Despite jumping on the song “Sorry” of new girlfriend, Naya Rivera, where she basically calls out all of his exes and lets them know she’s got their man now, Big Sean still has love for his exes. But specifically, he has been very open about the fact that he wouldn’t be where he is without his ex-girlfriend Ashley, despite the fact that they grew apart.
“I’ve known her since I was 16 years old. A lot of the people criticizing me, I wanna ask, ‘Are y’all motherf***ers still with the same person that you was with when you was 15 or 16 years old?’ Me and her grew up. We didn’t always live in the same place and things got hard.”
And despite the fact that he “grew up” and moved on, he still felt inclined to write a song for her for his new album Hall of Fame, called “Ashley.” Thankfully though, it’s not a Kanye-esque joint where he basically goes all the way in on his former flame. Instead, it’s more an ode to her, talking about the good times (including folks getting drunk at the Eiffel Tower in Paris). But it’s also an apology for staying late in the studio, mistreating her at times, his insecurities of her finding better, and more. Miguel croons on the track, doing the chorus where he basically affirms that despite the outcome of their relationship, the rapper wouldn’t trade their times for the world:
And I wouldn’t trade it for the world/And I’m so f-cking lucky you’re my girl/And I, wouldn’t trade it for anything/No, not anything, and you
It’s definitely not what I was expecting, but that’s a good thing. And surprisingly, new girlfriend Naya Rivera actually approved of the song
despite how emotional it is. Big Sean said in an interview with Necole Bitchie about the song, “I messed up a lot. We would just go through things that young people do. I made mistakes, she made mistakes. At least I’m man enough to admit it.”
Check out the song for yourself below and let us know what you think. And check out Big Sean’s new album Hall of Fame, as it drops on August 27.