Fashawn Joins Kendrick Lamar On Stage, Praises "Control"

Exclusive: Fashawn talks about the importance of Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control" and explains what it was like to share the stage with K. Dot at Hip Hop Kemp.

Compton, California's Kendrick Lamar was recently joined on stage by Fresno, California's Fashawn while performing in Bohemia, Czech Republic's Hip Hop Kemp festival. Fashawn, who gained critical acclaim for his 2009 debut album, Boy Meets World, was reportedly asked to come on stage by Lamar to perform an impromptu freestyle. Following the California connection in the Czech Republic, Fashawn spoke about what it was like to hit the stage with Lamar. 

"After my set was done at Hip Hop Kemp, [Kendrick] saw me on the side of the stage checking his set and he instantly threw up the West Coast [W sign]," Fashawn said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. "I took it as a sign of unity and saluted him right back. So then during his freestyle section of 'm.A.A.d. city,' he unexpectedly invited me on stage to rhyme with him. It's not everyday that the most relevant rapper in the world invites you to share the stage with him, so I felt that was the ultimate sign of respect after all that's been done and said since 'Control' dropped."  

"Control" has caused many rappers to react with disses and responses, including tracks by Lupe Fiasco, Cassidy, Joe Budden and Joey Bada$$. Although Fashawn has not released a response, he did address how the track made him feel. 

"After the 'Control' verse, every emcee and critic alike had to feel some type of way and wasn't hesitant to speak up or against the matter," Fashawn said. "I certainly felt a certain kind of way, but not the same as everyone else, it seems. I felt proud. I felt good because real emcees are shining and I know what I bring to Hip Hop is right up there with what Kendrick [brings], both young Cali kids who love to rap and respect and honor the greats that did it before us. No gimmicks or none of that shit. Just flat out good music and guys who have put out albums that'll be heard decades from now. His sold a million, mine 40,000, but whoever heard them got every dollar's worth, 'cause the message is bigger then just writing raps."

Their performance can be viewed below, via YouTube user TuelvBeats.

This isn't the first time Fashawn and Lamar have shared the stage. The two also performed together at last year's Fresno Fair in California.

Fashawn is currently finishing up his next album, The Ecology.

RELATED: Fashawn Tals "Ecology," Being a Rapper's Rapper


  • brainiac dumb dumbs

    If you really think Kendrick, who is basically a Wayne clone is in the same league as Fashawn you should jump out of a window on to a bed of nails. Fashawn and Elzhi are about as close to Nasir as you can get.

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  • Anonymous

    Five new artists I respect. Jay electronica, action bronson, joey badass, kendrick Lamar and Fashawn. The rest aren't that great.

  • Edna N. Guy

    my buddy's ex-wife makes $77/hour on the laptop. She has been fired for six months but last month her pay check was $21524 just working on the laptop for a few hours. see this... www.Cafe44.com Shut up @huh? Lupe's response was creative and most diverse. And he wasn't even trying! Lupe is still dope have you heard F&LII? Production was crappy but still Lu always delivers lyrically.

  • Lorraine N. Smith

    my neighbor's aunt makes $77/hr on the computer. She has been without a job for nine months but last month her pay check was $17822 just working on the computer for a few hours. go to website... www.Cafe44.com Not to mention, Ross is from Carol City, the meanest part of Miami. He ran with the Boobie Boys (the gang that ran Miamis drug scene) and Ross was KENNETH BOOBIE WILLIAMS' FUCKING PROTEGE for godsakes

  • Not Impressed

    Fashawn is a better rapper then Kendrick. His songs are more meaningful. But unfortunately for him he doesn't dress or look like a feminine, nerd, hipster, so he'll never be as popular as Kendrick. I'm not impressed

    • ^

      Both of you are fucking idiots.

    • For real

      Kendrick is pretty weak a lotta hype over name dropping, hes the 2013 version of game, alright but not an all time great, his flame will fissel out, shout out fashawn a real lyricist who knows how to actually rhyme with skills

    • Not Impressed

      His songs are pseudo intellectual bullshit about nothing. They give the illusion of being "deep" to teenagers who think they're too good to listen to regular rappers. Boy Meets World is better then Kebdricks shitty album by far. Kendrick Lamar raps fast and does funny voices, but his songs aren't about anything. I'm just not impressed, sorry.

    • drizzy!

      Kendrick has meaningful songs: Sing About Me, Vanity Slaves, Hiipower, Fuck Your Ethnicity, Keisha's Song, No Make-Up, Poe Man's Dreams, Growing Apart, Opposites Attract etc. Do you listen to lyrics or do you just skim through them? Sit the fuck down, Not Impressed.

    • Anonymous

      his songs are more meaningful? That for one doesn't make someone a better rapper. Also it's not as if Kendrick hasn't had multiple songs with substance and continues to do so. Fash is tight but he isn't near Kendrick's level on the mic. Most of the people I know that listen to Kendrick couldn't care less what he dresses like, acts like, or his popularity. They love his musical abilities.

  • drizzy!

    Two of the best in the game, along with Drake of course. Respect to Fash for the real ass comments.

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