Although Mistah F.A.B. has endured much scrutiny in the national press over the past few months for his single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ghost Ride ItÃ¢â‚¬Â, he prepares himself for his upcoming release on SMC Recordings this May with DA BAYDESTRIAN.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, FAB encountered his first taste of fame when he entered The Source MagazineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unsigned Hype Freestyle BattleÃ¢â‚¬Â in 1999 and placed 3rd. This brought him to the attention of a local
Bay Area based label Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Straight Hits, who signed him in 2001. FAB released his first underground album with the label in 2003 entitled, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nig-LatinÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Bay Area legend, Mac Dre took notice of this fledgling rapper and enlisted him as one of the original members of the Thizz Nation. With the backing of this renowned rapper Mistah F.A.B. released Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mac Dre Presents Mistah F.A.B. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Son of a PimpÃ¢â‚¬Â in 2005 featuring the huge regional hit Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Super Sic Wit ItÃ¢â‚¬Â featuring E-40. The single ends up taking the Hyphy movement in a whole different direction, with the song lyric Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do the dummy, retarded, and ride the yellow busÃ¢â‚¬Â. The Hyphy movement revolves around acting a fool and FAB took it one step further with these lyrics.
The song and the album propelled FAB to regional stardom. Soon every artist in the bay area started calling, wanting him to guest star on their albums. He was also featured on the MTV special, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My Block Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The BayÃ¢â‚¬Â which caught the interest of many major labels – FAB decided to roll with Atlantic Records.
It is not unusual these days for an artist to be signed to two labels at once. After negotiating with Atlantic, the Bay Area giant, SMC Recordings was able to secure a deal with FAB as well. Will Bronson, Co-Founder of SMC speaks on his longstanding business relationship with FAB, Ã¢â‚¬Å“FAB and my history is crazy, we pretty much came up together. To be involved in this album and everything FAB’s got going on- as corny as it sounds- is beyond business, this s**t is personal, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way independent music should be.”
Recording his album Ã¢â‚¬â€œ DA BAYDESTRIAN in record time, the release will also feature FABÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s infamous DVD, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Freestyle KingÃ¢â‚¬Â as a bonus as well as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yellow Bus PassÃ¢â‚¬Â to download Ã¢â‚¬Å“Son of a PimpÃ¢â‚¬Â for free. FAB explains why he decided to add extra features to his album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“”I’m puttin the Bonus DVD and free download of ‘Son Of A Pimp’ in there because that’s the album that got my buzz crazy in the Bay. We’re sayin’ “Da Baydestrian” is the prequel to “Da Yellow Bus Rydah” so I wanna give you as much of me to get you ready for that.”
DA BAYDESTRIAN will feature production by Rob-E, Sean-T, Traxxamillion, Young L among others and guest appearances from Too Short, Keak Da Sneak, Fabo from D4L, Mesy Marv and Spice 1. FABÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next track off the album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Get This S**t TogetherÃ¢â‚¬Â has already been leaked on line and has been popping up on West coast radio stations. FAB wants everyone to know, “‘ Da Baydestrian‘ is for all the fans thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been waiting for the last two years for something new. It’s a project that’s gonna rep the Bay to the fullest no strings attached and show everyone there’s more to me than just goin’ dumb. People forget that I really spit and think that all I do is ride Da Yellow Bus”.
Never one to slow down, F.A.B. is already back in the studio working on his next album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Da Yellow Bus RydahÃ¢â‚¬Â being released on Atlantic Records, “I know everyone is like what’s up with the whole Atlantic deal? Yes, Atlantic is goin’ to drop “Da Yellow Bus Rydah”, DA BAYDESTRIAN is just the in between process. The music business is crazy. I’m puttin my heart into it, so to all the fans just be patient and post up at the bus stop”.
DA BAYDESTRIAN is being released on Faeva Afta/ Thizz Nation/ SMC Recordings and is in stores now.