[Bay Area rap veteran Mistah F.A.B. recently sat down with hip-hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on his popular “The Cipher” podcast. Listen to the full interview and check out five gems Fabby Davis, Jr. dropped during the Q&A.]

On the legacy of the Black Panthers:

“Pro-black doesn’t necessarily mean anti-white. But we have to accept our consciousness and understand what we’re going through and have been through to provide a better sight to see for us.”

On growing up and discovering yourself:

“I’ve never shied away from who I am and what I am, and what I am is someone who is growing, and has yet to figure out myself in its entirety. As you grow, you have to continue to cultivate a better thesis of who you actually are.”

On his cousin Marshawn Lynch’s career prospects:

He’s done. You know, um, [pause] for the regular season.

On writing for Too $hort:

It’s a great experience. I’m so humbled by him allowing me to be his pen, but also be some form of a liason to him to learn the game. Who else better than to get it from the godfather of independent?

On the Bay Area rap canon:

In the Bay Area, you got E-40, Too $hort, Mac Dre, Andre Nickatina. Those are the guys that we grow up idolizing. That would be our Mount Rushmore.