Fashawn compares himself to Kobe Bryant, Nas to Michael Jordan, during MTV News interview.
The Ecology may only serve as Fresno, California rapper Fashawn’s second album, but on the project, the wordsmith was able to recruit a handful of Hip Hop heavies. Among those who appear on the newly-released album is Queensbridge wordsmith Nas.
Nas appears on The Ecology record, “Something To Believe In,” along with crooner Aloe Blacc. In addition to Nas appearing on “Something To Believe In,” the rapper is also the founder of Mass Appeal Records, the label Fashawn’s album was released under.
During an interview with MTV News, Fashawn spoke on working with Nas in the studio while he was recording his “Just Remember Now” record.
“I appreciated the fact that he said I was killing it,” Fashawn said. “But I looked at him like, ‘What about the second verse? Are you serious? Should I play it one more time?’ I guess that was just me being cocky or something. He’s listening and listening really closely this time. After the song is done playing, he looks at me and he said, ‘You know what? I’m buggin.’ That sh-t is flawless, kid.’ That’s crazy. That’s like Jordan complementing Kobe’s jump shot. That’ll make you want to go harder. That’s so inspiring to me. That little comment…Just a little advice from a rap god is priceless.”
The Ecology also features a guest appearance from Busta Rhymes, who Fashawn says “fell in love” with his music.
“Busta fell in love with my music and was happy to hop on the record. He took it to another level…It was an honor to get him on there,” he said.
Lastly, Fashawn spoke on one of The Ecology’s more serious tracks, “Man Of The House.” He says the song is an ode to those who have sacrificed their childhoods in order to provide for their families.
“I know this is still going on in every ghetto in America,” the rapper said. “This condition is a universal thing. I wanted to speak about it and speak to [the kids] directly. It’s hard when you’re forced to grow up being the man of the house. You have to give away your childhood to fend for yourself, provide for your family. It’s a condition that needs to be examined and talked about. That’s what I did lightly in those songs. It’s a heavy situation, but the music puts it on a plate where it’s digestible.”
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