Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous recently spoke on the state of hip-hop in terms of remixes and why he felt it was necessary to bring back the old school vibe of enhancing a hit’s overall sound.
Along with remixes, Fab briefly touched on his upcoming new mixtape.
“The S.O.U.L. Tape is a mixture of soul sampled beats and some soul and sampled instrumentals from other people’s songs like I guess people have seen the ‘Devil In A Blue Dress’ freestyle that I did,” Fab explained in an interview. “That was sort of one of the soul beats I used to freestyle over. Things in that lane and that vein. It made the CD more like a vibe CD…I wanted to bring that [remix trend] back to the game. I saw that the game, when it came to remixes now, was just picking up three, four, five other dudes and throwing them on the same beat and letting that rock out. I think every now and again that’s cool. Sometimes some beats are so infectious, that’s cool too, but I think people should go back to creating a new song and bringing a new experience to a record and bringing the record back to life as well.” (Rap Radar)
This week, F-a-b-o released a remix to his “You Be Killin’ Em” single.
Here is the eagerly anticipated remix to Fabolous’ “You Be Killin’ Em” single from his . “Look At Her (Killin ‘Em Pt. 2)”sees the New York rapper recruiting R&B powerhouses Ryan Leslie and Ne-Yo for the all star mix that will feature on F-A-B-O’s forthcoming mixtape The S.O.U.L. Tape which should be hitting the interwebs on April 21st. (Soul Culture)
In January, Fab contemplated what the mixtape’s name would be.
“I’m almost done with it,” Fab revealed in an interview referring to the upcoming mixtape. “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.'” (XXL Mag)
Fab also explained his motivation for releasing a deejay-free project.
“For a while there hasn’t been a tape without a DJ since like maybe Drake’s [So Far Gone] tape or Lil Wayne‘s [No Ceilings] tape,” Fab added. “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’s good for the music, but I think I want to do it without — just music. It’s 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.” (XXL Mag)
Check out Fabolous’ interview down below: