As quiet as its kept, Detroit has produced many of the most talented lyricists in hip-hop, ranging from underground mainstays Guilty Simpson, Slum Village and Elzhi, all the way to one of the greatest MCs of all time, Eminem. So it’s no surprise that D-Town’s own Big Sean stays true to the culture, considering that he cites Slim Shady as one of his influences and always keep it lit on the mic. Ever since he signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, he’s been making his mark in hip-hop across three albums, litany of mixtapes and a new project with Jhene Aiko called TWENTY88, which he touches on his XXL cover story. 

The rapper, born Sean Anderson, is known for his witty and slick bars, ill rhyme patterns and rapid-fire flow. It’s what raised the eyebrows of folks like Kanye West when Sean freestyled for him at a Detroit radio station in 2005. Eventually, he was signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007, where he began his four-year mixtape run, starting with Finally Famous: The Mixtape and his debut album, Finally Famous, released in 2011.

One of the illest things about Sean Don is that he has a knack for having some lit collaborations along with great chemistry with his peers on a track. Not only that, but his versatility is nothing to play with as he can deliver a dope verse on any song from any genre, whether it’s pop (his ex-bae Ariana Grande), R&B (Jhene Aiko) and especially hip-hop.

To honor this, XXL presents the 20 best Big Sean Guest Verses.

  • 1

    "All Me"

    Drake Featuring Big Sean & 2 Chainz
  • 2

    "Don't Play"

    Travis Scott Featuring Big Sean & the 1975
  • 3

    "Slight Work"

    Wale Featuring Big Sean
  • 4

    "B Boy"

    Meek Mill Featuring A$AP Ferg & Big Sean
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    Rae Sremmurd Featuring Big Sean
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    Meek Mill Featuring Big Sean
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    Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, 2 Chainz & Pusha T
  • 8

    "Detroit Vs. Everybody"

    Eminem Featuring Royce da 5’9″, Dej Loaf, Big Sean, Danny Brown & Trick Trick
  • 9

    "Fat Raps"

    Chip Tha Ripper Featuring Currensy & Big Sean
  • 10

    "Till I Die"

    Chris Brown Featuring Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean
  • 11

    "Show Out"

    Juicy J Featuring Big Sean & Jeezy
  • 12

    "My Homies Still"

    Lil Wayne Featuring Big Sean
  • 13

    "All That (Lady)"

    The Game Featuring Lil Wayne, Big Sean & Jeremih
  • 14

    "Right There"

    Ariana Grande Featuring Big Sean
  • 15

    "Back Up"

    Dej Loaf Featuring Big Sean
  • 16

    "How Many Times"

    DJ Khaled Featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Big Sean
  • 17


    Common Featuring Big Sean
  • 18


    DJ Clinton Sparks Featuring Big Sean & Mike Posner
  • 19


    Kanye West Featuring Jay Z & Big Sean
  • 20


    RL Grime Featuring Big Sean