July 27, 2010

Fashawn – Boy Meets World

What a marvelous debut coming from such a young and talented artist.Fashawn - Boy Meets World Fashawn was barely out of his teens when Boy Meets World was released, and already he was sounding like a young Common, blessed with the same skill in engaging storytelling, bolstered by a solid sense of social awareness and some truly forthright lyricism. A great deal of the album’s content is influenced by Fashawn’s difficult childhood – he grew up in a virtually parentless home – and the steps he took to push through adversity and achieve personal success. It gives the album a fascinating duality of grim realism juxtaposed against a powerful sense of optimism, with Fashawn’s lyrics repeatedly coming back to the ideals of determination and the pursuing of dreams. It sounds like a bit of a cliché, but there’s a sincerity and lack of pretense to the way Fashawn tells it which makes it good-spirited and very appealing. There’s a wealth of highlights on Boy Meets World, with “Freedom”, “Life as a Shorty”, “Ecology”, “Bo Jackson” and “When She Calls” (which samples Joanna Newsom!) being some of my personal favourites. However, I’m most fond of the “traveling the open road” celebration of “Samsonite Man”, with its beautiful sample of Billy Paul’s soul cover of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”.


One Response to “#83”

  1. […] Another package of discs arrived in the mail yesterday, including Ty Segall’s Melted and Fashawn’s Boy Meets World. These are a couple of recent favourites, and if you’d like to read some more about them you can check out the reviews I wrote here and here. […]

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