Oakland Rap Legend Mistah F.A.B. Moves Past His Hyphy Legacy and Makes a Different, Lasting Impact on His Hometown 

'There's so much more to me than music. The maturation of me as a man and how that continues to evolve — it should be a sight to see.'

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A F.A.B. future

F.A.B.'s friends and colleagues agree that he's one of the most diligent and hard-working people they know, and that his persistent hustle and genuine personality enabled him to become a successful artist and prolific philanthropist — and without a major-label deal or partnership with a big-time nonprofit.

"If I had to sum him up, he's a hustler. He hustles harder than anyone," producer Valerio said.

F.A.B. has gained considerable renown for his activism. Beyond the messages in his work, he has always been closely involved with his community, even after becoming famous and moving to the more affluent Montclair neighborhood. Over the course of the past ten years, he's hosted countless benefits, fundraisers, and philanthropic projects on the corner of 45th and Market. And these were not half-baked partnerships with nonprofits or black-tie galas. In contrast to typical celebrity charity work, his activism has always been hands-on and grassroots: He's organized school supply and backpack giveaways for local school kids, Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, holiday toy drives, anti-gun violence block parties, domestic-violence prevention initiatives, and many other projects.

click to enlarge Mistah F.A.B. looks out onto the corner of 45th and Market Streets, his long-time home base. - BERT JOHNSON
  • Bert Johnson
  • Mistah F.A.B. looks out onto the corner of 45th and Market Streets, his long-time home base.

"Not many people can say that — that they sacrificed a lot of themselves and a lot of their shine for the benefit of others," he said with pride.

And he's already planning his next endeavors. On the eve of the release of Son of a Pimp, Pt. 2, he posted a video on Snapchat of himself in New York working on new music. "In the studio working and the album just dropped!!!!!" the caption read. He and his team are also hard at work to open the Dope Era store, and they just launched Dope Era Magazine, an online and print publication dedicated to Oakland music and culture written by and for Town natives.

F.A.B. has donated countless hours and dollars to the people of his neighborhood, and he said he has his sights set on incorporating an official nonprofit organization so that he can make an even greater impact.

"There's so much more to me than music. The maturation of me as a man and how that continues to evolve — it should be a sight to see."


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