Rapper Big Sean is embarking on an unusual tour next month: instead of storming arenas behind his latest hits — “Bounce Back” has been inside the top 10 for five straight weeks — he will be leading small workshops for middle and high school students in four cities to expand his education initiative named Mogul Prep. The program aims to close the information gap that can hamstring kids, especially those from low-income backgrounds, when it comes to music industry jobs outside of performing.
“That’s the point that these kids need to see: You can still be in the music industry and not necessarily be a performer,” the rapper, whose real name is Sean Anderson, tells Rolling Stone. “When I stand on that stage, there are at least 30 other people that have something to do with me standing there. Business managers, publishers, publicists, agents, booking agents, creative directors, lighting technicians, sound guys — all these different jobs that they don’t teach in high school.”
Mogul Prep is the latest initiative from The Sean Anderson Foundation, which the rapper launched in 2012 in conjunction with his mother, former middle school teacher Myra Anderson. “It does take a little getting used to when your son is your boss,” Mrs. Anderson jokes. “But we get along well.”
The foundation focuses on