MP3: Mistah F.A.B. – “6 Shots” (Prod. by The Mekanix)
“Same situation, black victim, white cop / same scenario; 6 months later, case dropped”
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. will not stand idly by as the list of unarmed African-American victims of police violence grows ever longer. With the paranoid-yet-hopeful “6 Shots,” produced by The Mekanix, Mistah F.A.B. explains the ills affecting the American criminal justice system and decries the racism that plagues all aspects of society. Though much of the song comes from a place of anger, and Mistah F.A.B. directs much of his anger towards police officers, the final verse ends with a plea for action from African-Americans, especially black police officers: “What got me hot is there ain’t no black cops speakin’ out/coulda been your son, coulda been your daughter out there bleedin’ out/tell me what good is having arms if you ain’t reachin’ out/tell me what good is having a tongue if you ain’t speakin’ out/you see there’s power in the people they don’t speak about/you see the power in the people is what I speak about.” The track ends with a clip from a speech byNakia Jones, an African-American officer who did speak out, decrying officers for standing by colleagues guilty of murder.
States Mistah F.A.B.:
“The police put the most radical and reckless officers in the most dangerous neighborhoods. If you’re afraid, if you’re intimidated of black people, why are you patrolling those neighborhoods to begin with? Police forces need to invest more in prevention. And they need to be held accountable for their actions as well. We have to stop the ‘bro-code’ of police and courts standing in solidarity with each other just because they wear the same badge. What makes you any different than someone who murdered unjustly if you stand in solidarity with that person?
“As civilians, we need to teach our ourselves our rights and how to react in escalating situations with the police. We’ve got to stand in solidarity with each other by participating in community work, philtanthropy, and we’ve gotta get on the front lines. We can’t jump into a healing process right away because to ask ‘How can we heal?’ is to be forgiving. Although we have fought for the dignities and rights through the Civil Rights Movement, how much farther have we come since we’ve been dragged to this country?”
Throughout his career, Mistah F.A.B. has balanced his music with his role as a pillar in the Oakland community. From sponsoring and organizing numerous charitable works, including backpack giveaways, toy drives, turkey drives, and Easter Egg hunts, to funding scholarships and fundraising for groups homes, he’s also created programs for musicians while building local recording studios. In 2014, the city of Oakland officially made February 8th Mistah F.A.B. Day, in honor of his work in his community. Inspired by the death of his mother and the birth of his daughter, Mistah F.A.B.’s latest album, Son of a Pimp 2, is available now.
Listen to “6 Shots”: https://soundcloud.com/mistahfab/6-shots/
Stream Son of a Pimp 2 on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7rkEFjm5tuORcwq3GIyuSJ
Buy Son of a Pimp 2 on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/son-of-a-pimp-pt.-2/id1106027496
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 and Ekzakt, along 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.
“6 Shots”: https://soundcloud.com/mistahfab/6-shots/
“Up Until Then” ft. Boosie Badazz and Iamsu!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIgyuBqWHdI
Son of a Pimp 2: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/son-of-a-pimp-pt.-2/id1106027496
“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