Brooklyn rapper Fabolous recently spoke on the local hip-hop scene around his way and why he wants to fill the void Jay-Z left after reaching hip-hop mogul status.
In Fab’s opinion, it is time to shine and help put New York on his back.
“I feel like New York music is not at its strongest point but it needs somebody to be its backbone,” Fab said in an interview. “You look at Jay-Z and Jay-Z has been that backbone, been that superstar from New York and even an icon and I think that’s where his place is now. It’s not even just as a New York artist. He overshadows just trying to be a New York artist. You need somene who can also step in the shoes. When you come here, when you go to the club, when you see the fashion, when you see everything that represents New York, and each region of music has that. It’s time for me to just step into those shoes.” (YouTube)
Just last month, Atlanta’s T.I. said hip-hop beefs and disputes ultimately hurt the Big Apple’s rap scene.
“I was really working on trying to resolve all beefs in the town. I was working on trying to get everybody to sit down at the same table. Whether you like each other or not at least have a respect, a mutual respect for one another to where ya’ll can be in the same buildings and we can work on the same records,” Tip said in an interview. “And right now it’s like everybody wanna be the man. That’s what it is, that’s really what it is in the town. Everybody wanna be the man and if they ain’t the man then they looking at who is the man and trying to figure out how to take his spot. And that is what killed the scene in New York.” (“Nite Cap W/ Peter Bailey”)
In early 2012, Bad Boy Records’ French Montana talked about bringing New York hip-hop back to the forefront.
“It’s been so long for a New York artist to really [have an impact] that it seems like there’s been a dark cloud over New York and the East Coast,” Montana said in an interview. “It’s a blessing that me and other East Coast artists are finally getting our shine again. Artists like Meek Mills (who is from Philadelphia), myself…everybody. We just need more support, that’s all. A song like ‘Shot Caller’ is East Coast…it even has the Lords of the Underground sample from “Funky Child.” But it’s important that we make sure we also make music for everybody else like I did with “Choppa Choppa Down.” (VIBE)
Outside of putting on for the Empire State, Fabolous recently discussed his personal life.
“I don’t think marriage is in the future for me right now. [laughs] I just really don’t. And the thing about marriage is that, I believe in it but don’t believe in it,” Fabolous said in an interview. “I think sometimes people put on that ring and that paper, and it messes up a good thing sometimes because now it’s a different emphasis on your relationship because now you can say I’m married, I got this paper — I like to just build on relationships and make sure you’re in a happy relationship.” (“The Combat Jack Show”)
Check out Fabolous’ interview: