FASHAWN: I want to be more than just Fashawn the MC


FASHAWN: I want to be more than just Fashawn the MC


You didn´t have an exactly easy childhood. Was music the main thingthat helped you stay cool? How did you try not to think about the fact that your father was behind bars and other negative things in your life?
If I wasn´t pursuing music I could´ve easily fell victim to the streets like most of the youth in my city. I chose to put my energy in to something more productive like writing raps, graffiti, skating, etc. I took the negative aspects of my life and wound up making a positive impact. Having music made it easier to cope with the fact my parents weren´t there.

Anyway, it looks like you managed to get over it. Apart from a couple of songs where you remember your growing up, the new album is quite positive. The whole album was produced by Exile. Wasn´t it a bit of a risk to let only one producer handle the beats, especially when it´s your first album and good beats are always half of the success?
I was impressed by what he did with Blu on "Below The Heavens". To me... that album was a phenomenal piece of work. I was Excited when the idea of doing an album with Exile was presented. I can honestly say now I realize how big of a risk I took by choosing Ex but, at the time It never crossed my mind.



As your last mix tape was also done with only one producer - Alchemist it looks like you are comfortable working with only one producer. What do you like about this type of collaboration? Do you plan to feature more than one producer on your future albums?
I just love creating a certain sound with one producer. You can feel the chemistry in each record when it´s done that way. I work with many great producers and I haven´t stopped working since "Boy Meets World" dropped. Rather I do an album with only one or various producers my fans know I will deliver a solid body of work.

Can you describe your feelings on the day your album release? Did you feel nervously, excitement or something else?
I was amazed when I found out I made the top ten Hip Hop/Rap albums on Itunes. In the company of people like Jay Z, Drake and Eminem. I felt like I had a came along way and finally I´m getting acknowledged for all the hard work I put in.

Do you follow the sales of your album, or is your main concern to make a name on the scene and build a certain fan base? Do you read reviews? Do you take critics seriously and try to think about things that people negatively criticize?
If I paid too much attention to sales and what critics say about me I would catch writers block. It would drive me crazy. I do read reviews that people write about me when I get the chance. I mostly read fan comments, how they feel about my music means the most to me.

When I interviewed Evidence, he told me that it would be a great idea to form a project that would feature himself, Alchemist and you and that he would name it The Far Left. What´s your opinion, is it possible to happen?
I would be down for that. That´s sounds like an amazing idea. That´s my grammy family. (laughs)



To me it seems like the West has lately introduced more talented acts than the East. How would you explain it? Is West coast starting to dominate again?
The west coast has a lot of hungry new talent and a rich history. It´s a matter of time before the world takes notice once again. I´m just doing my part as a representative of the far left.

You are doing a lot of collabs with people like J. Cole, UNI, Pac Div etc. Is it a part of mutual support, that you help each other to gain attention by featuring each other on your records?
For the record, I haven´t worked with Pac Div yet. I´m reaching out to them for the 2nd album though. I just want to help usher in this new regime of new talent. I feel like people look at me as one of the leaders of the new school and I don´t take it lightly.



How important on today´s California scene is clothing and fashion? You cooperate with Orisue, UNI are known for their love of sneakers, and there´s a lot of talk about hipster scene that loves rap...
I don´t know anything about the hipster scene. I´m from central california...not too many hipsters there.

You said that if you were not rapping, you´d like to be a journalist. Do you have any journalist education? Have you ever thought about your future when you won´t be able to make living off music anymore?
I used to write for my school paper at Mclane High School. My passion for writing goes back further than rap. Other than that I´m actually opening a skateboard shop in my hometown soon. I always wanted to do that. I want to be more than just "Fashawn" the Mc.

You´ve been on European tour with Evidence this year. Ev told me that it was your very first visit of Europe. How did you like it? Do you remember any particular moments of your visit that stand out?
I love Europe! I can´t wait to go back to tell you the truth. One of my favorite places were Amsterdam. Smoking weed at Dampkring is all I remember. The fans were amazing over there. I will be back in 2010.

How did European listeners accept you? Did you feel like you are "only" Ev´s opening act, or do you think they thought of you as Fashawn, "that talented rapper from Cali"?
The european listeners embraced me with open arms. I would hope they saw me as just that "talented rapper from cali" . If they saw me as just Ev´s opening act that´s fine. Evidence is my big brother in this rap game.

Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Thanks for supporting me and all that I do. I won´t let you down. New LP coming 2010.

Another interviews:
KEYS N KRATES: We love what we do
KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT: It´s only about pure love for creating the music
A-SIDE WORLDWIDE: People, who listen, love our music
EVIDENCE: Dilated Peoples reunion - 2010
B-REAL: I am a west-coast rapper with east-coast love


Autor: Radim, Rubrika: Rozhovor
4. 1. 2010

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