Fabolous had tremendous success with his last mixtape, There is No Competition 2, and he plans on following it up next month with another free offering. XXLMag.com recently chopped it up with F-A-B-O to find out all about his new project.
According to Fab, he’s already recorded most of the material for the untitled tape and he’s even shot a video for one of the tracks. Emphasizing a focus on soul beats, Fab hit up his Twitter followers for some title suggestions.
“I’m almost done with it,” he told XXL. “I did the poll [on Twitter] to get people interactive with it and see what names they would come up with. I’m doing it over all old soul sampled beats, so I wanted to keep the world ‘soul’ within the title. A lot of people picked ‘Soul Survivor’ or really attached it to There Is No Competition because they are already familiar with that and that’s one of the mixtape monikers for me. But I wanted to keep it separate from There Is No Competition, even though that name is winning [in the poll]. I might actually go with the third option which is ‘The S.O.U.L. Tape.’ The first one that was winning was ‘Rest The Souls of the Competition.’ That’s kinda like playing into There Is No Competition 2 and the next one is ‘TINC 2.5: Soul Survivor.’ But I’m trying to steer away from that because that’s its own brand. I want to steer away from both of those and just call it ‘The S.O.U.L. Tape.’”
Since the tape is separate from his TINC series, Fab isn’t going to recruit DJ Drama to take on hosting duties. In fact, he may not have a DJ involved with the tape at all. “For a while there hasn’t been a tape without a DJ since like maybe Drake’s tape or Lil Wayne’s tape,” he said. “Everybody usually has a DJ attached to it which is dope, I think it’s a dope thing for both the DJ and the artist. They usually blend the tapes well and it good for the music, but I think I want to do it without— just music. Its kinda one of those tapes that I want people to just sit through and listen and really hear the lyrics. DJs bring it back sometimes or they’re talking on top of it.”
As for when fans can expect the disc to drop, “I’m trying to get it out in February,” he said. “like the first or second week of February.” —Elan Mancini with reporting by Rob Markman