Fresno, CA rapper Fashawn’s 2009 independently released debut album, Boy Meets World, received almost universal critical acclaim with heavy focus on his age at the time–21–and the fact that someone so young could articulate the struggle so well. Many drew comparisons to hip-hop royalty Nas and the fact that Nas was 21 when he released his near perfect hip-hop classic Illmatic. Over the past six years Fashawn has released a handful of mixtapes, a couple collaborative albums, and an EP, but his latest release, The Ecology, shows that Fashawn’s debut was not just a flash in the pan. Nas himself has taken a liking to Fashawn as Nas both appears on the album and was instrumental in signing Fashawn to independent record label Mass Appeal Records. Highlights from The Ecology include “Guess Who’s Back”, “Letter F”, “Man of the House”, and “F.T.W.” but the entire album is worth checking out. Other guest appearances on the album include Dom Kennedy, Aloe Blacc, and BJ The Chicago Kid. The Ecology can be streamed or downloaded for free via DJBooth or it can be purchased from iTunes. The video for “Guess Who’s Back is below.
Saturday was a good day for loud rock and great pop music, which is why this is one of my favorite festivals to attend. The scheduling of such genre crossings always makes it easy for folks to find a little of what they need. Still really jealous that Brian shook Ted Leo’s hand.
I’m supposed to be watching the Los Spurs game, but the world can’t wait to hear the great news about Fun Fun Fun Fest. There’s heavy hitters like Mineral, Nas, Dinosaur Jr, Death Cab for Cutie, Neutral Milk Hotel and more. But, as they always do, there’s some great emerging artists we’ll keep you up to date with like King Tuff, Majical Cloudz, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen. Click HERE for the full line-up…tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am right here.