(photo via @theRealFashawn‘s Instagram)
Some artists have a moment in the spot light but few become that energy source, creating a message that withstands the test of time. Whether you love the raw grittiness of old school hip hop or the confident vibe of the new school, Murs and Fashawn prove that good music knows no time limit with the release of their upcoming joint album, This Generation, produced entirely by Beatnick and K-Salaam. The duo recently completed a cross-country tour performing at all three Rock The Bells festivals to promote their album, due to hit stores on September 25.
We caught up with the prolific west coast MCs to discuss everything from music to marijuana. Surprisingly, they are both against legalization but with good reason. “The big corporations are ready for legalization so they can start putting chemicals in the weed like they do your soda and fast food or water,” said Murs, as he explains why he feels legalization is the wrong path for marijuana reform. “Decriminalize and reclassify it as something other than a negative in the world,” states Fashawn, who is an avid toker. When speaking on the upcoming album, This Generation, Fashawn shares how the song “The Other Side” reveals a part of himself the public does not often see. “It’s me as a man, people who are familiar with Boy Meets World they got to see me as this little guy coming out of Fresno and ascend to this level.” Before their exit the two also dropped a little knowledge for this generation:
It does not matter how old you are, we all live in the same age.
Be kind, be unified, be good, exercise well and be responsible for your own actions. Be accountable; if you did it just say you did it… Just be who you are. Be happy and be comfortable that way. When you feel like you don’t have to be something else then you’re free to be yourself. We need a lot more freedom and love. It’s Zen.
Murs & Fashawn closed out their tour with a performance at Rock The Bells in my homestate, NJ, on Sept 2. Despite looming thunderstorms, the crowd was all in showing mad east coast love for the west coast lyricists. Check out the rest of our interview after the drop and the new “Slash Gordon” video which features the two MCs in a rocket ship, acting as “hip hop angels trying to save the world,” comments Murs. Don’t forget to pre-order “This Generation” on iTunes today!
As far as the LA ban on dispensaries is concerned how do you feel about this?
I don’t smoke but I am all for decriminalization, not legalization. Decriminalize, do not legalize that’s my stance.
I would have to agree with Murs, decriminalize and reclassify it as something other than a negative thing in the world. Some people really need it as medicine. I think they should let people smoke their herb and keep it peaceful.
If you legalize it that gives Philip Morris and all the tobacco companies the right to start buying land from people that have been growing it for years. I’ve done shows in Humboldt County and Arcadia and a lot of those people are fans and their 3rd or 4th generation growers. The big corporations are ready for legalizing so they can move in and start putting chemicals in the weed like they do your soda and fast food or water. So you really don’t want it legalized.
You guys raise a really great point here. Speaking of marijuana, Fashawn, when was your personal strain Grizzly City Kush first brought about?
This was brought about in 2011 around the same time Higher Learning 2 or Grizzly City 3 came out. Some pharmacists I knew had developed a strain and it reminded them of me so they chose to name it after my movement and what I represent, which is Grizzly City. It’s just something cool to have, but in the bigger scheme of things it’s actually helping people with their problems. It takes their stress away so I’m happy to contribute the kush.
Nice! You just release “Slash Gordon” off of your upcoming album. What made you chose this as the first single?
I don’t know, we just finished it and it was time to leak something. We were like this is exciting. We wanted something we could perform at Rock The Bells, so we wanted the kids to know a couple of words or at least be familiar with it so they were as excited as we are.
Will you guys be performing anything else, any leaks or surprises?
We’re performing a song called “Yellow Tape” and we’ll also be performing a song called “Just Begun” along with the hits… the classics.
You’re definitely going to get a taste of the new album in the set, mixed in with familiar classics so it will be fun.
I will say the album already sounds very “classical”. It’s a beautiful piece of work. How long did it take you to record?
We’ve been working on it for like 8 months, not straight; but we were both working on multiple projects at the same time so it felt like a short amount of time. Maybe 5-6 months in total.
If you had to pick one song off the album that you feel represents you now as an artist what would that be?
I would have to say “The Other Side” because it’s explaining the other side of me that people don’t get to see very much. It’s me as a man, people who are familiar with “Boy Meets World” they got to see me as this little guy coming out of Fresno and ascend to this level. Now it’s like this is where I’m at as a man and this is what I believe in now. This is what I think is garbage and this is what I think is dope. This is everything.
I’d have to say the same thing because that’s the song we found out through working with each other that we had a lot more in common outside of rap than we do inside of rap.
You guys have a song called “64 Impala”, obviously that’s the number one vehicle for you both but do you have a top 5 list of cars you’d like to own or do currently own?
My 96 Eldarado was my first car I bought back when nobody had one and it was still an old white woman’s car. They don’t make eldarado’s any more. The ETC, that’s my favorite car so I have it. 96 Impala, 64 Impala, I would love to have an older Land Rover something vintage like a steel Land Rover.
I’m not too much of a car freak but maybe like a vintage Jaguar, a 94 5.0 Mustang, 64 Impala for sure, a eldarado for damn sure and a Rolls Royce, the same one Snoop had in the Dogg Father artwork.
Murs: Oh yea, my prius!
Fash: Oh yes, the Rav 4, many long nights in the Rav 4.
I bet. If you had one thing to say to This Generation what would it be?
I would like to tell This Generation that it does not matter how old you are, we all live in the same age.
Be kind, be unified, be good, exercise well and be responsible for your own actions. Be accountable; if you did it just say you did it. Just be what you say you are. That means a lot these days if you look at politicians and celebrities they definitely don’t hold true to their words. If you’re gay be gay. If you’re a player, be a player. If you’re a drug dealer, be a drug dealer. Just be who you are. Be happy and be comfortable that way. When you feel like you don’t have to be something else then you’re free to be yourself. We need a lot more freedom and love. It’s Zen.
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