“No Favors” is a song by American rapper Big Sean featuring American rapper Eminem for his fourth studio album I Decided (2017). The song was written by Big Sean, Francis Nguyen-Tran, Mark Sebastian, Starrah, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Eminem, WondaGurl and John Sebastian and was produced by WondaGurl, Big Sean, and FrancisGotHeat.
This song contains samples from “Summer in the City”, performed by Quincy Jones featuring Valerie Simpson and was written by Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone and John Sebastian.
On “No Favors,” Big Sean and Eminem reinforce the idea that, for them, standing on top of the rap game requires no help.
While it isn’t the first time the Detroit natives have teamed up, it is the first time Em has featured on a Big Sean track. He disses Donald Trump for the second time, and targets media personality and Trump supporter Ann Coulter.
In a Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, Big Sean said of their collaboration:
Eminem was the only person I heard that could be on that song. It kinda reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. He is unique, he’s special.
Somebody told me, “Yo it sounds like you was mad as hell, writing this.” But that wasn’t the case. That was just the mood I felt. Just the whole sentiment of the track. I feel like in the first part of the album, “The Light” with Jeremih, “Bounce Back” and then this. And I felt like the first song, “The Light” is you realizing your inner potential and getting right on the inside. Then you bouncing back from your L’s, and this one is like you bossing up. Like, “I don’t need no favors. All I need is myself.” That’s kind of the first mentality of the whole album. The first act of it. On “No Favors,” I was just coming from that standpoint of being all the way charged up. Like if I was Goku, I would’ve just popped a senzu bean and been going crazy on them. So, that’s where my mentality was at.
Despite not being a single, the song managed to debut on #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.