MP3: Mistah F.A.B. – “Survive” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Kobe Honeycutt (prod. by Tha Bizness)
Rolling Stone Premieres The Crown Prince of Bay Area Hip-Hop’s New Single, Son of a Pimp 2 Arrives May 27th
Critical Praise for Mistah F.A.B.
“Mistah F.A.B. is a versatile Oakland MC with a wide-ranging capacity for tone and emotion—traits that have also made him a sharp songwriter for the likes of Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, B.o.B., and Tyga.” – Pitchfork
Mistah F.A.B.‘s upcoming Son of A Pimp 2 album has a remarkable list of featured rappers and he pulls out his big guns on his latest single “Survive,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I, Kobe Honeycutt, and renowned producers Tha Bizness. Premiered today by Rolling Stone, “Survive” boasts impressive lyricism by the three emcees, who convey strife against everyday struggles in poesy eloquence on the track. Mistah F.A.B. shares with Rolling Stone how the track came together: “I’ve known the whole TDE crew for years now, since around 2009. Jay Rock would bring his guys up to Oakland and I’d show him around The Town. We’d mob up and down the West Coast doing industry events, award shows, and core DJ retreats together. I reached out to Kendrick about a year ago like, ‘Yo Cousin, I need you on this record.’ He said it was no problem and got it to me the next day. Kendrick is hella talented. I just love that the world is embracing him the way that he is. He was always a star, it just took a long time for the world to see it. Crooked I and have worked together for years too. He might be one of the top lyricists ever out the West Coast. It’s dope to see those two together, one from Dr Dre’s camp and one from Eminem’s camp. Those guys have never done a record together. To put that under one umbrella was a great feat. Kobe Honeycutt, he did the “Kush” record for Dre, he’s a Grammy winning singer-songwriter, also super talented. To me, he’s like the ghetto Michael Jackson.”
Mistah F.A.B. returns to the forefront of the national scene with the 21-track, star-studded Son of a Pimp 2, hitting stores May 27th via Faeva Afta Music/EMPIRE. The sequel to F.A.B.’s breakthrough Son of a Pimp, released in May 2005, Son of a Pimp 2 marks the North Oakland emcee’s first official studio release since 2007’s Da Baydestrian. As the Bay Area’s Ambassador, Mistah F.A.B. has friendships with dozens of rappers in every region and scene in hip-hop, reflected in the absurdly strong cast of all-star guests including Kendrick Lamar, Boosie Badazz, IAMSU, E-40, G-Eazy, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Keak Da Sneak, Raekwon, Schoolboy Q, Bun B, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lupe Fiasco, Tech N9ne, B.o.B, Keyshia Cole, Curren$y, Devin the Dude, and a posthumous appearance from Bay Area legend The Jacka. The album features production from some of the best in the game, such as Pete Rock, IAMSU, P-Lo, Jake One, The Mekanix, Tha Bizness, and Erk Tha Jerk. As impressive as the guest list is for Son of a Pimp 2, Mistah F.A.B. did not make the album merely to show-off his massive rolodex. Keeping true to his legacy as a sociopolitical griot, F.A.B.’s album documents social justice issues such as mass incarceration, intersections of race and class, local activism, and more. As a noted storyteller, F.A.B. also included vivid songs about love, loss, and survival. Son of a Pimp 2 is an inspirational reflection on how the rapper overcame a tumultuous upbringing to become an upstanding citizen in his community. In 2014, the city of Oakland officially made February 8th Mistah F.A.B. Day, in honor of his work, activism, and community outreach.
Last month, Billboard premiered “What Yo Hood Like,” a true East-meets-West collective, featuring an appearance from Jadakiss and Pete Rock behind the boards. The first single from forthcoming album Son of a Pimp 2, “What Yo Hood Like” is a horn-driven boom-bap track, with F.A.B. rhyming about overcoming his upbringing and representing his neighborhood: “Oakland be the city where I’m livin’ at/where killers goin’ tit-for-tat/they get you and you get them back.” More recently, F.A.B. released “All Around the World,” featuring a verse from Silk-E and a gorgeous chorus from Keyshia Cole, F.A.B. laments the state of global affairs over shimmering production from Bay Area sound architects, The Mekanix, touching on police brutality, terrorism, warfare and mass incarceration. “All Around The World” is available as an instant gratis track with pre-order of Son of a Pimp 2, which hits stores on May 27th.
Listen to “Survive” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Honeycutt (Prod. by Tha Bizness): https://soundcloud.com/mistahfab/survive-feat-kendrick-lamar-crooked-i-kobe-honeycutt
Read Rolling Stone‘s premiere: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kendrick-lamar-strives-to-survive-on-heavy-new-mistah-f-a-b-track-20160513
Pre-order Son of a Pimp 2 and receive “Survive” as an instant grat-track: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/son-of-a-pimp-pt.-2/id1106027496?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Son of a Pimp 2 tracklist:
1. Liberty Forever Intro
2. Son of A Pimp (feat. CMT) [prod. by The Mekanix]
3. Not In Love Anymore (feat. Netta B) [prod. by Tha Bizness]
4. Pretty Girls (feat. Raekwon, G-Eazy, Carl Thomas) [prod. by Chinky P]
5. Up Until Then (feat. Boosie Badazz & Iamsu!) [prod. by Iamsu!]
6. Survive (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I, Kobe Honeycutt) [prod. by Tha Bizness]
7. All Around The World (feat. Keyshia Cole & Silk-E) [prod. by The Mekanix]
8. What Yo Hood Like (feat. Jadakiss) [prod. by Pete Rock]
9. Backseat (feat. Tech N9ne, B.o.B.) [prod. by Chinky P]
10. Finna Do (feat. Iamsu! & Idaho J Doe) [prod. by Juneonnabeat]
11. Black Hollywood (Too $hort, Snoop Dogg, Bobby V) [prod. by Tha Bizness]
12. Still Feelin It [prod. by Sean T]
13. IDKW2D (feat. 2 Chainz) [prod. by Ekzakt]
14. Memory Lane (feat. Dyson) [prod. by Elusive Orkestra]
15. On All Mommaz (feat. Keak Da Sneak, E-40) [prod. by P-Lo]
16. The Chill (feat. Currensy Spitta & ScHoolboy Q) [prod. by Elusive Orkestra]
17. Yes Indeed (feat. Fashawn, Lupe Fiasco) [prod. by Jake One]
18. Commin Down (feat. Bun B., Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Z-Ro) [prod. by S.E. Trill]
19. Disrespectful (feat. Too $hort, Devin The Dude, Erk Tha Jerk) [prod. by Erk Tha Jerk]
20. Brother to Brother (feat. Dyson)
21. Written in Blood (feat. J. Stalin & the Jacka) [prod. by Lev Berlak]
Mistah F.A.B.’s breakout album, 2005’s Son of a Pimp, established the North Oakland emcee as a rising star, and a major factor in a resurgent Bay Area rap scene which would demand national attention from hip-hop’s cultural gatekeepers. A decade later—older, wiser, and more resilient—FAB returns with Son of A Pimp 2, a no-holds-barred, 21-track extravaganza he considers the truest representation of his artistic talent to date. The list of features is sure to raise eyebrows, as is the fact that FAB more than holds his own against some of the rap world’s most celebrated artists from practically every region in the United States. Just as impressive as the tracks themselves is the fact that FAB assembled his all-star roster of talent from his friends list, leveraging the networking he’s been doing for years as a go-to guy for out of town artists visiting the Bay, as well as his solid rep within Oakland.
Faeva Afta Music
FAM (Faeva Afta Music) is an American record label founded by rapper Mistah F.A.B. in 2008. The label is based in Oakland, CA. FAM consists of Mistah F.A.B. and in-house producers Bizness Boi, Ekzakt long with LT Beats. The label’s releases are currently distributed by EMPIRE.
EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Sage The Gemini, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels.
“Survive” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Honeycutt (Prod. by Tha Bizness): https://soundcloud.com/mistahfab/survive-feat-kendrick-lamar-crooked-i-kobe-honeycutt
“All Around The World”: https://soundcloud.com/mistahfab/all-around-the-world-feat-keyshia-cole-silk-e
“What Yo Hood Like”: https://soundcloud.com/empire/mistah-fab-what-yo-hood-like-feat-jadakiss/
Pre-order Son of a Pimp 2 on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/son-of-a-pimp-pt.-2/id1106027496&app=itunes
E-40 ft. Mistah F.A.B. – “Outta Control”: https://soundcloud.com/e-40-official/outta-control-ft-dem-hoodstarz
“New Oakland”: https://soundcloud.com/allybo510/mistah-fab-new-oakland