In May, Nas announced that he’s going the indie route with the launch of Mass Appeal Records. Now, he’s signed one of his first artists — Fresno, California-bred Fashawn.

The legendary rapper revealed the news in a statement this week, calling his signee the “most underrated.”

“Fashawn is one of the most underrated in the game,” Nas said. “The world is gonna know soon. We’re excited to have him as a part of the family.”

Fashawn’s Mass Appeal debut will be The Ecology, a project that follows a series of past efforts from the emcee, including his Ode To Illmatic project and his critically acclaimed Exile-produced album, Boy Meets World.

“I took the time to really work on this project because I knew it would be important not just for my career, but for Hip Hop,” Fashawn says. “I can’t wait to finally share my new project, especially through a label that gets my vision.”