MassAppeal Showcase ft. Fashawn, Ezri, 070 Phi, Stro, & Cantrell
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Fashawn initially burst onto the scene and established his presence throughout the California
hip-hop scene by releasing multiple mixtapes and joining fellow Fresno emcee Planet Asia on the
road. In 2014, Fashawn signed to Mass Appeal Records and released his long-awaited album,
The Ecology. The album, executively produced by Nas, received a positive critical response from
outlets like XXL and HipHopDX. Nas serves as executive producer for the album, and guest
features include Nas himself, Aloe Blacc, BJ the Chicago Kid & Dom Kennedy. In 2017, Fashawn
released his latest EP titled Manna, showcasing the Fresno native’s diversity as he delves into a
variety of social commentary with his lyrical prowess including the politically charged first single
“Mother Amerikkka”. In addition to this, the Manna EP features guest contributions from the
legendary Snoop Dogg and super-producer Large Professor.
Ezri initially began writing music simply as a means of entertainment, but over the years the
hobby began to serve as a medium to take negative aspects in his life and transform them into
positive self-expression. After releasing his first two projects, It’s Ezzy and Everything Ezzy, the
Cleveland-native garnered a lot of attention following his killer freestyle on Sway In The Morning
—accumulating over 7 million views online. He has since gone on to have a stellar cameo
appearance on FOX’s hit show Empire and play a lead role in The Land film, executive produced
by Nas. Up next for Ezri is going full-throttle with his music career as he released his EP titled
be right back with Mass Appeal Records on October 27.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Stro has made a name for himself over the past decade
as a multifaceted rapper, producer, and actor. He first gained mainstream attention in 2011 as a
contestant on The X Factor USA and has since dropped five mixtapes, one EP, and one album.
His most recent album Grade A Frequencies released in 2017 and is set to drop another project
in Fall 2018 via Mass Appeal Records.
Cantrell was raised in Albany, Georgia and traces his roots to the rich hip-hop culture of Atlanta.
At an early age, Cantrell discovered jam-skating as a creative outlet and by his teenage years he
was able to turn pro as a jam skater, later joining the historical breaking crew TBB. By 12 years
old Cantrell knew his "true calling was music", studying artists such as Michael Jackson, Field
Mob, Outkast, Eminem, Nirvana & Jay-Z, drawing both inspiration and motivation from the
legends. After high school, he accepted a scholarship to play college football. But Cantrell says
of this time that he, "couldn't shake the feeling that this was not my path." After much
consideration, he left to pursue a career in music and eventually won Converse's “Rubber Tracks”
Not long after, Cantrell's music was discovered on Soundcloud by MiSCHiEF BOY and a
collaboration soon formed that would eventually become the “Stardust 2 Angels” EP. This EP
encapsulates both the physical and emotional journey from a small southern town to the City of
Angels. Stardust, Cantrell’s hometown skating rink, represents home, the place of comfort where
artists are formed, and where they dream of what they could become. And Los Angeles, for so
many dreamers, represents the destination, vision, and realization of their work. The physical
journey from Albany to Los Angeles is a universal symbol of the risks we all must take to conquer
fear in the pursuit of larger aspirations.
070 Phi hails from North Bergen, New Jersey, along with his 070 Crew―who derive their name
from ZIP codes of various Jersey cities. Phi is an extremely skillful rapper with a steady flow over
bouncy beats, as demonstrated on his debut project Sounds Of The Youth from 2017. He has
been featured on G.O.O.D. Music signee and frequent collaborator 070 Shake’s “Somebody Like
Me” off her new EP Glitter. The future is limitless for this burgeoning rapper as he “tries not to
have any boundaries,” citing influences including Musiq Soulchild, Sade and Jay-Z.