I remember the first time I heard Fashawn’s music. I stumbled across a link for his “Life as a Shorty” video, and thought to myself, “Wow, this is what I have been looking for.” A comical, yet gripping narrative about what it is like growing up in this world today. A great perspective on being a kid and the reality of what their eyes see. Fashawn is a refreshing voice in hip hop, in the midst of a rising career that is leading straight to the top. He first gained major attention after releasing his debut album “Boy Meets World” in 2009, and it was that album that landed him on the cover of XXL’s Top 10 Freshmen issue in 2010.
Since then he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip hop and there are no signs of him slowing down. All the while Fashawn has been juggling his budding rap career with being a dedicated father. Despite being at the forefront of the hip hop world, his daughter comes first and that’s what makes him such a rad dad. Fashawn has recently signed to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records, and is set to release a new album, “The Ecology” later this year. I for one, am really looking forward to it. Get to know Fashawn, and get on board with one of the most genuine and positive hip hop artists in the scene.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I’m a Father first, recording artist second. I tour and campaign all of my albums around the world. My art has literally taken me from Manhattan to Moscow. I became a father and a professional recording artist in the exact same year.
Today I balance fatherhood and my career the best that I can. I spend quality time at home and in the studio by not letting outside distractions get in the way of either. When I am working I’m Fashawn 110%. When I am at home I’m simply just DAD.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
It means having a person in my life that’s more important than my own self. Being a modern day dad means being selfless oppose to being selfish. It also means privilege, responsibility, and prioritizing to me. Bringing a child in today’s world is big deal. It’s far more advanced then the world I grew up in. Modern day dads have a lot more to deal with than our forefathers did.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
It gave my life direction and made me realize that it’s not just about me anymore. The minute I saw my daughter take her first breath I knew that my life would never be the same. Everything I’ve done from that point on has been to make sure that she’s secure financially, physically, etc. I never had to experience that level of responsibility in my life; Becoming a father was definitely a definitive moment in my life to say the least.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Looking into your child’s face and seeing your own. Also there is nothing like having a conversation with someone who’s actually lived inside of you for a period of time. That’s mind blowing to me. Being. Father is second to none.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I was on tour for two months straight once and had to perform in a 21 and over venue in my hometown of Fresno, CA. I was so homesick that I told my daughters mother to bring her to my show. The security wouldn’t let her in at first because she was three years of age at the time. I could understand and respect why he did that; The man was just doing his job.
Eventually out of respect the security escorted my daughter in the venue and she got to see her dad perform for a crowd of screaming fans. The coolest part is that my little girl was probably the youngest person ever to step foot in that 21 + venue. That’s something she might forget but, DAD definitely won’t.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Childhood, Adolescent hood, adult hood are all great but, There is no hood like Fatherhood. Try to enjoy your kids while there young because time flies. Lead by example and be the kind of man that you’d want your daughter to marry.
Thank so much for taking part Fashawn. I can’t wait to hear the new album and wish you continued success from here on out!
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