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WATCH: Big Sean Gives Touching Tribute to Grandma with 'One Man Can Change the World' on 'Fallon'

by Carolyn Menyes   Apr 21, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

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Big Sean got tender last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a performance of his standout Dark Sky Paradise track "One Man Can Change the World."

The newly single rapper dedicated the track to his grandma, Mildred Virginia Leonard, who recently passed away and turned the performance into a way to inspire those at home watching.

"I just want to dedicate this song to my grandma, Mildred Virginia Leonard. She was a female black captain in World War II, she was one of the first female cops in Detroit on the streets. She got her master's at U of M. She was a teacher, a counselor. She was the best grandma in the world. If someone showed me one man can change the world, it was her," he said.

As for his actual performance, Sean kept it simple, rapping in front of billows of yellow smoke and a pianist as his accompaniment.

And it was pretty touching. Watch below:

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