Back in April, I told you that local rap icon Fashawn was in talks with Nas to release “The Ecology” (the much anticipated follow-up to 2009′s “Boy Meets World”). This after being invited to join the New York rapper on stage during a sold-out showcase at SXSW.
Now it’s official. Fashawn has signed with Nas’ newly launched Mass Appeal Records and the album is set for release Sept. 30.
“Fashawn is one of the most underrated in the game,” Nas said in a release last week. “The world is gonna know soon. We’re excited to have him as a part of the family.”
For fans, the album has been a long time coming and doesn’t look to disappoint. It promises a handful of collaborations (with Nas and guys like Aloe Blacc, who was recently in town opening for Bruno Mars).
The Beehive has been following Fashawn since he first broke into the national hip-hop scene in 2010, when he was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine as one of its freshmen inductees, standing alongside Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Big Sean and more. Since then he’s shared the stage with Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Talib Kweli and performed at jam-packed shows like Rock the Bells and Paid Dues (he also created his own Grizzly Fest here in town). In April, he performed the walkout song for boxing welterweight champion Timothy Bradley during the HBO televised rematch against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
Fashawn has always (and continues to) represent his hometown, as evident in this tweet:
— Fashawn (@fashawn) July 9, 2014
For anyone rooting for the local music scene, this is a great (and welcomed and deserved) bit of news. Congratulations to Fashawn and his crew.