Oakland’s Mistah F.A.B. says just because he’s been sufficient on the independent music circuit for so long, doesn’t mean he’s not open to working with a major label again.
Around five years ago, F.A.B. had a label deal with Atlantic, but admits he wasn’t mature enough at the time to be a CEO and an artist. When his deal ended, Fab had no choice but to wear all hats to push his product.
“Never in my career have I just been able to be just an artist who goes to the studio. Never,” he said. “I’ve always had to be my own CEO, press up my own posters, find my own distribution. I’m not against that, but I look at the industry and see these guys who are just able to be artists.
“Maaan, my perfect example is my dear friend Wale,” he added. “I’ve been fucking with Wale for years. I always thought he just needed the right people behind him. When Rozay came in, you see what happened. You see what happens when you have the right people behind you; number one album. It’s proof. One thing about me, I know how to make money. I know how to make an album for free. The Bus Ride and the Backpack series didn’t cost me nothing.”
Fabby Davis Jr. dropped his latest mixtape, I Found My Backpack 2: The Lost Notebook on Tuesday. The project features the likes of Jadakiss, Talib Kweli and N.O.R.E.
“I just want to make good music and be the voice, nationwide, worldwide for my city,” he explained. “That’s what I’m doing. Regardless if I become a household name , or whatever it is, I’m going to continue to keep doing what I’m doing. If the opportunity presents itself, a Kanye or a Rozay [wants to sign me], or something like that, I’m with it. Come get somebody from the Bay. There’s so much money in this Bay.” —Shaheem Reid