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Spanspek Album Review: Fashawn - The Ecology

Folks! Summer is on the way! It's all very exciting! I have three dogs!

But enough with all that! Check out the sophmore album from Fresno's favorite son FASHAWN!
Fashawn (Fresno, CA)
The Ecology (Mass Appeal)

With an LP that is self-assured and satisfying, Fashawn enters the major leagues ready to perform. After being signed to Nas' (yes Esco himself) Mass Appeal label, Fashawn radiates confidence.  And that confidence shows on The Ecology, an album chock full of songs ripe for radio play.

Mid tempo bangers from a gaggle of amazing producers (Exile, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil) permeate the entire album.  The beats are great (especially album favorite "F.T.W."), but it's Fashawn that gives the album it's beating heart.  On "Higher", the lyricist details the daunting task of balancing family with a successful career in music.  And on "Mother" Fashawn shares the history of his tumultuous relationship with his mother, which while fraught with trouble, contained an abundance of love.

Though calibrated for mainstream audiences, the album also includes some small whimsical touches such as the island inspired beat at the end of "Confess" and a Kermit the Frog sample on "Letter F".  These elements, coupled with the endearing samples of his daughters voice, continue to make Fashawn beloved in the Valley.  With the excellent Ecology, it's only a matter of time before the rest of the nation follows suit.
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By the by, Fashawn will be throwing the 2nd edition of his Grizzly Fest May 16th, over at Chukchansi Park. The lineup came out today and it's legit! Plus it's free!


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