Big Sean has shared a new song, “Deep Reverence,” which features a posthumous verse from the late Nipsey Hussle.
Fans have been clamoring for the track ever since its producer, Hit-Boy, previewed it during a Verzuz battle earlier this year. And earlier this week, Sean surprise-announced the song’s release on Twitter, saying that “the world needs to hear n feel Nipsey presence!”
“Deep Reverence” tackles several heavy subjects, such as Sean’s own struggles with depression and anxiety. “I’m tryna focus, but baby girl keep holdin’ my mind for ransom / And that ain’t how it supposed to be, this man Hov got to a B / And his name Shawn too, I almost felt like it was me / Damn, I realized all my setbacks were inside of me,” he spits.
Later, Nip appears to reflect about his hometown of Crenshaw and his tough childhood: “I was birthed in a C-section / Hella cops and police presence, we got opps so we keep weapons / We on y’all block while y’all eat breakfast / A lot of shots, we broke street records.”
Elsewhere on the track, Sean explains that Nipsey’s death prompted him to reach out to Kendrick Lamar to clear the air about a long-rumored beef that many speculated began with Lamar’s scene-stealing turn on Sean’s 2013 song “Control.” He raps, “After what happened to Nipsey, I reached out to Kendrick / It wasn’t even no real issues there to begin with / Lack of communication and wrong information / From people fueled by their ego, it’s like mixin’ flames with diesel.”
“Deep Reverence” will appear on Big Sean’s upcoming album, Detroit 2, due out September 4. The LP is the sequel to his 2012 mixtape Detroit. Back in March, he released a trailer for the upcoming LP that featured him returning to his Michigan hometown. Other tracks to be included on the record are “Bezerk” and “Single Again.”
Stream “Deep Reverence” below: