Fashawn Revisits Some ’96 Jay Z for a 5-Minute Freestyle (Audio)

Since releasing his second studio album, The Ecology, last year, Fresno MC Fashawn has continued to grow his fan base, one that has been expanding steadily since he released his 2009 debut Boy Meets World, a collaborative LP with producer Exile. In the years since, his visibility has grown exponentially thanks in part to being signed to Nas’ Mass Appeal label and collaborations with the likes of the Alchemist, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and others.

The Ecology was praised for its lyrical content, and Fashawn continues to impress with “100 Bars,” a free loosie released for fans as a celebratory gift before he heads out on a major European tour. The freestyle uses the Clark Kent-produced “Coming of Age,” a 1996 classic on Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, which features an appearance from Memphis Bleek. Fashawn goes in for five minutes, spitting the kinds of bars that have made him a fan favorite, despite his being relatively underrated. “In case you was wondering how my summer was spent, mumbled my way to London and Dublin to Linz, huddled up in the Benz, hungry for ends/Life in the spotlight on, front of a lens, I kept it 100, ain’t nothing  pretend.” Check out the full freestyle here.

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