This has been a big year for Fashawn.
The Grizzly City native got national attention for playing the walk out music for Tim Bradley at his pay-per-view fight against Manny Pacqiauo and for signing a deal with Mass Appeal, the record label from the rap legend Nas (who many consider the GOAT — greatest of all time). The much-anticipated album will be released next year.
Fashawn is ending this year by giving back to his local fans and community.
On Tuesday night he hosts Beary Xmas 2014, which features an all-star local lineup — Grizzly City Boys (Omar Aura, Otis Reed, Dinero Sucio, Halo the Human, T.A. The Handful), Zee Will and rock favorites Strange Vine.
“As a child, I’d be lucky if I was able to even have a home-cooked meal for the holidays, let alone presents. I was fortunate enough to get help from local agencies and programs that we where able to keep a roof over our heads, so I understand the importance of giving back, even if you don’t have millions. Every little bit helps and I want to thank those local government agencies for helping me and my family out,” Fashawn said in a release this week.
Giving to the Rescue Mission was especially important for the rapper. He spent several months at the missions’ Craycroft Center after he was taken in by Child Protective Services in the late ’90s.
I caught up with Fashawn to put together this video (which you can watch above). In it, he talks about the importance of coming back and supporting those who support others.