In 2009, a young, hungry, and largely undiscovered emcee from Fresno teamed up with a Los Angeles producer with an ear for crafting albums and bringing an artist's music to life. We caught up with those involved in the making of Fashawn's Boy Meets World to hear the untold stories behind the album's creation.
Add another emcee to the list of those who've freestyled over Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail standout track. Fresno, California emcee Fashawn just dropped "El Chapo Baby", riding over Timbaland and J-Roc's infectious Adrian Younge sample. Fashawn has long been a favourite emcee of mine, and it's been awhile since we've heard anything new from him, so this marks a welcome return. Here's hoping we won't have to wait too much longer for The Ecology. For more on the California emcee, read our interview with him. Stream "El Chapo Baby" below.
This one's a must-watch. Murs and Fashawn recently stopped by the Standing Room Only studio in Minneapolis to perform "The Other Side" with the studio's house band, and the result is a really fresh, laid-back performance. The track comes off Murs and Fashawn's latest album, This Generation. Fashawn sounds as inspired as ever on this one; his verse is reminiscent of his Boy Meets World days. This marks the first instalment of Standing Room Only, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next. Watch the video below; shouts to Potholes for the premiere.
Fashawn's latest offering, Champagne & Styrofoam Cups, dropped yesterday. Early favourites include "Hola Santiago" and "Diamonds and Girls". We caught up with Fashawn ahead of the release for an interview, and we discussed C&S, his upcoming album The Ecology, and the verse that changed his life, among other things. Stream/download Champagne & Styrofoam Cups below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.
[Interview] Fashawn talks “Champagne & Styrofoam Cups,” his upcoming album “The Ecology,” and the verse that changed his life
Interview by: Martin Bauman Fresno's finest, Fashawn, is a name you should definitely get familiar with. The 24-year old Central Cali emcee has made a name for himself in recent years, after teaming up with Exile to release his debut album, Boy Meets World, in 2009 - an album that has been dubbed a "modern day classic." Since his debut, Fashawn has graced the 2010 XXL Freshmen cover, and shared the stage with the likes of Rakim and Wiz Khalifa, having earned the respect of both generations of hip-hop - a gap he bridges with Murs in their recent album, This Generation. Now, Fashawn is poised to make his solo return to the mic with the long-awaited release of Champagne and Styrofoam Cups (due November 20th), followed by the much-anticipated sequel to Boy Meets World, The Ecology, next year. The Come Up Show caught up with Fashawn leading up to the release of Champagne and Styrofoam Cups, and looked back on his career so far, as well as what lies ahead. We discussed C&S, how he feels about The Ecology, the verse that changed his life, and much more. Hit the skip to read the full interview.