Murs & Fashawn
First and foremost, Fashawn is the new fushiggity, which was the new fo sho, after it became the new “Why yes, certainly!” In other words, it absolutely should be an affirmative. And an affirmative is what is needed to describe the Murs and Fashawn collaborative album, This Generation, released September 25, 2012.
Opening with “Just Begun,” Murs and Fashawn throw down an updated Curtis Mayfield vibe that is hard to ignore. Moving right on to “64′ Impala,” the duo capture car coveting and cruising, and conjure a memory for me of my mom’s 79′ impala station wagon, which is quite different altogether.
Changing gears on “Reina De Barrio (Ghetto Queen),” Murs and Fashawn get wonderfully melodic, giving us a taste for the amount of song that will be in the songs to come. On “Stone Cold,” things switch up, delivering rapid fire rat-a-tat-tat vocals that are neither rap nor song, though whatever they are, quite hypnotizing.
At “And It Goes,” we reach the point where it becomes quite clear This Generation is quite capable of maintaining its intensity. “Slash Gordon” affirms this with its industrial buzzing and grinding amidst frantic, twinkling keys.
Restrained diversity is the name of the game on This Generation, providing the listener a cohesive yet interesting mix. “Yellow Tape” exposes interesting percussion and a faint whisper of Jurasic 5 stylings, while “Peace Treaty” gives us a funk bass line.
“Heartbreaks & Handcuffs” enters with something like an 80’s beat, amongst lyrical gems such as, “Americans keep getting dumber, 50 million dollar corporations going under,” and the sage, “Never live someone else’s dream; it always holds onto your self esteem.”
The album’s namesake, “This Generation” surprises with a guitar reggae intro and a change in the rhyming cadence, with just a hint of auto tune rounding it out.
“Future Love” is a killer song about regret. This synth laden number laments betraying a love that “make a player wanna hang his jersey” for a fling with a woman who meant nothing.
Finally, “The Other Side” finds Murs riffing about the creation of the album, closing out This Generation with another high caliber song. Start to finish, Murs and Fashawn are a match made in heaven.