Whilst those at one end of the music industry, the moneyed end, are able to build a reputation from the tease and anticipation that comes with having a label budget to play the PR game, Fabpz the Freelancer takes a much more DIY approach. He keeps his name on peoples lips through a relentless release schedule with albums seeming being fired off into the public conscious every few months. And this, almost punk approach, seems to pervade the way he puts the music together as well.

He takes hip-hop beats, slices them up and re-arranges them, blends strange, glitchy electronica around warped reggae grooves, takes alternative pop hooks and sets them in an underground urban setting and then raps and recites, flits and flows over the top. Songs such as Going Nutz is a strange distorted salvo, Throw Stones and MP3’s an odd mix of post-punk experimentalism and back street rap and West is on Fire is a poignant comment on the state of the world.

Many rappers claim to be moving things forward when really they stay within the comfort zones and follow fad and fashion to get people to like them. Fabpz is braver than that. Instead he really is pushing the boundaries and hopping genres at will. And whilst he might not get the recognition for really changing the sound of the scene, innovators rarely do, he is sure to be one of those people that gets referenced by future movers and shakers as having laid a template for real chance.

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  1. […] If hip-hop and rap, and the myriad cross-pollination and hybrids that they spawned, were all about pushing boundaries and creating new musical worlds, it is now left to those in the underground and skirting the peripheries of those forms to be left holding the torch. As this once revolutionary genre settled in to a safe, central sonic space bowing down to fashion driven templates and playing corporate money games, it is to the fringes you have to look to find the next wave of subversives. Subversives such as Fabpz The Freelancer. […]

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