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Dropping it in 2009, the California-based Hip Hop MC Fashawn made his debut as he presented "Boy Meets World". The record finds him offering-forward a work that shows just how well the artist has been able to grow since the age of 17 when his first official mixtape dropped and to this point as he reaches 20 and he delivers a little something to put forward skills that no one as young as he has really been able to put across since Nas' "Illmatic" back in 1994 as he is backed solely by Exile's production and shows what Cali's underground has to say.
After blasting out with a tune that sets-up the direction of the album for the record, we see that he gives it to us properly for this one as we find that he get on over some thick Breakbeats that give things a bit of a East Coast feel to things, and I feel as though that gives the best results for an 'underground' feel where he is all about showing the strength in his lyrics as he goes in hard and blasts through like only he can.
3."Hey Young World"
This is a soothing tune from Fashawn and a nice one to get more of a feel for what exactly this artist is about as with this one he does a track that apparently has him working off classic Slick Rick music and attempting to direct towards the females with some motivational messages to make them feel as though anything can be done as long as they put their mind to it. It's a nice one and keeps the things flowing.
The droopy production you get from this one that takes you down and makes you turn towards his rhymes for support is great as it shows just how strong the teamwork between the two of these guys is and just how well it all comes together for them. Fashawn performs a smooth tune with Aloe Blacc and make for one that has a smooth, and classy feel coming through to show how well he differs from others out there.
5. "Life As A Shorty"
On this one we get a feel of the strength of Fashawn's storytelling as we see that he comes out with a tune (that he dropped as the lead single to the thing) and a tune that has him direction his music towards explaining about how tough it was for him as he grew up, not only for his tough upbringing at home, but also the bullying he suffered when he was at school. Its a fresh one, but I didn't think it was too good of a single for the thing.
We move right back into the thicker and more intense music from the album as he gets into this one and I felt that it was a great track in respeect to the fact that in this one we see that he comes with more conscious material where he rhymes on all the things that others refuse to acknowledge. It's a thought-provoking piece from him and I felt that it really stood as a piece that had a lot of early Nas influences.
7. "Our Way"
On this one we are given a bit of a change to things and I felt that it was a nice change in direction for him as he comes with a little something that gives you a little more of a feel for the place that he grew up in. He works alongside Evidence (known as a producer and rapper in the Los Angeles Hip Hop trio, Dilated People), and I felt that it forces you to draw similarities to that crew in what they do and how he's taking on their style.
Exile comes with a smooth sample for this one and comes with a tune that gives you the chance to feel more of his deep thoughts as he comes out with a little something where he rhymes about the things which simply don't make any sense to him and things in life that he feels need to be changed as the cultures which currently exist are doing nothing but hold people down in life and force things to worsen.
9. "Samsonite Man"
On this one we see that he is joined by fellow underground West Coast Hip Hopper, Blu and I felt that it was nice to see more talent from this field (a place that doesn't get as much attention as it used to back in the nineties) it's nice to see just how well he's using this record as a launching pad for others to gain a little exposure. It is a fresh one and holds up the consistency that this album has appeared to have.
The produciton looses-up for this one and I felt as though it was a nice way to see it happen as he comes through with another tune that focuses in with he strength at the storytelling and just how far he can take all of this stuff. He bases it around a prayer and rhymes about all the things that had doesn't really understand (as with "Why") and gives an account of all the things that he can't see continue any more.
11. "Sunny CA"
A warming tune, we see that with this one we get a little something to show that its not just about those dingy and dark things and there's a lot more going on with his music as he can come out with some fresh rhymes which have him just having fun with it by rhyming about his state and the connotations that most have about it. He plays around with the positivity in it, but still makes it to be one of the brighter ones here.
12. "Bo Jackson"
This is a bouncing tune from him and that really stands out massively on the thing as we see that on this one he collaborates with Exile, not only on the beats, but also with the rhymes as he shows that there's a bit more to him and together they rhyme off each others' flows and show just how well they are able to come in with this material. I felt that it was the most excitng track on the thing and is a nice breather to the thing.
After the last one, it seems that Exile was inspired to keep this side of things coming and it seems as though he just wasn't able to keep the lively side of things coming as he comes out with more of the bouncy material that forces you to get your groove and from here comes with a jam that has him guiding Is through a relationship he's been going through and gives you the chance to see more of Fashawn as a person.
14. "When She Calls"
Here we are thrown right into something completely different. An unexpected tune that you really wouldn't expected to get when you here the way the rest of the album went as he opens up with a statement about how we open up with a scene of a man holding a blade to his wrist as he gets a phone call from the girl who he has just seen cheating on him. Its a cold one, and is the best display (on this record) of his storytelling.
15."Boy Meets World"
The album comes an end with this one as we get a ten-minute-long track where he takes us through his life and shows just how an artist such as he is able to. In so many cases, Hip Hop albums have tracks such as this one, but its rare when it actually comes together well and takes you right in to all of his past experiences and makes you actually care about them too. Its a great way to end a strong debut record.
This is a very strong debut album from Fashawn and a great display of his talent when it comes to some lyrical Hip Hop material. There's not much you can fault this record for and at each turn he surprises you with just how much he managed to fit into this album at each and every turn in the thing.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Hey Young World
5 Life as a Shorty
7 Our Way
9 Samsonite Man
11 Sunny CA
12 Bo Jackson
14 When She Calls
15 Boy Meets World