Mistah FAB at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon on Sunday
Don’t be surprised if Mistah FAB ghostrides the distance from Thizz Nation to Tahoe in the yellow bus ” and you need a hyphy-to-English dictionary to translate when he gets here.
(Hyphy is a hip-hop subculture that emerged from the Bay Area over the past decade. Most credit rapper Keak Da Sneak with coining the term from his childhood, when his mother would tell him he was hyper, which he would repeat as “hyphy.”)
The Fresh Coast Tour, which stops at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon on Sunday, March 2, includes an ambassador from Thizz Nation, the Yay Area, Oakland ” whatever you want to call it. Mistah FAB, who collaborated with Zion I and the Grouch on “Heroes in the City of Dope,” will make an appearance with them Sunday.
With four solo releases already, FAB has more going on than a guest-starring role. Mistah FAB (according to Wikipedia, it’s an acronym for Money Is Something to Always Have, Foeva Afta Bread) dropped “Da Baydestrian” last year and has three more albums in the works.
“‘Da Baydestrian’ is for all the fans that’s been waiting for the last two years for something new,” Mistah FAB said in a news release. “It’s a project that’s gonna rep the Bay to the fullest, no strings attached, and show everyone there’s more to me than just goin’ dumb. People forget that I really spit and think that all I do is ride da yellow bus.”
The Oakland-born MC placed third in the Source’s Unsigned Hype Freestyle Battle in 1999, bringing him to the attention of Bay Area-based Straight Hits, which signed him in 2001. He dropped his underground debut, “Nig-Latin,” in 2003.
Bay Area producer Mac Dre took notice and made him one of the original members of his label, Thizz Nation. “Mac Dre Presents Mistah FAB ” Son of a Pimp” came out in 2005 and included the hyphy hymn “Super Sic Wit It,” featuring E-40 and the lyrics: “I do the dummy, retarded and ride the yellow bus.”
On the strength of the single and the album, Mistah FAB earned a number of guest-star slots as well as a spot on MTV’s “My Block ” the Bay.” FAB then signed deals with both Atlantic Records and Bay Area-based SMC recordings.
“FAB and my history is crazy ” we pretty much came up together,” said SMC co-founder Will Bronson. “To be involved in this album and everything FAB’s got going on ” as corny as it sounds ” is beyond business: This shit is personal, but that’s the way independent music should be.”
Mistah FAB has been in the studio working on “Da Yellow Bus Rydah” for Atlantic and released “Da Baydestrian” on SMC to tide fans over in the meantime.
“We’re sayin’ ‘Da Baydestrian’ is the prequel to ‘Da Yellow Bus Rydah,’ so I wanna give you as much of me to get you ready for that,” he said. “I know everyone is like ‘What’s up with the whole Atlantic deal?’ Yes, Atlantic is goin’ to drop ‘Da Yellow Bus Rydah.’ ‘Da Baydestrian is just the in-between process. The music business is crazy. I’m puttin’ my heart into it, so to all the fans, just be patient and post up at the bus stop.”
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