Inspire Me

Album: I Decided (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This touching tribute to Sean's school teacher mother, Myra Anderson, celebrates the significant role she's played in his life.

    Mama you know you inspire me
    You deserve early retirement
    You text me, tell me to take my vitamins
    When I got a new love you invite 'em in
    When we break up, you don't like 'em then (no)
    Loyal, loyal, swear you super loyal
    Worth more to me than striking oil


    Sean considers his mom to be his inspiration and mentor. She appears via phone recording on I Decided's closing track, "Bigger Than Me."
  • You tried to keep me away from temptation
    Introduced me to The Temptations
    Marvin Gaye and Isley Brothers
    Dancing so hard the living room shaking


    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sean explained that I Decided is a concept album inspired partly by his love of Motown. "I was just at this Motown exhibit with Berry Gordy with my mom," he said. "He was talking about Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and the Temptations and how one of the things they did was inspire people. They inspired people to have a good time, to do better — to be a better version of themselves. That really stuck with me. That's what I want to do, too."
  • Other rappers that have dedicated entire songs to their mothers include 2Pac ("Dear Mama "), Nas ("Dance"), Kanye West ("Hey Mama") and Drake ("You & The 6").

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