Detroit is the fourth mixtape by American rapper Big Sean. It was released for free download on September 5, 2012, by G.O.O.D. Music. Detroit features guest appearances from these fellow rappers such as J. Cole, Juicy J, King Chip, French Montana, Royce da 5'9", Kendrick Lamar and Tyga - along with track narrations by Common, Young Jeezy and Snoop Lion. Wale and Wiz Khalifa are also featured in the bonus tracks. American singers including Chris Brown, Jhené Aiko, James Fauntleroy and Mike Posner also make guest appearances on the mixtape. Production is by Hit-Boy, Da Internz, 808 Mafia's own producers Lex Luger and Southside and KeY Wane, among others. The mixtape primarily consisted of these completed original songs.

Mixtape by
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2012
GenreHip hop
Big Sean chronology
Finally Famous
Hall of Fame

Detroit caused the mixtape site DatPiff to crash upon the mixtape's eventual release. It was viewed 1.5 million times on the day of release and was downloaded close to 700,000—with 500,000 downloads within three hours. Detroit has been downloaded over a million times.[1]

On September 4, 2020, Big Sean released a sequel to the mixtape titled Detroit 2, as his fifth studio album.

On September 5, 2022, Big Sean re-released the mixtape on all streaming platforms.



On August 20, 2012, Big Sean first announced the mixtape via Twitter and a YouTube video, titled "Big Sean Mixtape Announcement 2012".[2] Big Sean released three song previews in the shape of short music videos as promotion before the mixtape release; "How It Feel" on August 21, "24 Karats of Gold" on August 28 and "RWT" on September 4. Sean paid for the expenses of the videos himself.[3] The title of the mixtape pays homage to Sean's hometown of Detroit.

Reception and accolades


Detroit received widespread critical acclaim from music critics and fans, who hailed it as Sean's best work. The mixtape was named the 26th best album of 2012 by Complex magazine.[4] It also won Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[5]

Track listing

KeY Wane3:50
2."24 Karats of Gold" (featuring J. Cole)
  • Anderson
  • Jermaine Cole
  • Weir II
  • Aaron O'Bryant
  • Kurt Walker
  • David Franklin Reeves
KeY Wane3:42
3."Story by Common" (performed by Common) 1:30
4."How It Feel"
5."Woke Up" (featuring Say It Ain't Tone, Earlly Mac, Mike Posner and James Fauntleroy)4:44
6."Experimental" (featuring Juicy J and King Chip)
  • Ramii Beatz
  • Benny Wond3r
7."Mula" (featuring French Montana)
Young Chop4:06
8."Story by Young Jeezy" (performed by Young Jeezy)
9."100" (featuring Royce da 5'9" and Kendrick Lamar)Don Cannon5:36
10."Sellin' Dreams" (featuring Chris Brown)Da Internz3:06
11."I'm Gonna Be" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
KeY Wane3:05
12."FFOE"Lex Luger4:10
13."Do What I Gotta Do" (featuring Tyga) 
14."Story by Snoop Lion" (performed by Snoop Lion)
16."Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
Bonus tracks
17."Life Should Go On" (featuring Wale)
KeY Wane3:06
18."All I Know" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  • Anderson
  • Cameron Thomaz
  • Nickerson
  • Gordon Moakes
  • Matthew Chee Hung Tong
  • Russell Lissack
  • Rowland Kelechukwu
Total length:67:58
Detroit streaming version
3."More Thoughts (2019)"
  • KeY Wane
  • Johnson
  • Lawrence Lamont
Total length:67:58


  1. ^ "Big Sean - Detroit Mixtape on". Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  2. ^ "Big Sean Mixtape Announcement 2012 on YouTube". Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  3. ^ "Big Sean tweet on Twitter". Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  4. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2012". Complex Networks.
  5. ^ "Kendrick Lamar & Drake Win Big at 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards—Plus, the Full Winners List!". 16 October 2013.