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Fashawn Presents “Ode to Illmatic” Remix Contest, Mixtape Coming June 9

We’re only two weeks away from the release of Fashawn’s Ode to Illmatic mixtape and in celebration of the project, XXL and Orisue clothing is presenting a contest for aspiring producers.

Up-and-coming beatmakers are being asked to remix or sample any track from Nas’ classic album, Illmatic and send it to All submissions must be received by June 2 at 12 p.m. PST. The winner, announced on the following day, will appear on the ’Shawn’s disc as a bonus track and recieve a $250 voucher for

As previously reported, Fash’s tape finds the Fresno, California artist rhyming over all of the instrumentals from Nas’ timeless debut.

During the Freshman 10 for ‘10 cover shoot, the 20-year old MC explained the reasoning behind the release. “The idea was birthed out of my album, [Boy Meets World],” he explained. “My album was getting a lot of comparison’s to Nas’ 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]?”

Fans will be able to download Fashawn’s Ode to Illmatic mixtape for free on Wednesday, June 9 on —Elan Mancini

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