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Mistah F.A.B. InterviewAuthor: Adam BernardRight now one man has people jumping onto the hoods of their own moving vehicles, ghost rider authority Mistah F.A.B. This week RapReviews sat down with Mistah F.A.B. and found out more about the stunt, his political ties, and how the song "Ghost Ride It" is just one very small aspect of who he really is.Adam Bernard: "Ghost Ride It" became a huge jump off single for you, but it also created a number of controversies. Talk to me first about what happened with the movie studio.Mistah F.A.B.: Well you know controversy in any form is great, especially when you're dealing with marketing an album and selling an album. Columbia Pictures actually owns the trademarks for the Ghostbusters emblem that was used in my video. They told us that they didn't pass the authorization for us to use it so we had to pull the video from all video outlets and if we didn't that they would sue us. We felt that the buzz that we had already generated was enough for us to go on with it. We didn't feel that we wanted to fight it. How can you fight a powerhouse like Columbia Pictures whose money is endless? We just used this and turned the negativity into a positive and continued to capitalize off the buzz.AB: Do you think it was a little hypocritical of them, a studio that made a comedy movie, to shut down something that was, in effect, satire?F.A.B.: Not at all, man. If someone owns something they have all rights to do whatever way they feel with it. I can't be mad at them because that's theirs. We used it and without their authorization. And that's how life is, right is right and wrong is wrong, regardless if even the wrong is more right. So I have to agree with them in doing what they do and they only made me bigger by doing it."It's something that we do and it's natural to us. People who may not be so hands on with it like we do it [..] they hurt themselves."
A slew of mixtapes, compilations, and guest spots made him ubiquitous in the local scene throughout 2005 and 2006, and led him to host his own locally oriented show, Yellow Bus Radio, on KYLD-FM, which -- in keeping with hyphy's special-ed scholastic motif -- featured weekly book reports. With burgeoning national interest in Bay Area hip-hop in 2006, F.A.B. became the subject of a major-label bidding war, signing with Atlantic Records that September, but a series of obstacles hindered his career momentum. KMEL-FM, the Bay's top urban station, imposed an unofficial but crippling blacklist of F.A.B.'s songs and guest appearances, due to petty personal grievances as well as the perceived slight of his successful show on a rival station, thereby significantly undermining his hometown visibility. Later, his breakout single, "Ghost Ride It," was the subject of controversy on two fronts -- national clamor over the hyphy practice of "ghost riding" described in the song (throwing a car in neutral, then jumping out and walking alongside or riding on the roof as it continues to move), following two fatal, allegedly related incidents, and threatened legal action from Columbia Pictures over the use of the Ghostbusters logo in the video (the track samples the movie's theme song) -- which caused the video to first be heavily censored and then pulled from television altogether.
How do you begin to process the events of the past week, which have played out like some fucked up recurring nightmare, where the stakes become slightly more surreal and horrifying with each passing hour? How do you make sense of the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the latest names to be added to that grim, too-familiar roster of innocents gunned down by law enforcement? What do you do with the videos, with the news of more such killings, with the shooting at a protest in Dallas? How do you continue to deal with this hell, the latest dispiriting chapter in the country's long racist history? How do you protect yourself from falling apart at the same time? 2b1af7f3a8