While many artists would be focused on sales figures and social media statistics following the recent release of a new album, Fashawn is just thankful that his latest effort, The Ecology, actually exists. It almost didn’t make it. Since the release of his underground classic Boy Meets World in 2009, Fash has been struggling internally to decide whether or not to continue pursuing a rap career.
Just as he went off on tour in support of the record he watched the birth of his daughter Hannah. “I found something that I loved more than rap, and it was flesh of my flesh and blood of my blood,” he tells us as he makes his way to his next appointment in London. “And so I was really campaigning the first album reluctantly, I wanted to be home being a father.” Despite his doubts about recording a follow up, he hid his hesitancy from the public. “Nobody knew I felt this way until this album,” he admits.
The three letter reason for his perseverance? “Nas,” he states. “Nas stepped in my career when I was really discouraged and really on the verge of not coming back. He reached out like ‘Man, you are incredibly talented.’ And told me that he became a fan recently. That made me step back and just look at everything I had done prior to that moment, and my impact on the culture thus far. And then I realised that I can’t stop now, not now.” The Queensbridge legend signed Fashawn, who had released his own Ode To Illmatic in 2010, to his newly acquired Mass Appeal label and has been championing the Fresno kid ever since. Esco even blesses The Ecology with a rare guest appearance, dropping a verse on the Aloe Blacc-assisted ‘Something To Believe In’.