2018 looks to be another very promising year for Hip-Hop. Over the past 5 years or so, we've seen quite a few artists rise to prominence while focusing on lyrics, storytelling, metaphors, and all the things that purists look for when it comes to embracing rap music. We could begin to list them off, but digging a little bit deeper, it'd be a disservice to someone that's been going hard for the past decade: Fashawn.
Fashawn has released an array of notable projects since coming onto the scene around 2008, with his most prevalent releases coming in the form of The Antidote (produced by The Alchemist), Ode to Illmatic (his tribute to Nas' classic debut), Boy Meets World (produced by Exile), and eventually his long anticipated album The Ecology which was released under Nas' label Mass Appeal Records in 2015.
He's been one of the most consistent lyricists since his debut and you'd be hard pressed to find another emcee like him that's been compared to Hip-Hop legends without becoming a supreme letdown along the way. With his latest EP, Manna, Fashawn is continuing to serve his fans with the same tenacity that he's had since day one and his songwriting has continued to evolve. His life has changed a lot since signing with Mass Appeal, but the general public still hasn't caught onto his work in a major way. His friends Blu & Exile released an album "Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them" and that theme runs deep, so the Fresh & Local family will try our best to do so for Fashawn and others in the future. While you're here, check out Manna below.