News: Fabolous Defends Selling "Funeral Service" At Retailers, "People Saying It's A Classic"

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 10:40AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous recently explained his reason for re-releasing last spring's mixtape The Funeral Service: There Is No Competition 2.

Fab believes his mixtape has won the right to be called a classic and caught Def Jam's attention.

"It's really incredible how people will connect with the work," Fab said. "I think we put a lot of work into it, with the whole funeral theme. We didn't just say it and you had to daydream it. We went into the funeral homes. We picked caskets out for the competition. Def Jam, this summer, is gonna put the mixtape out as an EP. So I did about four new songs, put 'em with some of the original joints from the mixtape. We got more viral videos coming. We just gonna keep it going and let it end as the classic it is. A lot of people saying it's a classic, one of the, if not the best mixtape of 2010. It's crazy to me, because it started out as something I wanted to give free to the fans and people who accept my work. Def Jam even came in and said, 'Whoa, we gotta get a piece.' It's a good thing, man." (MTV)

Reports show the album having a modified name and dropping in late August.

The Funeral Service may be over, but Fabolous is still in mourning. The Brooklyn rapper has selected a title and release date for a repackaging of his mixtape. F-A-B-O had the Internet abuzz with his mixtape There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service. Released in March, the 20-track set featured appearances from Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Juelz Santana, and more. Now Fab will release his street offering to retail on August 24 under the title There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP, Rap-Up.com has learned. He has been in the studio recording new material for the project. (Rap-Up)

Earlier this month, Fab broke the news of his free mixtape being put in stores by Def Jam.

"Def Jam decided to put out TiNc2 the Funeral Service mixtape as a EP in August... So im in the studio workin on a few new songs...," he revealed Thursday (July 1).
"Back in the studio workin on the TiNc2 Funeral Service EP.. Despite what u heard i wont be in Miami 2nite.. #NYC"
"Its a hard job killin the competition & keepin them dead.. But somebody gotta do it.. #FuneralFab" (Fabolous' Twitter)

Last March, Fab talked about the original mixtape's constant delays.

"Nah, timing was the hardest part," Fab explained about his delayed release. "You know I have a very crazy schedule, I have a lot of shows -- I wanted to take time out and make time to do this album, to do this mixtape, I keep referring to it as an album because that's what it felt like...I chose the opportunity to work with some of the people I didn't get to work with before like Nicki [Minaj] and Cam. They make good music, I make good music and you put good music and good music together and you make great music. I think they were helpful in making the mixtape as well, it's a great project...I put a lot of hard work into it." (Real Talk NY)

Check out Fabolous speaking on his mixtape down below:

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