Fashawn Talks Ode to Illmatic Mixtape [With XXcLusive Video]

XXL Freshman Fashawn is currently gearing up to release his Ode to Illmatic project—a mixtape that finds the Fresno, California artist rhyming over all of the instrumentals from Nas’s classic debut album, Illmatic.

During the Freshman 10 for ’10 cover shoot XXLMag.com spoke to the 20-year old MC about the concept behind the disc. “The idea was birthed out of my album, [Boy Meets World],” he explained. “My album was getting a lot of comparison’s to Nas’s first album… So I threw the idea out there, like what if I redid Illmatic …will people still say I sound like Nasir…or will they just trash the whole [notion]?” [Watch below]

Fash’ said that it didn’t take long to record the disc. “What took Nas 20 years to make took me like a week,” he said. “No bragging or nothing like that, but I’m a student of [Illmatic] ’cause that’s one of the albums you could use for an example of perfection. Those 10 songs were dope, dude. And that’s what birthed the whole idea.”

Yesterday XXLMag.com premiered Fash’s rendition of “Life’s A Bitch” with Talib Kweli, and in late April/early May, we will be presenting the mixtape for free download. Ode to Illmatic will be hosted by DJ Green Lantern and features only one guest appearance by Kweli.

In related news a bonus edition of Boy Meets World will be hitting store on April 20. The special edition of the disc will also include a DVD. —Jesse Gissen

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  • SCOOTIE McB

    THATS GONE BE HARD… CAN’T WAIT TILL THAT DROP…

  • illwill757

    what a dumbass concept…illmatic is untouchable..i can care less if u nice or not..

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  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE HE’S GONNA DO WHAT NAS DID IN 20 YEARS… STUDENTS DONT KILL THE TEACHER U DUMB FUCK PLUS ITS ONLY 9 SONGS ON ILLMATIC. SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH ALL THAT STUDENT SHIT U A NUT HUGGING BUTT LOVING FAGGOT. WHO THE FUCK ARE U? NIGGA IF U READ THIS GO KILL YASELF ON THAT ONE.

    • Youngn

      Shut the fuck up.

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  • AZ40

    Fash is dope and I can’t wait to hear this…he’s not saying it’s going to be better or close to better than illmatic, it’s an ode to one of his favorite albums, he’s going to record over the tracks from an album that really inspired him there’s nothing wrong wit that

  • Anonymous

    Lupe PLZ drop lasers

    Dear Mister-I’m-Too-Good-To-Release-My-Album-Or-Write-My-Fans,
    this’ll be the last message I ever send your ass
    It’s been six months and still no word – I don’t deserve it?
    You know I brought the last two Albums;
    You wrote the lyrics on ‘em perfect
    So this is my message I’m sending you, I hope you see it
    I’m in the car right now, I’m doing 90 on the freeway
    Hey Lu, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to drive?
    You know the song by Phil Collins, “In the Air of the Night”
    about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning
    but didn’t, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?
    That’s kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning
    Now it’s too late – I’m on a 1000 downers now, I’m drowsy
    and all I wanted was a lousy single or a tape
    I hope you know I almost ripped ALL of your pictures off the wall
    I love you Lu, we coulda been together, think about it
    You ruined it now, I hope you can’t sleep and you dream about it
    And when you dream I hope you can’t sleep and you SCREAM about it
    I hope your conscience EATS AT YOU and you can’t BREATHE without me
    See Lu; {*screaming*
    Shut up bitch! I’m trying to talk!
    Hey Lu, that’s my girlfriend screamin in the trunk
    but I didn’t slit her throat, I just tied her up, see I ain’t like you
    cause if she suffocates she’ll suffer more, and then she’ll die too
    Well, gotta go, I’m almost at the bridge now
    Oh shit, I forgot, how am I supposed to tweet this shit out?

    • Dante

      Please go off yourself.

      Corniest shit i ever read.

  • STAN

    Lupe we need lasers

    Dear Mister-I’m-Too-Good-To-Release-My-Album-Or-Write-My-Fans,
    this’ll be the last message I ever send your ass
    It’s been six months and still no word – I don’t deserve it?
    You know I got the last two Albums;
    You wrote the lyrics on ‘em perfect
    So this is my message I’m sending you, I hope you see it
    I’m in the car right now, I’m doing 90 on the freeway
    Hey Lu, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to drive?
    You know the song by Phil Collins, “In the Air of the Night”
    about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning
    but didn’t, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?
    That’s kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning
    Now it’s too late – I’m on a 1000 downers now, I’m drowsy
    and all I wanted was a lousy single or a tape
    I hope you know I ripped ALL of your pictures off the wall
    I love you Lu, we coulda been together, think about it
    You ruined it now, I hope you can’t sleep and you dream about it
    And when you dream I hope you can’t sleep and you SCREAM about it
    I hope your conscience EATS AT YOU and you can’t BREATHE without me
    See Lu; {*screaming*
    Shut up bitch! I’m trying to talk!
    Hey Lu, that’s my girlfriend screamin in the trunk
    but I didn’t slit her throat, I just tied her up, see I ain’t like you
    cause if she suffocates she’ll suffer more, and then she’ll die too
    Well, gotta go, I’m almost at the bridge now
    Oh shit, I forgot, how am I supposed to tweet this shit out?

  • what?

    This dude failed already!

  • joe

    fashawn is dope…! real student of the game. his real raps are fresh air, hip-hop needs him. you like to listen to this fuck pop-rap ship that is running hip-hop. boy meets world was an underground classic, with his talent, it aint hard to tell, he is the future!!!!!

  • juarez cartel middle man

    i fuck with his music cuz he’s half mexican..his dad is locked up in pelican bay..his dad is from BullDogs gang..his mom is black..but i respect dude for not hiding his background..that gets ya a whole different fanbase..and i might add, a HUGE ass fanbase..

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  • rich a

    get the fuck outta here talkin bout what took nas 20 years to make u did in 9 months bitch u had a blueprint rookie

  • rich a

    get the fuck outta here talkin bout what took nas 20 years to make u did in a week bitch u a blueprint rookie

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