Stanley Petey Cox (born January 23, 1982), best known as Mistah F.A.B., is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, community organizer and activist. Mistah F.A.B. is an acronym for "Money Is Something to Always Have -- FaEva Afta Bread."
F.A.B.'s music career began in the late 90's when he was discovered by Jazzy Jim and Gary Archer. He was featured on a slew of Mac Dre's Thizz Nation mixtape compilations and quickly gained prominence for igniting the San Francisco Bay Area Hyphy Movement. With burgeoning national interest in Bay Area hip-hop around 2006, F.A.B. became the subject of a major-label bidding war, signing with Atlantic Records that September, under subsidiary, Thizz Entertainment. Howbeit F.A.B., who had deep independent ties with the music business in North Oakland, decided to forgo his major label deal and ventured out to launch his on imprint Faeva Afta Music in 2008.
F.A.B. is known as one of the most prominent and colorful figures of the San Francisco Bay Area since the late 2000s--sometimes hailed as the scene's "Crown Prince". He quickly become a central figure of the hyphy movement, a musical and cultural offshoot of Hip-Hop from the Bay area that carries a bass-heavy beat, blaring synthesizers and emphasizes having fun. When F.A.B. boasted of doing "the dummy retarded" in "Super Sic Wit It," he was describing an emerging aesthetic and philosophical ideal evolving within the Rap culture at the time."
F.A.B. garnered worldwide recognition on other fronts as well particularly as a battle rapper." F.A.B. defeated many MCs in the niche genre, including Clyde Carson of The Team, Jin of Ruff Ryders and Royce Da 5'9 of Slaughterhouse. In October 2011, Mistah F.A.B. was featured in a mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars by Jump Shot Media. In 2015, F.A.B reemerged in the competitive battle rap circuit and went up against Arsonal Da Rebel in the Battle of the Bay 7.
F.A.B. is an accredited multi-platinum songwriter and record producer, who has collaborated with major acts such as Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, E-40, B.o.B, Chris Brown, and Eric Bellinger. He co-wrote and published record charting platinum lead single Headband, off of B.o.B third album Underground Luxury, released in December 2013. F.A.B. went on to co-write, Loyal by Chris Brown, and the single was rewarded 'Best Hip Hop Song of the Year" by the 2014 Soul Train Awards.
F.A.B.'s community activism and philanthropic efforts, have been highly visible throughout the years. Most notably, he hosts and organizes annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, backpack and school supply drives, holiday toys event and various charitable events benefiting Cancer and Domestic Violence. In August 2013, Mistah F.A.B. was named one of "10 Great Rappers With Great Charities" by Green Label a Mountain Dew Venture. In 2014, Mistah F.A.B. was recognized by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who declared Saturday, February 8, 2014 "Stanley Cox aka Mistah F.A.B. Day" in recognition of the multi-talented hometown hero's efforts to give back to the community.
I'm so proud to be from Oakland, and I think it's important for those of us who have been successful to come back and help to uplift the community.
1982-2000: Early life and career beginnings:
Stanley Petey Cox was born on January 23, 1982 in Oakland, California, the son of Stanley Cox, Sr. and Desrie Jeffery. He was raised by his mother and grandparents. F.A.B.'s father was incarcerated for much of his childhood and died of AIDS-related complications when he was twelve years old. He attended Oakland Technical High School and transferred to Emery High School where he later graduated. As a teenager, F.A.B. was also an avid basketball player and point guard of his High School team, but after receiving an injury on the court he was forced to quit. Thereafter, he began to take rap seriously, and entered local freestyle battle competitions.
Mistah F.A.B., began his musical rise in Oakland, CA, as a young artist signed to Straight Hits Entertainment, where he dropped his debut album, Nig-Latin in 2003. Although this album garnered some success and recognition, F.A.B.'s recognition came from his skills as a battle rapper. F.A.B. won battles against the likes of Clyde Carson from The Team and Royce Da 5'9. His signature mark is an uncanny ability to freestyle for long stretches of time, and instantaneously rhythm about any subject at anytime. His popularity lead to F.A.B. getting signed to Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment in 2004. Under Thizz ENT, F.A.B. blossomed as a front runner in the Bay Area's Hyphy movement. With songs like "Super Sic Wit It," "N.E.W. Oakland," and "Kicked Out The Club," F.A.B.'s Son of a Pimp album was an instant success around the Bay Area, with featured collaborations Dre, E-40, Turf Talk, and G-Stack of Oakland heroes the Delinquents--as well as Kanye West.
However, a series of obstacles staggered F.A.B.'s 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 -- a 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) and Columbia Pictures' threatened legal action over the use of the Ghostbusters logo in the video (the track samples the movie's theme song). This caused the video to be first heavily censored and then pulled from television altogether."
Da Yellow Bus Rydah, F.A.B.'s debut studio album for Atlantic, originally scheduled for spring of 2007, was delayed by over two years (and most recently slated for a 2009 release under the revised title The Bus Ride). However, thanks to an unusually liberal contract, he was able to keep busy with work on independent labels, instead releasing a Thizz full-length album, Da Baydestrian, in May 2007, and continuing his steady stream of mixtapes and album-length collaborations with G-Stack, Turf Talk, the Alchemist, and Glasses Malone through 2015 (including Hyphy Ain't Dead, a collaboration with Turf Talk)."
In October 2011, Mistah F.A.B. was featured in a mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars by Jump Shot Media.
In 2014, F.A.B co-wrote and published two record charting platinum lead singles Headband, off of B.o.B third album Underground Luxury,and Loyal by Chris Brown.
In 2015, F.A.B reemerged in the competitive freestyle circuit in a lyrical exchange with Arsonal at the Battle of the Bay 7
Personally, I am going to say how I feel and exhibit that in my music. I'm not afraid to lose. I can take a chance and start again if I have to. I will give it my all because I'm not afraid to go to zero.