Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous will continue his murderous lyrical spree by teaming up with R&B singers Ne-Yo and Ryan Leslie for a “You Be Killin’ ‘Em” remix.
The revamped record will land on Fab’s upcoming S.O.U.L. mixtape set to drop around mid-April.
Fabolous’ massacre continues. The Brooklyn rapper hit the studio with Ne-Yo and Ryan Leslie to record a soulful sequel to his There Is No Competition 2 mixtape hit “You Be Killin’ ‘Em” called “Look at Her (Killin’ ‘Em Part 2).” Get a taste of the new version from Fab’s The S.O.U.L. Tape, due April 21, which serves as a prequel to his next studio album Loso’s Way 2. (Rap-Up)
In 2009, Leslie discussed possibly linking up with Fab and Ne-Yo to create a supergroup.
“We’re talking about a triple-team collaboration that’s really gonna hurt the game,” he revealed. “Your boy Fab, the boy Ne-Yo and yours truly on the board. It’s really gonna put a hurting on everybody…The table is open — if you’re bringing something to the table, you can break bread. It’s about conceptualizing. It’s not gonna be a project that’s thrown together. It’s gonna be a real roundtable, and we’re gonna talk about really putting something in the atmosphere that contributes something that’s never been done before.” (MTV)
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 a sneak peek at the “You Be Killin’ ‘Em” remix down below: