April 26, 2016
Years before I was exposed to rap music, I can vividly recall memories of what seemed like torture as I rode around with my Pops in his old Toyota Corolla, radio blaring the sounds of his favorite oldies-but-goodies station. At the time, I truly hated it and I did not understand what made the music of Phil Spector, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Beatles, The Turtles, The Monkees, The 5th Dimension, and nearly every other 60s pop/R&B group that start with the letter “T,” so powerful.
Over time, I’d eventually grow to love it, and Pops, noticing this, would put me on to other artists in his vinyl collection. Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Hall & Oates and Fleetwood Mac would eventually become favorites — that is, until the day I heard the incredibly poetic, melancholic guitar strums of George Harrison and Eric Clapton on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” I was probably six, and I was hooked. Until this day, I still proclaim it one of my favorite rock songs ever, next to The Door’s “The End.”
Fresno’s reigning champion Fashawn makes a grand re-entry for 2016, following his Grizzly City EP release last year, taking his flawless pen game to Hecktik & Jukebawks’ production on “Heart Gently Weeps.” Over a looped vocal sample plucked from the 1968 original, Fash brings out his fork and dinner plate — hungrier than ever — as he waxes nostalgic about his past which has become his main driving force in the present.
“I’m hungry again, dying to eat
Why would I weep?
Follow my moves and try to repeat
I spent enough time at the bottom, believe
I’mma cop every bottle in reach”