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Fashawn

Fashawn
Birth name Santiago Leyva
Also known as Fash, The Phenom, The F
Born (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 25)
Origin Fresno, California, USA
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, emcee
Years active 2006–present
Labels One Records
Associated acts Planet Asia, Evidence, Murs, The Alchemist, Exile, Blu, J Cole
Website

Santiago Leyva (born October 27, 1988),[1] better known as Fashawn or Fash is an American rapper from Fresno, California. He is best known for his debut album, Boy Meets World, which was produced entirely by one half of Emanon, Exile. He often collaborates with other rappers and producers such as Planet Asia, Dilated Peoples, The Alchemist, Exile and Blu.

Biography

1988-2008: Early Life and Beginning Of Career

Leyva was born on October 27, 1988 in Fresno, California. His childhood was rough due to his father being incarcerated the majority of his life, and being raised by his single mother who also dealt with a drug addiction. At the age of eight years old Leyva and his sister were placed in a group home for sometime before their uncle decided to take them into his custody. Leyva credits his Uncle Roy for being his responsible father figure. In 2006 He released his first mixtape Grizzly City catching the attention of fellow Fresno emcee Planet Asia who invited him to go on the road with him. Knowing the opportunity that presented him, Leyva dropped out of school at 17 years old and pursued his dream. 2007-2008 saw Leyva further pursue his career and get his name out there by performing throughout The Central Valley,and releasing multiple mixtapes including The Phenom, Grizzly City 2, The Phenom 2,Higher Learning, and One Shot One Kill which was put out by Orisue Clothing and premier DJs Mick Boogie and Terry Urban. One Shot One Kill was very well received by both fans and Hip-Hop websites including 2DopeBoyz and Datpiff.com gaining Leyva some serious attention and momentum.

2009-Present: Boy Meets World and This Generation

2009 was a huge year for Leyva seeing him go on tour with Ghostface Killah and The Grouch respectively,and on September 24, 2009 releasing a project produced entirely by The Alchemist entitled The Antidote to get the fans hyped up for his debut album Boy Meets World. On October 22, 2009 Boy Meets World was released. He Also toured twice this year including one with Wiz Khalifa and The Breakin Dawn Tour with Brother Ali. He released one more mixtape to add to the prominent list in 2011 entitled Higher Learning Vol. 2,performed at the Paid Dues Festival and Rock The Bells Festival with Blu and Exile and created his own strain of Medical Marijuana which he coined "Grizzly City Kush"". September 25, 2012 was the release date of a collaborative album with fellow California underground Hip-Hop Legend MURS produced entirely by Beatnick and K-Salaam which they performed at Rock The Bells 2012 to promote said album. Leyva also organized and put on a Hip-Hop Festival of his own taking place in his home town of Fresno, California entitled Grizzly Fest 2012 on November 17, 2012 which was headlined by Murs and Himself, Husalah, Strong Arm Steady and also included many local Fresno Emcees and a Pro Skate Demo. Leyva went on to saying he hopes he can make the Grizzly Fest an Annual Festival. On November 20, 2012 He released his eleventh mixtape Champagne and Styrofoam Cups.

Discography

Albums

Collaboration Albums

  • 2009: The Antidote (produced by The Alchemist)
  • 2012: This Generation (with Murs)

Mixtapes

  • Grizzly City Vol. 1 (2006)
  • The Phenom Vol. 1 (2007)
  • Grizzly City Vol. 2 (2007)
  • The Phenom Vol. 2 (2008)
  • One Shot One Kill (2008) (presented by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban)
  • Higher Learning Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Ode To Illmatic (2010) (presented by DJ Green Lantern)
  • Grizzly City Vol. 3 (2010) (presented by DJ Skee)
  • Higher Learning Vol.2 (2011)
  • Champagne and Styrofoam Cups (2012)

Guest appearances

  • "Life Is Too Short" from Mick Boogie's The Honor Roll
  • "Because I'm Black" from Leaders of the new School's Back 2 the Basics
  • "Buyer's Guide" from Mick Boogie & DJ Treat's Leaders of the New Cool
  • "Going Back to Cali" from Mick Boogie & Terry Urban's tribute Unbelievable: The Notorious Edition
  • "Game Goofy" from Planet Asia's Jewelry Box Sessions (also featuring Diego Redd)
  • "Let Go (My Life)" from Soul Assassins' Intermission
  • "I Ain't Running" from Krondon's Let Em Live
  • "7:30" from Chace Infinite's' I Would Have Killed This Mixtape (produced by DJ Khalil)
  • "Recognize" from Evidence's The Layover Mixtape (also featuring Chace Infinite)
  • "The Far Left" from Evidence's The Layover EP (also featuring The Alchemist)
  • "Arcade Fly (remix)" from U-N-I's Before There Was Love (also featuring Wildabeast, 6th Sense, Buff1 and Donny Goines)
  • "Beautiful Day (remix)" from U-N-I's: Before There Was love (also featuring Big Pooh, Evidence, Aloe Blacc, Kes Kaos, Mickey Factz and Theo)
  • "Pulp Fiction Part 1" from U-N-I's A Love Supreme
  • "Allready" from the Grouch's Three Eyes Off the Time (also featuring Mistah F.A.B.)
  • "Questions" from Strong Arm Steady's In Search of Stoney Jackson (also featuring Planet Asia)
  • "The Coast" from Statik Selektah's 100 Proof (The Hangover) (also featuring Evidence and Kali)
  • "Dream Sequence" from Blame One's Mr. Science Presents Leaks & Gemz (also featuring Exile)
  • "Bootleg Liquor" from Balance's I Do It for Hip Hop (also featuring Thurzday and Mistah F.A.B.)
  • "Aces High" from Rakaa's Crown Of Thorns (also featuring Evidence and Defari)
  • "Wassup Wassup" from Gangrene's (The Alchemist & Oh No) Gutter Water (also featuring Evidence)
  • "Kinetic World" from Kero One's Kinetic World
  • "Plead The Fifth" from Zion I & The Grouch's Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation (also featuring Codany Holiday & Casual)
  • "Same Folks" from Evidence's Cats & Dogs
  • "Hearing The Melody" from 9th Wonder's The Wonder Years (also featuring Skyzoo & King Mez)
  • "Fuck Rappers" from Planet Asia's Black Belt Theatre (also featuring Willie The Kid)
  • "Change" from Sepalot's Chasing Clouds
  • "So Real" from Devin Mile's Finding My Own
  • "Mr. Polite" from Notes To Self It Used To Be Dark (Recoil)
  • "Mt. Money" with Wiz Khalifa
  • "Highs and Lows" from Chasm's This Is How We Never Die (also featuring Solo & David Dallas)
  • "Jeune Prince" from Joke's Tokyo

Music Videos

As main artist

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"F.A.S.H.A.W.N." 2008 Kuttin Kury
"Our Way"
(featuring Evidence)
2009 Punit Dhesi
"Sunny CA"
"Life As A Shorty"
"Samsonite Man"
(featuring Blu)
2010 Punit Dhesi
"The Ecology/The Score"
(featuring Planet Asia)
"Bart Simpson" Jon Rezonable
"Ride & Smokin"
(featuring Night and Dirty Money)
"Pass The Cohiba"
"Down That Road"
(featuring Sam Hook)
2011 Punit Dhesi
"Big Dreams"
"Skating Down The Block" 2012 Mikhail Sarkosh
"Generation F"
"Papers(Remix)" Mikhail Sarkhosh
"One More Try(G.C.C.A.)"
(featuring Omar Aura)
"Diamonds And Girls"
(featuring K-Young)
Sele

As featured artist

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Come On Baby (Remix)"
(Planet Asia featuring Fashawn)
2007 Raffi M.
"We Taking Over (Remix)"
(Diego Redd, Planet Asia,Fashawn,& Shake Da Mayor)
J. Levine
"The Far Left"
(Evidence featuring The Alchemist & Fashawn)
2008 Punit Dhesi
"Pulp Fiction Part 1"
(U-N-I featuring Fashawn)
2009 Fredo Tovar & Scott Fleishman
"Same Folks"
(Evidence featuring Fashawn)
2011 Punit Dhesi
"1000 Palm Trees"
(Omar Aura featuring Fashawn)
Punit Dhesi & Omar Aura
"Slash Gordon"
(Murs and Fashawn)
2012 Todd Angkasuwan
"This Generation"
(Murs and Fashawn)
Fredo Tovar & Scott Fleishman
"64 Impala"
(Murs and Fashawn)
Punit Dhesi

References

External links

  • Myspace
  • Fashawn Memory Lane Video Mix
  • Fashawn Talks Hip Hop with Deft Magazine
  • Nerdbanite.com Interview with Fashawn
  • AllHipHop.com Interview with Fashawn
  • DJbooth.net Interview With Fashawn
  • Interview with Fashawn
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