FaShawn // Evidence of Dilated Peoples

Special Guest - Jay Bird

at Abbey Theatre

February 20, 2011 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Time: 9:00pm     Day: Sunday     Doors: 8:00pm     Ages: All Ages    
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FASHAWN

The early 90’s is considered by some to be the golden era of Hip Hop – a time where De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, and NWA produced music robust with messages of political unrest, a hunger for knowledge, and self appreciation that represented a culture and generation of young people. It was a period where the 90’s babies learned what they could from the best and began harvesting their own skills, making them some of today’s most promising emcees.

World meet Fashawn - a 90’s baby hailing from Central California whose music will leave you believing that maybe Hip Hop’s golden era has yet to arrive. Full of raw talent, charisma, and an undying hunger, the 20 year old emcee is the breath of fresh air hip-hop has been waiting for.

Born in 1988, Fashawn grew up in a virtually parentless home. His father was incarcerated, while his mom was focused on feeding her drug addiction - a combination that caused a boy to become a man quicker than most. Placed in a group home by child services at the age of 12, Fashawn found solace in music, and began writing rhymes to escape the less than desirable hand he had been dealt so early in life.

EVIDENCE


Evidence's affinity for hip-hop and the culture began in the early eighties, with his parents' divorce and subsequent move from the affluent city of Santa Monica to neighboring Venice Beach. By the early 1990s, and in addition to becoming a graffiti artist, painting hip hop inspired hieroglyphics under the name "VANE," a move next door to QD3, son of producer Quincy Jones, Evidence started rapping. QD3, an accomplished West Coast producer, ("To Live and Die in L.A."- Tupac, "Ghetto Bird"- Ice Cube, "I Got the Knack"- Everlast) became one of Evidence's major influences in his pursuit to create music. "At night I would hear a loud thumping coming from the back yard next door and it wouldn't stop until early in the morning” says Evidence recalling those early days. “I could tell that they weren't just playing music but sounded like music was being created."
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Shortly after meeting QD3, Evidence teamed with the likeminded Rakaa to form the group Dilated Peoples and after the success of their 1997 single "Third Degree" b/w "Confidence" and "Global Dynamics" on ABB Records – and the addition of DJ Babu to the fold a year later—the group quickly became a fixture on the hip hop tour circuit. They hoped their success would serve as a platform for solo projects, much as the Wu-Tang Clan's success had done before them.

Four albums, countless performances around the globe, and outside production work-including tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Swollen Members, Defari, Planet Asia and co- production on Kanye West's debut album College Dropout which earned him a Grammy, Evidence gives his fans a taste of his talent on his debut solo album The Weatherman LP (ABB Records).

Evidence also made a track directed at Eminem called "Search 4 Bobby Fisher" during a feud.

Through his work as one-third of Dilated Peoples, Evidence became a champion of hip-hop culture. "This is for people who get what I do,” says Evidence. "If I'm going to come out independently and have the freedom to do what I want, there's no better way to represent. I want to be a leader and carve out a new path."


With production from The Alchemist, Sid Roams (producers Joey Chavez and Bravo), Jake One, DJ Babu, DJ Khalil, and Evidence himself, the album The Weatherman LP was released March 20, 2007.

"I think people can tell when an artist isn't confident in themselves and on this song I let the audience know I have something to say and I am going to stand behind it. When you come and see me on stage I am going to look you in the eyes and make that connection, I want the audience to know that I am ready to take the responsibility of being a leader, something they can believe in."

Parretta was close with his mother; "I Still Love You" and "Chase The Clouds Away" are both tributes to her. She died due to cancer in 2004. Writing and performing "I Still Love You" was emotionally challenging for Evidence, a single child whose mother was his best friend and confidante. "I produced it, I rapped on it and I recorded it by myself with nobody in the room because I couldn't have anybody around when I was doing it," he explains. "It's the one time you're definitely going to get all of me."

On the release of The Weatherman LP, Evidence said: "I am not relying on the success of Dilated Peoples to push this album, while they are featured on it and heavily co-signing my solo venture I understand that I am going to have to work twice as hard and get back in front of the people and re-introduce myself through shows, my music, and constant day-to-day networking with my fans. I am not married; I don't have kids, so I can stay on the road all year long if that is what it takes…so at the end of the day what I put in is what I get out and it will all be a reflection of me, Evidence." The next album in the works is going to be called Cats & Dogs. Evidence is also planning to come out with an album with producer/rapper The Alchemist and are to be called the "Step Brothers"

On July 17, 2009 it was announced that Evidence has signed a deal with Minneapolis based hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment with a YouTube video showing Evidence signing the contract to release his new album Cats & Dogs due to be released in 2011.

In an emotional interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Evidence discussed his 2011 projects, including the status of Dilated Peoples, a future DJ Premier collaboration and citing the problems he had with the internet releasing his music before he does.