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Detroit rapper Big Sean released his fourth studio album, I Decided, last week. Now, the 28-year-old rapper has shared a letter to his younger self to go with the deeply personal project.

“There is more to your life than your future,” Sean writes. “Rapping’s been your job since before it was your job, before you were out of high school, before you faced the decisions that would change everything. That hustle will create your path for you and be a testament to the light you have to share. But it will leave you with a lot more to work on.”

But as the rapper emphasizes, success entails more than his musical career: “Being present takes as much effort and talent as killing a verse, or writing a song. … At 28, this is what you’re working on now. The high won’t last.”

Along with explaining the importance of connecting with family and friends, Sean details his challenges with race in America and discusses the necessity of social activism. “One day your city will need you,” he writes. “Flint up the road will need you. They’re going to need all the help they can get. Give these people a hero to look up to — a black one at that — one that the whole city can be proud of.”

Head over to Mic for Sean’s full letter.

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