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Fashawn: The Ecology

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The Ecology is the second studio album by American hip hop recording artist Fashawn, out now on Nas' Mass Appeal Records. The album's production, similar to his debut album Boy Meets World (2009), will be handled primarily by his longtime collaborator and record producer Exile. In 2014, Fashawn signed a recording contract with Nas' new label Mass Appeal Records for the distribution of the album.

The title and concept of the album entails exploring the "ecology" of one's environment: the people, objects, and events surrounding one's life, the things that provoke human behavior, how individual choices lead to different paths, and how everyone and everything is ultimately interconnected.

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1. Guess Who's Back
Producers: Bobby 'Beewirks' Yewah; Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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2. Confess
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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3. Something to Believe In
featuring Nas; Aloe Blacc (of Emanon)
Producer: DJ Khalil
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4. Higher
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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5. Too Be Young
featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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6. Golden State of Mind
featuring Dom Kennedy
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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7. Letter F
Producer: Alchemist
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8. Place To Go
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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9. Man Of The House
Producers: Quincey Tones; Jo Caleb
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10. Out The Trunk
featuring Busta Rhymes
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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11. It's a Good Thing
featuring Aloe Blacc (of Emanon); Choosey
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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12. Mother
Producer: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon)
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13. F.T.W.
Producers: Exile (of Dag Savage + Emanon); Farmer Grief
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3.8 Stars (3.8 Stars )
Total Comments: 42
Name: (Posted: 12/8/2015 11:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 74.176.149)
Location: Cali
Comment: From beginning to end, this album is amazing. The production is Exile's most soulful offering to date, and Fashawn gets really personal in each song, i.e. "Higher" "Place to Go" & "Man of the House". Also with heavy hitting bangers: "Golden State of Mind" & "Something to Believe In". Easily one of my top 3 favorite albums of 2015.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/13/2015 6:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .206.81.46)
Location: Brisbane Australia
Comment: Good hip hop albums are few and far between these days and this album is dope! Real, honest lyrics. Seems like most people are hating on this album because of one song 'Out the trunk' which I agree does not fit in on this album. Other than that this is by far my favorite release in recent years! DOPE!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/2/2015 10:25:00 AM; Partial IP: 163.34.123)
Location: NC
Comment: Good but a disappointment at the same time. Fashawn is a gifted MC but this album is a little bit of a letdown. I agree with one of the reviews below me saying Fash tried to split it between going hard and going to reach for more of a commercial sound. I'm not calling him a sell-out by any means but I do think he chose more upbeat tracks for this album. I am not a fan of OUT THE TRUNK. It sounds perfect as a Busta come-back single but def not suited for Fash (IMO). SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN sounds like it was pieced together--like DJ Khalil had an Aloe song laying around and they decided to slap Nas on there and put it out, but that is just speculation. Even the ALC produced track sounds nothing like the work he's done over the past 4-5 years. Songs I really do enjoy are the heartfelt HIGHER, FTW, and GOLDEN STATE OF MIND. I'd rate it at 3.5 if we could give halves on this site. Hopefully the next album will sound stronger.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/1/2015 7:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 231.147.35)
Location: California/Arizona
Comment: The only album I've bought and returned in less than a week of owning. Would have done sooner but it wouldn't have been convenient. Too many corny tracks to have this cd anywhere near my stereo. Golden state of mind is the only track worth noting. My advice is to pass on this.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/23/2015 7:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 65.125.210)
Location: South Central Los Angeles
Comment: Pretty good. I LOVE Golden State of Mind, it blew my mind when Fashawn recited verses from Dilated Peoples, 2pac,Snoop Dogg and Tha Eastsidaz, Lil Rob,and many more. He showed love for Mac Dre and in the end they were saying all the area codes. That sh*t was DEF as f*ck.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/30/2015 1:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 07.194.237)
Location: uk
Comment: Let down on this, thought with exile behind the boards it'll still have that raw but crisp feel. Like others said, feels slightly commercial and some songs just ruin it - too much rapandbullsh*t on here.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/13/2015 10:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 183.26.166)
Location: T Dot
Comment: I like the smoothed out boom bap feel, but why include the abysmal "Out The Truck' on this? It totally ruins the vibe on this one; I can't cop it for this wretched song alone, my ears just can't take it!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/17/2015 12:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 33.195.120)
Location: KW
Comment: abcDEFg'd up 'shawn effortlessly flows through multiple syllable prose and stories over fresh to abcDEF' back drops. He really takes a cool evening sk8 approach to this albums feel and I dig it.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/15/2015 3:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 211.66.177)
Location: Selma
Comment: Hands down one of the best hip hop albums I've heard in a long time. Definitely worth checking out.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2015 3:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 87.135.189)
Location: Modesto
Comment: I don't buy many albums but had to cop this one after hearing the first few singles "Golden State of Mind" "Something to Believe In" and the incredible "Guess Who's Back". I thought those tracks were dope, and was even more impressed to hear even more incredible tracks like "Higher" and "Places To Go". Top quality album in my opinion.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2015 12:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 30.116.217)
Location: Cloud City
Comment: Kind of let down by this one. It's solid but not what I was hoping for. Just came across as halfway commercial and halfway raw - sort of didn't get past the "this is cool" point to where it becomes dope. Solid try but not living up to the hype (or his first album).
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2015 5:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 43.191.140)
Location: Hanford
Comment: Been a huge fan of Fashawn since Boy Meets World, and I love The Ecology even more. This is hip hop in its purest form, soulful beats, honest lyricism.
Name: (Posted: 3/13/2015 12:05:00 PM; Partial IP: .0.252.168)
Location: Cologne
Comment: This is straight garbage, One Hit Wonder describes it perfectly. No wonder he teamed up with Nas! Both are one hit wonders and fell off big time after their first release. Mass appeal is nothing I can feel. Exile is also disappointing to even have agreed to this, he too lacks quality in this project as in his previous work with Blu. Nope, no buy, no support, because no real hip hop. You can tell Fash tries too hard to appeal to the masses, good luck & good bye!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/11/2015 2:25:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: One of the most cohesive and well produced albums I've heard in a while. Not one skippable track. This is real hip hop.
Name: (Posted: 3/9/2015 8:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 235.190.14)
Location: T Dot
Comment: "Out The Trunk" just ruins this project. C'mon Fashawn, what were you thinking putting that track on this album? Should have saved it for your booty mix tapes, would have copped this if it wasn't for that horrendous song.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/8/2015 3:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 74.176.149)
Location: LA
Comment: Solid from beginning to end. My favorite LP so far this year.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/5/2015 6:57:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Seattle
Comment: This album is simply incredible. It seems like some salty hip hop elitists were expecting a carbon copy of Boy Meets World, but I for one am glad Fash matured and grew over time. Artists often evolve for the better, except some listeners remain stuck in time. 5 stars!
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2015 10:27:00 AM; Partial IP: .90.209.30)
Location: Germany
Comment: Weak album from start to finish, it even hurts listen to it at some points. But, Fash showed his true colours on several weak tracks preceding this. So, I kind of even expected a rather weak album. It is a shame.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/3/2015 9:35:00 AM; Partial IP: 26.133.140)
Location: Radiosux, USA
Comment: All the ignorance on this thread is hilarious. This album bleeds true hip hop authenticity. Fashawn & Exile create top quality hip hop music, there's no denying this is a modern day classic. I've listened start to finish a few times already and it's simply a solid album. Exile's production shows his versatility and his genius on the MPC. Fashawn's lyrics are filled with emotion and grab your attention throughout the album. I have no doubt the Ecology will be on many top 10 lists this year. All these kids lacking knowledge, listen to your dad, appreciate good music when it's created.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/2/2015 6:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 228.109.70)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: It's not bad, but there's a few tracks that could have been left on the cutting room floor.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/1/2015 9:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 57.134.223)
Location: Benztown, Germany
Comment: Ain't feelin it. Too many weak R&B hooks, too simple rhymes, too many throwaway tracks. "Boy Meets World" is like 12 levels above this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/1/2015 6:22:00 AM; Partial IP: .90.209.73)
Location: Germany
Comment: @Daniro, acquire some self-respect and develop a brain cell before you start hating people with more heart & soul for this culture than you can ever imagine. We criticize artists and hope that they take heed and do a much better album next time. So, think about it, you Norwegian respect preacher. Have respect for people's opinions and then start talking respect. Your German friend and personal life adviser.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/27/2015 3:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 164.242.40)
Location: Norway
Comment: I think this is a dope album, so f*ck the people that only hating and say f*ck Nas. You have no respect for a legend like Nas!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/27/2015 12:47:00 AM; Partial IP: 239.81.143)
Location: Fresno
Comment: The kid has put all his heart and life into his career. He deserves everything that he has worked for. A great guy and artist.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/25/2015 5:22:00 PM; Partial IP: .90.209.19)
Location: Germany
Comment: Simply bad, simply bad. One hit-album wonder, no more probably. Who the f*ck is Nas nowadays anyway?
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/25/2015 12:08:00 AM; Partial IP: .211.79.63)
Location: New York City
Comment: This album tops "Boy Meets World" easily. Exile showcases his most soulful production yet and Fashawn shows a lot of growth as an MC compared to his classic debut album from 2009. I'd put this album up against anything that comes out this year.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/25/2015 12:05:00 AM; Partial IP: .188.6.229)
Location: 707 Cali
Comment: This is what hip hop needs. Fashawn is great lyrically and is definitely underrated as an artist.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2015 11:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.240.234)
Location: NY, NY
Comment: This is a really disappointing album, only 1 or 2 solid joints that have good replay value. Not even close to "Boy Meets World" quality wise. Exile should have just produced the entire project, the whole album just seems rushed, huge let down. I was looking forward to copping the vinyl, but I'm going to have to pass on this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/24/2015 1:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 38.224.218)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: Best rap album so far in 2015. Fashawn killed it, and production is flawless.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2015 9:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 61.246.201)
Location: Hogwarts
Comment: R&B hooks all over this trash. Fashawn is whack. Mass appeal is a garbage label owned by a dude that wants to make money by flipping underground art into mainstream trash. F*ck Nas.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/22/2015 5:18:00 AM; Partial IP: 186.16.234)
Location: Bloemfontein South Africa
Comment: Most definitely lived up to the hype and was well worth the wait. I'm on my 4th listen through and it keeps getting better. The production is dope and the lyrics are on point.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/21/2015 4:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 236.89.146)
Location: Funkonya
Comment: This is fire as f*ck!
Name: (Posted: 2/12/2015 7:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 60.236.210)
Comment: Honestly, I slept on this dude until I found out he signed to Nas's label. Hope this album doesn't let me down.
Name: (Posted: 12/15/2014 4:07:00 AM; Partial IP: 60.236.210)
Comment: This is gonna be dope as f*ck! Central valley legend. Nas is that boy.
Name: (Posted: 12/13/2014 5:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.78.233)
Location: Space Moose Lasers
Comment: Great art work, good job on doing that. I don't care about your music though.
Name: (Posted: 12/13/2014 2:45:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Houston
Comment: Who produced Something to Believe featuring Nas; Aloe Blacc?
Name: (Posted: 12/10/2014 9:59:00 AM; Partial IP: .105.56.46)
Location: Copenhagen
Comment: Looking forward so much to this finally releasing. Fashawn x Alchemist just announced next week!
Name: (Posted: 10/5/2014 8:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 19.169.174)
Location: no
Comment: Alchemist and DJ Khalil are also producing.
Name: (Posted: 10/4/2014 6:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 42.178.109)
Location: in exile
Comment: This will be completely produced by Exile again, aww yeah.
Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 12:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.162.213)
Location: no
Comment: Delayed again. Will come out early 2015 now.
Name: (Posted: 9/18/2014 9:59:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Comment: FIRE! Can't wait to hear this :)
Name: (Posted: 9/11/2014 8:52:00 AM; Partial IP: 164.243.25)
Location: Mexico
Comment: This sh*t gonna be hot, this a real west coast emcee!
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