Dubcnn: What it do Iím here with Fashawn.
Fashawn: We chilliní out here in Los Angeles. Westside, Wiz Khalifaís on right now. Deal or No Deal Tour. Just got off tour. Shout out to Brother Ali, Break of Dawn tour in North America. Itís good to be back in the West Coast, believe that.
Dubcnn: First off I want to congratulate you on the XXL placement on the top freshman list on the cover. Thatís a big achievement.
Fashawn: Itís very cool man. Thatís a very prestigious publication. Itís a big salute from XXL, I was happy when they gave me an XL on my album - that was dope enough for my album. First cover for anything.
Dubcnn: Youíre re-releasing the album Boy Meets World with some extras right?
Fashawn: Yeah thereís actually a DVD is over an hour long. Itís just me performing at my album release party in my hometown. Itís incredible. Itís the biggest show Iíve ever done. The whole city came out for my show. Itís dope I just performed records off my album. I also had a camera dude following me the week my album dropped - I was on tour with Ghostface. The week was incredible I just turned 21 the week my album dropped, just footage of me on my birthday hanging out. Itís just a deeper look into my life.
Dubcnn: A lot of big milestones happening at once in your life. How was it like to drop your album, go on tour with some really big artists, see the world, and just do a bunch of really cool stuff and only be 21.
Fashawn: All that stuff is amazing. I donít know I still have so much more stuff I want to do. Iím barely getting started. Maybe someday Iíll be ďwowĒ but not now. Itís crunch time and Iím grinding. Grizzly City 3 coming, Ode to Illmatic coming, Ecology 3 coming. Iím focused. I still got another half of the world I gotta see; food Iíve never ate.
Dubcnn: Tell us about this tour with Wiz. You guys are really puttiní it down. Two independent artists, no major label and you have this house packed. Lots of fans.
Fashawn: I think that alone says a lot. No major label. Two independent young cats who built a foundation from the ground up. I really got a lot of respect for wiz Khalifa. Heís not that much older than me, heís 22. Heís a cool cat, real fun. This is one of the funnest tours Iíve ever been on. Independent rap.
Dubcnn: What cities have you hit so far and what are you hitting after LA?
Fashawn: This is my second date. We was in Pomona last night. We in Los Angeles tonight. I think were headed to San Diego tomorrow night. Weíre hitting all the Sans - Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo. The West Coast. Iím done with this tour on the 15th. It shall be interesting.
Dubcnn: Last time we talked to you, you talked about how you were getting some props from some big people in the industry- big producers, big artists. The list is huge Ė Large Professor, Alchemist, Planet Asia, so many dudes. Have you seen more people gravitate towards your music after that XXL cover? Getting more exposure?
Fashawn: Yeah I find myself signing more autographs now. Kids recognize me, now donít know One Shot One Kill or what The Antidote is, they just know the cover. Especially in my hometown. Because everyone reads XXL, as far as the hip-hop community. Itís helped a lot, as far as putting a face to my legend and this legacy Iím leaving. Itís great.
Dubcnn: So tell us what you got cookiní in the oven. What are you doing to make the legend bigger?
Fashawn: Ode to Illmatic, itís me paying homage to one of my favorite artists, one that I tend to get compared to a lot, Nasir. Ode to Illmatic is a free mixtape Iím putting out there, something that I was working on. I really take it seriously and canít wait to put it out there. Grizzly City 3 Ė the trilogy to my previous mixtapes that I started with. I started with, Grizzly City 1 back in Ď06, put out part two. Actually did some songs from part 2 tonight Grizzly City 3 is coming. The Ecology, executive produced by DJ Khalil Ė some of the illest in the game. Iím reaching out to Black Milk, Exile of course, Alchemist (smiling). Iím just excited to get started on that project. As soon as I get back from tour, Iím in the studio working on that project. I canít wait. 2010 is already busy as fuck.
Dubcnn: Talk about some music. You talk about Nas, obviously a big influence of yours. What kind of albums are you looking out for that are about to drop? I know he has that Distant Relatives coming out and some other stuff. What are you looking for as a fan of hip-hop?
Fashawn: Iím looking for Guilty Simpsonís project, thatís dope. The next Lupe Fiasco project. Carter 4, thatís gonna be great for hip-hop. I wish Tupac would be resurrected, that would be great, l bet he probably has some stuff coming out. Iím waiting for Nipsey Hussleís album to drop, South Central State of Mind. Waiting for all this good music to come, I canít wait for it to come. Wiz Khalifaís album is dope Kush and Orange Juice, I have that, itís dope.
Dubcnn: Before we sign off, tell us where we can find your latest stuff online.
Fashawn: You can find my stuff on any given blog. You can find my stuff on Dubcnn of course. If youíre not on Dubcnn upgrade your life. You know my site fashawn.net. Or you can go to the store and buy some. Until then free mixtapes, Iím not gonna do you like that. Type me up, Iíll be there for your ipods, your ears and your speakers.
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