Palm trees, low riders, Death Row Records circa 1996, doo rags and button ups, a signature West Coast sunset and beautiful women of all hues come to mind when listening to the latest release from Fresno, CA’s Fashawn with “Golden State of Mind”. Released as part of the compilation Mass Appeal Vol. 1 and set to be included on his upcoming album The Ecology and featuring fellow West Coaster Dom Kennedy, Fashawn’s newest is a prime slice of vintage L.A. hip hop heaven, tailor made for a long and lazy California summer night. Effortlessly flowing over a thumping but smooth-as-silk beat, Fashawn and Dom make anyone who has never visited the West side more than curious to at least get a glimpse of Cali’s most infamous metropolis. Vivid and reminiscent, Fashawn has made a true song to ride out to with “Golden State of Mind.”
By: Ron Grant
While not as focused as 2007′s Below the Heavens, what Blu & Exile do on this new and remastered collection of tracks is nonetheless interesting, smooth, and entertaining.
On Fashawn’s latest mixtape, the Fresno rapper sounds as hungry as ever. He sounds fucking alive. He doesn’t come off fake either.
There’s over an hour of material, and some of it seems a little half-baked–and I’m not talking about the weed references. But it’s a FREE freakin’ album. Though it may not be the most consistent thing in the world, listen in and pull some favorite tracks off of it. The tracks here I love, I REALLY freakin’ love.
The score is basically a reflection of how much I found myself skipping around, really. I’m excited for Fashawn’s future in rap, and I think he’s gonna release a fantastic new LP soon. I’m banking on it.