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Nas Celebrates Fashawn's The Ecology With An Unforgettable Release Party

From 'N.Y. State of Mind' to 'Golden State of Mind.'

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Fashawn has performed on many stages since breaking through with 2009's critically acclaimed album Boy Meets World. But out of all of his performances throughout the years, the Fresno, California MC says his Thursday night (Feb. 26) night show and album release party was his best.

"It's a moment I'll never forget," he told MTV News following the show at the Echoplex in L.A.

Nas, who signed Fash to Mass Appeal Records last year and executive produced his latest album The Ecology, made a surprise appearance.

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"I was genuinely surprised the homie popped up," Fash said. "I couldn't believe it. Just his presence alone...He didn't even have to rap or anything. His presence alone was almost overwhelming. The building erupted as soon as the God walked out."

Nas hit the stage in the middle of the set as Fash and Aloe Blacc were in the middle of "Something To Believe In," their collaboration off The Ecology. God's Son didn't recite his verse, but told the audience that it was an honor to be in the building and that he'd be watching the show from the sidelines.

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The festivities continued with a slew of guests, including Everlast, who joined Fash for a performance of House of Pain's classic 1992 single "Jump Around."

Dilated Peoples also joined in on the fun, which made the night even more special for Fash, who grew up listening to the Los Angeles trio.

"They've been gracious and have brought me out on stage throughout my career," he said. "But I've never had the chance to bring Dilated Peoples as a collective out on stage so that was a moment for me."

The set also featured appearances from Dom Kennedy, Blu and Exile, among others.

Fashawn was already having an exciting week after releasing The Ecology. The project, which was released through Nas' Mass Appeal Records, can be heard in its entirety here.