Big Sean takes aim at making a concept album with his next set, I Decided. He reveals now the deep inspiration behind the album’s message and where he got it from.

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Sean’s fourth LP is dropping February 2nd and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he cites that a trip to a Motown exhibit with Motown founder and fellow Detroitian is what led to the creation of the album:

“[Gordy] was talking about Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and the Temptations and how one of the things they did was inspire people. They inspired people to have a good time, to do better — to be a better version of themselves. That really stuck with me. That’s what I want to do, too.”

As for the album’s overarching story, Sean is delivering a tale of a man who gets reborn — something he personally identifies with. “I [told my friend], ‘Sometimes I feel like I was an old man and didn’t succeed in life and asked for a second chance, and this is my second chance.’ He was like, ‘Make that the album.’ People who can be inspired by it, that’s who I’m doing it for. Everybody else can f— off or whatever.”

What do you think…is Sean going to pull off one of the toughest things to do with a hip-hop album?