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Birth name Santiago Leyva
Born October 27, 1988 (1988-10-27) (age 21)
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2006–Present
Labels One Records, Hecktik Management LLC, Grizzly City Ent.
Associated acts DJ Hecktik
Planet Asia
The Alchemist
Soul Assassins

FASHAWN aka The Phenom (real name Santiago Leyva, born October 27, 1988)[1][2] is an underground hip hop rapper from Fresno, California. He is best known for his debut album, Boy Meets World, which was produced entirely by one half of Emanon, Exile. He has collobarated with other rappers such as Planet Asia, Diego Redd, Evidence,Chace Infinite, The Alchemist, Exile, Blu, Aloe Blacc, U-n-i, Krondon, Co$$, Mistah Fab, & Legendary hip-hop Producers Mick Boogie & Terry Urban.[1] In 2009 Fash had performed/toured with Evidence & The Alchemist,Talib Kweli, The Roots[1], Ghostface Killah[2] of The Wu-Tang Clan, & The Grouch of The Living Legends.[3]



Born in 1988, Fashawn grew up in a virtually parentless home. His father was incarcerated, while his mom battled a 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.

Eventually taken in by his uncle, Fashawn spent his teenage years calling First & Shields Ave in Fresno, California his home. Here is where he would find skating, the distractions of the streets, and the pursuance of his music career to be more rewarding than school. Yet, he had a constant thirst for knowledge that extended beyond the streets, so he became an avid reader with an affinity towards non-fiction and motivational books.

In 2006, Fashawn released his first mixtape, “Grizzly City”. Catching the attention of fellow Fresno emcee, Planet Asia, Fashawn was invited to go on the road with him. Knowing this was a chance of a lifetime; the then 17-year-old emcee dropped out of school to follow his dreams and has never looked back.

Since then he’s had the honor of working with two of the midwest's premier DJs, Mick Boogie and Terry Urban on the Orisue clothing sponsored “One Shot One Kill” mixtape, and with Hip-Hop internet heavyweights and on his “Higher Learning” mixtape. Both efforts garnered him nationwide recognition.[1]

On October 20, 2009 Fashawn released his debut album Boy Meets World to very positive critical acclaim and got 4 out of 5 star ratings from highly recognized websites such as,, &[4][5][6]

In December of 2009, Fashawn joined the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas” tour, performing alongside Mistah F.A.B. “The Grouch” and DJ Fresh.




  • Grizzly City 1 (2006)
  • The Phenom 1 (2007)
  • Grizzly City 2 (2007)
  • The Phenom 2 (2008)
  • One Shot One Kill (2008) (Produced by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban)
  • Higher Learning (2008)
  • The Antidote (2009) (Produced by The Alchemist)

Guest Appearances

  • "Game Goofy" from Planet Asia's Jewelry Box Sessions (also featuring Diego Redd)
  • "The Far Left" from Evidence's The Layover EP (also featuring The Alchemist)
  • "Recognize" from Evidence's The Layover Mixtape (also featuring Chace Infinite)
  • "Beautiful Day (remix)" from U-N-I's: Before There Was love (also featuring Big Pooh, Evidence, Aloe Blacc, Kes Kaos, Mickey Factz, & Theo)
  • "Arcade Fly (remix)" from U-N-I's Before There Was Love (also featuring Wildabeast, 6th Sense, Buff1, & Donny Goines)
  • "Pulp Fiction Part 1" from U-N-I's A Love Supreme
  • "Let Go (My Life)" from Soul Assassins' Intermission
  • "7:30" from Chace Infinite's' I Would Have Killed This Mixtape (Produced by DJ Khalil)
  • "Life is Too Short" from Mick Boogie's The Honor Roll
  • "Because Im Black" from Leaders of the new School's Back 2 The Basics
  • "Buyer's Guide" from Mick Boogie & DJ Treat's Leaders Of The New Cool
  • "Going Back To Cali" from Mick Boogie & Terry Urban's tribute Unbelievable: The Notorious Edition


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