After performing with Nas on SXSW, Fashawn sits down with Bluntiq Magazine and reveals that Nas is interested in signing the Fresno MC as one of the first artists on his label.
“My team and Nas’ team have been in cahoots for like the past year or so, trying to get me to put my ink on a certain piece of paper. It hasn’t happened yet. Nas is the owner of a label. I can’t say which label yet…he wants one of his first artists to be me. Our teams are going back and forth.”
Fash also talks about the first time meeting with Nas saying, “He’s on tour with Hennessy he’s doing so much…Life is Good album, he’s just touring. I’m doing my thing…So we never got the chance to actually link. In the midst of all these talks going on, Nas was like ‘I’m going to fly this kid out to SXSW, personally. I’ll pay for his ticket.’ Because I did not plan on going to SXSW. I still don’t have a release date for The Ecology, so I thought it would be kind of stupid for me to go out there…But I couldn’t say no to Nas.”
After flying Fashawn to SXSW, Nas pulled him on stage to perform his legendary song If I Ruled the World. “ I only went there to shake hands with him and look him face to face. He decided to pull me on stage, not once but twice. I got to go on stage and do “Fuck the Whole World” off my new album…and “If I Ruled the World”. A song that is embedded in my memory forever. I was honored.”
Fashawn has came a long way since his XXL Freshmen Cover and reveals what all has happened since then, including Nas wanting to sign him. How he has grown as an artist and what all that he has ahead of him including his ambitions and dreams and wanting to live on his own terms, and how he wants to influence the next generation of upcoming emcees to “ Rhyme for themselves and not rhyme for anyone else.” Something he did in the beginning to get heard but learned that you just need to be yourself and thats what he wants to instill in the next generation.