IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – CA$HON ABLE – NEW YORK’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Born April 23 1992, Rashawn Able was born in Jamaica Queens, New York. Days after his birth, his mother went into a coma after a severe fall down a flight of stairs on the day they were released from the hospital. After 5 years of being in a coma, Esther Able passed away on January 2, 1998. Ca$hon was brought up by different members of his family and was often moved from family member to family member, living in Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island. Growing up in a house full of people, Ca$hon was exposed genres of music ranging from Hip Hop, Reggae, Dance Hall, Gospel, Calypso, and Alternative Rock. Hip Hop hands down became Ca$hon’s music of choice. Hearing his siblings, cousins, and aunties listen to artist like Jay Z, Nas, DMX, Biggie Smalls, TUpac, Big L, Big Pun, etc. At age 8 Ca$hon learned he had a natural talent for Free styling. Although basketball was his true love, he enjoyed freestyling along with songs he would hear on his favorite radio station, Hot 97. In 2009 one of Ca$hon’s older brothers “Akil” was killed in a hit and run accident. Akil had a true passion for making music, he and Ca$hon would rap together as often as they could. It was the passing of Akil that sparked the flame in Ca$hon that drive him to pursue music and aspire to be one of the best to do it. Ca$hon’s oldest brother Otis gave him the name Ca$hon because his jump shot was like money. In 2011 Ca$hon recorded his first song with his high school rap group Hellaspit. The track was named” The Code”. “The Code” later became known as a classic amongst their student body. Since then Ca$hon and his crew “Hellaspit” have made countless hits. Ca$hon has one mission and one mission only, and that’s to dominate the Hip Hop industry and take over the game with his team, and that’s exactly what he plans to do

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

CA$HON ABLE : I was born in Jamaica Queens, New York. Due to passing of my mother shortly after my birth, I was forced to live with multiple different family members at a time causing me to live in Brooklyn, Bronx and lastly be raised in Long Island, NY (Bay Shore).

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

CA$HON ABLE: I come from a Jamaican background, so naturally I was exposed to different genres of music ranging from Hip hop, Reggae, Dancehall to Calypso. I often reminisce living with my grandparents and waking up to a house full of music (laughs), with my cousins blasting Nas in one room and aunty listening to DMX in the other and grandpa listening to Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, etc.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

CA$HON ABLE: Being in control of the music I record and release, gives me a sense of empowerment. It also does a lot for my conscious, and by that I mean when I’m writing a song, 99% of the time it’s coming from my heart and soul. If I write a song with lyrics that I truly don’t believe in then it can really take a toll on my conscious causing me to question my true motivation when making music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

CA$HON ABLE: My songs are often about my life and sometimes the lives of others. My songs paint vivid pictures. I love thinking of my note book as a canvas that I paint my timeless portraits on. My music speaks on the journey and struggle of life. I always do my best to give all praises to God in my music because without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. Last but not least my songs are about letting the young boys and girls know it’s ok to come from the bottom, because the bottom is where you learn to be the most humble and appreciate the simple things in life that so many people take for granted.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

CA$HON ABLE: I would have to say my fan base is targeted towards genuine Hip hop lovers. I don’t like to think of my music as being focused on a certain group of people. I have fans who listen to my music who all come from different walks of life. If you’re just a fan of Hip Hop period, whether it’s west coast, mid west, east coast or down south, then my music is for you because I listen to and love it all.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

CA$HON ABLE: My musical influences are Stefanello, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Biggie, Dmx, Jay-z, Capleton , Nas, J-cole, Dipset, Vybes Kartel, Kendrick Lamar, Cold play, Maroon 5, Nickle Back, The Fray, Green Day, Linkin Park, Adele, Sanchez, Joey Bada$$, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Drake, Mac Miller, Ace Hood, Cyhi Da Prince, School Boy Q, LL Cool J, Heavy D, Krs-One, Rick Ross, The Game, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Tupac and the list goes on. As I said before I love it all, I’m a ‘music head’.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

CA$HON ABLE: I would describe my music as an authentic and genuine biography/documentary of a God fearing person who has been through a lot and is not scared to take life head-on. I’ve often been told that my music is like a breath of fresh air, so far from todays usual. When you listen to my music you can get a clear understanding of what I represent and who I am.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

CA$HON ABLE: What makes me different from other artists is that I love being different. I am not afraid to be told that my music isn’t hot enough to play in the club. Even though club play is a goal of mine. I don’t allow myself to compromise quality for a quick buck or instant gratification. In the long run, I want my music to be known for its substance and not its temporary effect on a listener’s mood. I am an artist not a side show act. My art needs to be and will be known as ‘timeless.’

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

CA$HON ABLE:  I recently released a mixtape with a brother of mine who goes by Stefanello, called Cashmere Thoughts N Silk Dreams; you can find that on www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com or www.Datpiff.com. I am also featured on a couple of tracks on Stefanello’s upcoming mixtape, Cabernet Sauvignon, dropping early August of 2014. Also be on the lookout for my first solo mixtape, Who’s Ca$hon? and date TBA.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

CA$HON ABLE: My career goals are simple; I plan on being the best at what I do and sustaining dominance and relevance in the industry. Going places that others have been but doing things that no one has ever done, in ways no one could have ever fathom. In 10 years I see myself as an innovative icon, but still the humble man I am today. Just as hungry, determined, focused, motivated and ‘God fearing.’

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

CA$HON ABLE:  You can find my music on Reverbnation.com under (Ca$hon Able). Also on soundcloud.com under Rashawn Able. Look me up on Numberonemusic.com under (Hellaspit). You can follow me on twitter @hellaspit.

 

 

 

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247 COMMENTS

  1. Smh lol no where does it say I spent my whole life in NY. Further more I don’t know you. I’d prefer if u have something to say then address me in person. Keep the negative comments off page.

  2. I’ve heard one of your raps from your wifey’s ig. And man you’re good!! God bless you and i wish nothing but success, you dont know me but Brenda does. Im just here showing love. And dont pay attention to the haters, there’s many more from where those came from.. Keep your head up!

    • Thanks frida it means a lot. And yes believe it or not brenda definitely has told me good things about you so yes I know who you are 🙂 thanks for the support once again

  3. I loved your reverbnation. Your music is like ridiculously amazing!!why aren’t you famous yet!!!!??? Keep up the great work Ca$hon!!!

  4. Dude sorry to hear about your mother may her soul rest in peace. I heard your music on sound cloud it was anazing .your the real deal!! Keep it up!!

  5. That was a great read. I wasn’t aware of all of your hardships you went through man. Keep up the hard work and see you around my man.

  6. Lol young blood grindin out hea I heard you was 5pittin fire but I ain’t realize u wuz out here killing shit. Keep it up lil homie. Da homies still holding it down and rooting for you.. stay 050

    • Aye yoooo lol my ace wats good with you man!!! And yea I’m just working hard try a make a dollar out of 15¢ ya diggs. One love bro preciate the support. And you already kno

  7. Aye yoooooo my nigga able !!!!! Yo da homie5 talkin bout you rite now lol talkin bout dat time you freestyle bout being fat wit pop lmao!!! Nigga u wuz mad brazy!! We love you my g. hope you make it 4 real son you deserve it!!! # R.I.P Ms.Esther Able.

    • Lol lmao I know its you ant. Smh only you would bring that up on the internet for the world to see smh. and don’t you mean “puffs” not “pop”.anyways my g much love to you and the family. tell ya mom and tia maria I said hi.

    • Thanks Chris but im not making beats just yet. Im just a MC for right now. But I’ll be making fire beats and producing my own tracks soon. One love

  8. Your article was deep. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve heard some of your music on sound cloud, and some on your wife’s instagram. Weather it’s a freestyle or not, your music is amazing! We need more REAL music like this all over radio stations, bumpin’ in cars, people need to hear your sh*t. You talk about some of the realest situations I feel like no other rapper would speak about. You’ve got my support 100%. When is “Who is ca$hon able” gonna drop? Lol. Much love. & keep your head up. Great things are coming your way

    • Bre I’m not gonna lie.while I was reading ya comment.tears came to my eyes forreal. Like there is nothing more gratifying than knowing as a artist your music is actually making a difference and touching lives. I love y’all soo much because its motivates me when supporters like yourself tells me that I should be on the radios and how much u feel my lyrics. Trust me with God’s speed I’ll be on top with all yall in the stands rocking this world and bringing back real hip hop. And I havent set a release date for “Who’s Ca$hon Able?” Because I have soo much more work to do with this project. I need the tape to be “timeless” and nothing less. I promise you’ll be one of the first to know. Peace and love Bre

  9. A bro that’s an awesome article. …may god blessed u on ur journey to take over the game…its so much garbage music out here now….looking forward to hearing what u got in ur arsenal. ..and that mixtape fire.

    • Leon I really appreciate your inspiring words honestly with the state that hip hop in it’s not that difficult to find motivation but hearing people that I deal with everyday tell me how good my mixtape is or how much they can’t wait to see me blow up man ain’t nothing better than that and I really appreciate you taking the time out to actually comment and read the article man you know me and you we go back and forth when it comes to music.it feels good to see you say to those words that you said I really appreciate it man thank you

  10. OMG you got sooooo big!!! And Handsome and I heard your engaged to a latina!!! (You better be Lol) congrats. I heard your music on anthony’s reverbnation last night. I couldn’t help but cry. You know me lol. But continue on your path to greatness!! You got skills kiddo. Love you Rashawn!!!!

    • Lol TIA!!!!!!! Wats good homie. Its been forever. Yea a lot has changed. I been doing this music for a while Now. Thanks for the support I hope to see y’all soon. I love you guys too.

  11. You cuzz wats craccin ni66a!! I just heard bout dis shit . yo the music on ya sound cloud is ridiculous. You cold on the mic. Keep is up cuzz. C-easy

  12. Hey do u still work at zaxbys? I didn’t know you rap Lol like wtf omg I loved your article. It was amazing Rashawn!! Keep it up!!

  13. I salute your struggle brother.god will always provide a way for you ca$hon.from the looks of all these comments it looks like ya music is bomb.I’ll be listening asap bro. Stay true to your values!!

    • Eagle amen to that my brother.I give All praise to my lord and savior.my life is a testimony. I really appreciate the love bro.thank you for your encouraging words.

  14. Your wife really promotes the hell out of you on Twitter. You better keep her even when u blow up lol. I fell in love with your article and keep up da good work!!! Your sound cloud is the shit!!

    • Lol aww man shayla my wife read your comment and got to talking that stuff.you know how you woman do Lol. Gotta stick together. I can’t be mad.but one thing is for sure, brenda is my soulmate there is no way in the world I could let my career destroy something that is heaven sent. Music is what I love to do.its my passion but she’s my other half. So rest assure she will be here to the end and even beyond that. Thanks for the support.

  15. Your music is dope. I follow u on twitter. that 2005 song gives me chills every time I hear it!!! I love me some Ca$hon Able!!!

  16. Hey bro you might not remember me but we used to ball together in school at bay shore middle. Its good to see your doing. I enjoyed reading ya article I pray that you succeed.

  17. I love this article it was so inspirational hope you become the rapper out there bro!! Ya friend Daniel told me about this article I’ll definitely spread the word!!

  18. Yo bro ive known you since you was two years old in queens in da basement my g we been through the struggle together and to see all the love on the comments touches me because i know you deserve this more than anyone.Your music constantly takes me back to a time when hip hop was good plain and simple .I feel the pain and growth in every song.I wish you nothing but success my brotha its your time homie #Cashonable

    • My brother only a hand full truly know our journey and struggle but millions can relate. All we gotta do is keep working hard and staying positive. Its our time my brother.

  19. I read your article and loved it keep up the good work young man.oh BTW poor kids prayer is the most touching song I’ve ever heard come out a young mans mouth in today’s hip hop. #ca$hon able

  20. Your have a really interesting article. I’m also interested In how good your music is. I will definitely check it out and spread the word if its hot.

  21. Aww I almost cried reading this article. You have a lot of supporters I’ve never heard of you but I’ll definitely check out your music… Oh BTW i know you have a wife but still your really cute. 🙂

  22. You interview very well. I enjoyed reading this article. I love how well you articulate yourself. We need more black men in hip hop who aren’t afraid to show their intelligent side. its attractive and empowering. Keep up the great work.

  23. DAT blaze track you got is official and that lyric threat is dope too. Warning and South paw got that southern twist. I’m loving da versatility

  24. Wats good Ca$hon? I just listened to your reverbnation. You have some great songs.you should be on the radio. don’t stop the right person will get their hands on ya music soon just keep grinding

  25. OMG!!! Lol u might not remember me but we used to ride the linx in fla together.you look soo different. Still sexy tho 😉 lol I’ve been listening to your mix tape on datpiff its dope.what made you start rapping? Anyway keep doing ya thang IMA keep spreading da word #Hellaspit!!

  26. I really loved the article. You seem really passionate about your music. I love that in a artist. Keep up the hustle and change the game please!!! Im going to tell all my girls and home boys about you. The world needs to get to know Ca$hon Able.BTW your killing reverbnation keep it up.

  27. OK Rashawn!!!!! I see you doing ya thing boy. I heard you came back poinciana the other day? Wish I could of saw you. Heard you married now!!!!???? Congrats I hope she know she lucky. Well that’s if your still as sweet as you used to be Lol. Niggas do change. But yea I love your sound cloud.bring back hiphop papi.
    Sincerely ya one and only Colombians!! :-* 🙂

  28. Deep article. I enjoyed getting to know you today youngin.keep grinding. those millions are coming just stay focus and stay away from them fake record label execs.them snakes are out there. See them and avoid them son. # Ca$hon Able

      • Love your article. You’re music is amazing. Cashmere thoughts n silk dreams is awesome! I love “dear hip hop”.
        Lol at these thirsty females calling you “papi” & stuff knowing you’re taken. Smfh. But anyways, keep doing your thing with this music & bring real hip hop back

        • Lol word my wife was looking that the comments like SMH they krazy.but she knows were soulmates and she’s my one and only forever till death do us part so its kool.thank you again for all the love.

      • Love your article. You’re music is amazing. Cashmere thoughts n silk dreams is awesome! I love “dear hip hop”.
        Lol at these thirsty females calling you “papi” & stuff knowing you’re taken. Smfh. But anyways, keep doing your thing with this music & bring real hip hop back.

      • Love your article. You’re music is amazing. Cashmere thoughts n silk dreams is awesome! I love “dear hip hop”.
        Lol at these thirsty females calling you “papi” & stuff knowing you’re taken. Smfh. But anyways, keep doing your thing with this music & bring real hip hop back.

  29. FAM you already know what it is my nigga. Stay tru to DAT life we live and let the world know what it is for homies like us out here In the field
    My brother. Sorry I missed you the other day.heard some nigga at ya party was running his mouth bout me. heard you held it down so I ain’t worried ya smell me? But later for that. I wish you the best we proud of you out here and we love you my nigga. Keep making ya music and bring back that real hiphop!!
    #Ca$hon Able

  30. Shout out to you Mr.Ca$hon Able. This was a great read. I like this website. Great interview questions. I’ll definitely be on the look out for more artist like you.

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