the most after Charlamagne claimed Kanye owed the Detroit rapper $3 million.
In a recent interview with Fat Joe, Big Sean explained the early circumstances of his deal with G.O.O.D. Music. Sean acknowledged that he wasn’t a proven artist with a large fanbase or buzzing single, so his initial advance wasn’t much.
“[Kanye] just signed me because he heard me rap,” Sean said. “I had nothing going so, yeah, my first advance was…bro, I don’t even wanna say the number. It wasn’t a lot at all.”
After Sean’s statement, Fat Joe encouraged Sean to give the exact amount and provide the audience with a “Joprah Moment.” Finally, Big Sean revealed that his first advance was $15,000.
Since calling out the music industry, Kanye West has announced that he’s giving back his 50% share of masters to all of his G.O.O.D. Music artists.