Fabo: “I Feel Like I Was Always Better Than Michael Jackson”

Lefabian “Fabo” Williams knows the importance of making a good first impression. As the colorful frontman of the rap outfit D4L, Fabo was the face of the dance happy snap music movement. With his elastic dance moves, multihued socks, and signature white-rimmed sunglasses, the Atlanta performer helped the group take their debut single “Laffy Taffy” to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in ’06.

Since then, fellow D4L member Shawty Lo has established a solid solo career, while Fabo took some time off from music, following the death of his baby’s mother. In addition to taking care of his daughter, he also went back to school. Now working on a solo album, Fabo has enlisted beats from high-powered beatsmiths like Mannie Fresh, Drumma Boy and Zaytoven to back his sound. XXLMag.com caught up with Fabo to get the rundown on his school days, new music and the possibility of a D4L reunion.

XXLMag.com: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from you. What have you been up to?

Fabo: I just been having fun, that’s basically it. Having fun working hard everyday.

XXLMag.com: You also went back to school, right?

Fabo: Yeah, I’m in an online school at Ashworth University. Some kind of way they put me in a category where I was in college on a campus.

XXLMag.com: What motivated you to go back to school?

Fabo: I mean, basically, my daughter was missing for a couple of years. I lost my baby mama and when I got her back from my baby mama’s family I decided to spend more time with her. Settle in little bit—my studio and everything—then I got into school, got my high school degree and [went] on with it.

XXLMag.com: Have you been keeping up with hip-hop during your time away from the game?

Fabo: I stayed on the magazines, stayed on the Internet, blogs and stuff. I’m an avid blogger myself. It’s just about sitting back watching everything going on. I think it’s great. I love what Plies doing, I love what Gucci Mane doing, you know? It’s just about watching it evolve and watching the South cats step up their vocab on what they doing. That’s a big plus. I just been watching what’s going on. I’m just so proud of the South for doing their thing.

XXLMag.com: You must also be proud of the success your D4L cohort Shawty Lo has found as a solo artist.

Fabo: Oh, man, everyday. That’s like a big accomplished for the whole group, just to see somebody get a BET Award and everything. I feel like D4L was kinda held back from those things. Like, 30,000 haters, coming from everywhere and every big program you could think of and we went No. 1 and they wouldn’t let us be on a lot of them shows. He broke a lot of barriers the same way that T.I. did for Bankhead.

XXLMag.com: How was Shawty Lo able to make the transition from the colorful snap tunes of D4L to making harder trap music?

Fabo: I think a lot of people be forgetting we hustlers and street cats… Same thing with me putting on a million colors. I had never done that in my life. I felt like we had a kid type of song and a lot of our shows were in front of a lot of kids and stuff. It’s just about adapting into your situation. The music changed and I think Shawty capitalized on that and that was great.

XXLMag.com: Can we expect a D4L reunion down the line?

Fabo: We been chopping it up, back and fourth about the issue. I just did a song with one of Shawty Lo’s new artists, so we all still cool. I just had a lot of stuff going on at the time, personal family business, overcomes everything. We can get in there at anytime and get it done. We work pretty quick. We got good chemistry, so it ain’t no telling.

XXLMag.com: Would the sound and the group’s look be different from what you guys did on the first album?

Fabo: Basically you never really want to get away from what the fans want but you will want to capitalize on having something new.

XXLMag.com: Despite your past success, you guys were given plenty of grief for your sound and dancing. What advice do you have for groups today that catch flack for the same thing?

Fabo: My advice to them is to just stay on point, keep their head up or whatever. These people gonna come out the woodwork. They just hating because they wasn’t the one that made the song or whatever and it’s ’cause for them to go back to the studio to revaluate their whole situation. Maybe they been spending years on what they doing and they think they ready to go forward on their project and you get a jerk song or something like that and if it’ dope they say, “Alright, I have to go back to the drawing board.” Just keep your head up and let these haters be your motivators.

XXLMag.com: Any new dance moves you been working on?

Fabo: [Laughs] Hey, man, I can’t never stop dancing. I feel like I was always better than Michael Jackson. Shout out to the king. Rest in peace. —Rondell Conway

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    “I feel like I was always better than Michael Jackson.”

    Guess what? You’re not. No one else feels that way.

    • Chris S

      he’s not better than anybody

  • JERZ

    damn sad to her hsi baby mother died and shit
    but at least he stayed strong the nigga went to
    school he’d doin the right thing “Laffy Taffy”
    was ass but judging from this Fabo seems
    to have his head on straight do ya thing my nigga

  • matty21

    i’m starting to see spaceships on bankheaddd…i wanna fly mornin thru da night

  • Torry

    I fucks with yall XXL, but yall know yall wrong for tryna bait niggas with that headline…

    • b

      word.

      how else did i wind up reading a fuckin d4l interview?

  • http://www.myspace.com/1djallday DJ ALL DAY

    Well that was an intresting post? Co-sign torry and pierzy what up fellaz, I love how he said

    “I love what Plies doing, I love what Gucci Mane doing, you know? It’s just about watching it evolve and watching the South cats step up their vocab on what they doing. That’s a big plus. I just been watching what’s going on. I’m just so proud of the South for doing their thing.” Please tell me u not serious??? step up their vocab dont make me laugh I dont think the bbbburrrprint or the so called “goon” (which till this day I still have not heard one “goon” song nigga b making bitch nigga songs) plies stepped up shit I think they dumbed down even more then when they first came out lol.

    I respect there hustle and yes there hot right now but trust me ten years from now gucci who?? and this nigga getting his high school diploma now?? damn homie I guess u weren’t the man in high school but not hating just dont understand these so called rappers never mind the word MC.

    If I ever got the chance and money they make off of dumb shit like that trust hip hop would not b like this…and im workin on it so have hope….other than that u definitly not better than the king R.I.P. ur known 4 a candy treat which makes u a candy rapper MJ is known 4 epic and iconic movies/music/whatever he touches….Icon>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>candy rapper

  • Anonymous

    We been chopping it up, back and fourth about the issue….

    Back and FORTH, holy shit why does XXL only hire inbred illiterate bloggers.

    Where can I send my resume?

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Torry says:

    I fucks with yall XXL, but yall know yall wrong for tryna bait niggas with that headline…

    ^ word

    I thought FAB was talking sh*t…

  • tronthadon

    When he coming wi sum new shit? Geeked up was tha anthem to all tha bean rollers out here..east atlanta

  • Gift

    I don’t care what anybody says, I fucks wit Faybo. Solo Faybo that is though. Niggas on here sensative, yall know he was not being for real when he said he dances better than MJ. smoke something and chill niggas.

    • Enlightened

      I feel you homie. When I really sat down and heard Fabo – ON SOMEBODY ELSE SHIT – dude actually got a couple flows.
      And his dancing style and everything was entertaining and silly as hell. He had his complete own lane that he could capitalize off of.

      Now them other niggas….HHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRIIIBLLE!

      I mean SUPER HORRIBLE! Shawty Lo included. Them niggas are the worst rappers known to mankind bar none.

      And Fabo if you readin this, niggas wasn’t “hating.” Laffy Taffy had a bullshit ass one-line casio soundin beat and you were the only nigga on the song who could rap. Your verse was actually using candy names as metaphors and was actually thought it. Then them other horrible niggas just went all of subject and rapped about absolutely nothing. It was horrible man. Of course bitches could dance to it, but they would do that off the drums alone.

      Do you man (JUST YOU SOLO) and don’t call it hating. Step up the production and do your thang.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “And Fabo if you readin this, niggas wasn’t “hating.” Laffy Taffy had a bullshit ass one-line casio soundin beat and you were the only nigga on the song…”

    ^ truth

  • Tre says WTF?

    Fabo I wanna punch you in the face for that.

  • El Tico Loco

    I actually thought Fabo was gonna be the breakout artist, not Shawty Lo, I actually heard him sing before it was like some Jaheim meets life sounding voice he always had potential.

  • http://www.stickam.com/theh2flow Mach Digital

    I’d definitely give Fabo a listen with his solo stuff.

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