[Feature] Fashawn’s “Boy Meets World”: An oral history on its five-year anniversary

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Interviews by: Martin Bauman

In 2009, a young, hungry, and largely undiscovered emcee from Fresno teamed up with a Los Angeles producer with an ear for crafting albums and bringing an artist’s music to life. Fashawn and Exile were in the works on Boy Meets World, a project that would change their lives forever.

Hip-hop has long had an obsession with the debut album — perhaps more so than any other genre. They mark an artist’s introduction to the world and often live on as their definitive piece of work. Nas had Illmatic. Jay had Reasonable Doubt. Snoop had Doggystyle. Biggie had Ready to Die. On October 22nd, 2009, the day came for Fashawn to leave his own mark. He had lived 21 years and was anxious to tell his story — to let the world know what Fresno looked like, sounded like, and felt like.

The result was an album the likes of which had seldom been heard from someone his age. It was witty, heartfelt, and honest. His storytelling was captivating. The production was magnificent. XXL gave it an XL and called it an album that “resonates a lot more than the work of some rappers decades his senior.” HipHopDX called it “perhaps the most heir apparent to Nas’ ’94 classic.” It’s only fitting that five years later, Nas would end up signing Fashawn to his Mass Appeal label.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the album’s significance, though, is the fact that it’s still as relatable and fresh today as the day it was released. We caught up with those involved in the making of Boy Meets World to hear the untold stories behind the album’s creation. Read the oral history after the jump.

[Audio] Jay Dot Rain – “Evander Holyfield” (Prod. Block Beattaz)

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Step into the ring with Jay Dot Rain for his latest release titled, “Evander Holyfield.” Produced by Block Beattaz, Jay Dot takes a bite out the competition as the Alabama emcee coasts over the bass-heavy instrumental. Trap Jazz coming soon. Stream/download below.

Download: Jay Dot Rain – “Evander Holyfield”

[Audio] Tasha the Amazon-”Steady Now (Karman Remix)”

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After shutting down Toronto earlier in the summer with her video shoot for “Thru the Fire,”Tasha the Amazon goes in on Karman’s official remix of Cubby’s “Steady Now.”Tasha switched up the tempo with track and gives us a turn up track for the party people out there. Be sure to check this track out, and check out Tasha the Amazon’s full project, FiDiYootDem

[Video] ILOVEMAKONNEN feat. Drake – “TUESDAY” (Remix)

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turned a lot of heads when Drizzy jumped on his buzzing track, “Tuesday,” for a remix. “Tuesday” gets its long-awaited visual treatment that follows Mak and Drake shutting the club down on a weeknight. Mak will make his OVO Sound debut, re-releasing his self-titled EP in the near future.

[Video] Breeze x Teeze- “4:16″ (Dir. Colin G. Cooper)

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Toronto duo Breeze and Teeze have released their latest single titled ‘4:16’ which will appear on the upcoming SmashMouth Mentality Vol. 2 compilation tape. “4:16″ is a track of biblical proportion; describing the doomsday for wack rappers and all other entities lacking dopness. If you’re worried about what will happen after the rap rapture, check out Breeze and Teeze, “4:16,” and you’ll be straight.

[Audio] Rich Noir ft. Hardbody – “Get Rich” (Prod: Sean White)

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It’s a North Side Monarchy thing. London’s pride and joy Rich Noir drops a new tune that has everyone going crazy!
“Get Rich” – I’ve had the pleasure of hearing a few times before it dropped and I was patiently awaiting it’s release. We can all now share that experience I had when listening to it for the first time. Teaming up with Hardbody who just put out his project Thr33 Monkeys – Rich tells you exactly why he isn’t going anywhere any time soon. “Really copped an E320, put 30 in the safe, tell me what these pu**y n***** going to say”. Facts. I’m stoked to see what is next for the London emcee, for now get your Monday night turn up on with “Get Rich”. If you’re feeling the same way, let me know why in the comments. You can also download this banger for FREE. Everyone loves free music.

[Review] Ink Entertainment & SmashMouth Entertainment Present The Pay Attention Tour ft. Big K.R.I.T w/ Two-9 October 10th @ Tattoo (Toronto)

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It was a frigid night in Toronto as determined fans awaited entrance into Queen West’s infamous venue Tattoo for a performance from the South’s best kept secret Big KRIT The Mississippi rapper arrived into the city on Friday, October 10, 2014, for his Pay Attention tour alongside Atlanta hip hop collective Two-9 to bring a little bit of that true southern hospitality to the 416!

To read the full the review and see some great snapshots from the show, continue on after the jump!

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