Fabolous stopped by the Rucker Park last night to check out the final game of the summer at the EBC and support Reebok with the release of the Allen Iverson signature shoe the Question Mid #1 Draft Pick.
Before Fab got a chance to check out the Breakout Camp kids of this season, he gave of us a few minutes of his time to speak about the Reebok Question, his favorite on court moment of AI, updates on Loso’s 2 and his thoughts on Kendrick’s “Control” verse. Could we possibly hear a response from Fab on his own time? Check out the interview below.
Tell me about the importance of the EBC here at the Rucker?
It’s a legendary street tournament that’s groomed a lot of players. Even NBA stars that you see today, they had to come here and prove themselves on this level of basketball, so it’s always going to be legendary on our street turf of basketball tournaments.
Your known to have some skills on the court, could we possibly see you play ball at the Rucker in the near future?
I don’t know man, am like Iverson now. I retired my skills on the court, but I still step out here and there. Sometimes it’s a good work out, but I don’t know if am ready for the Rucker fields yet, I’ll keep you posted if I feel it, and when I feel like it, maybe I might get out there!
We here in support of the Reebok Question Mid #1 Draft Pick, were you a fan of AI’s Question sneaker growing up?
Oh, definitely man, I was always one of those guys to make that connection as far as the streetwear and what was going on with sneakers, and making that connection with the hood as well. At that time I was still in the hood, and AI’s impact to the league and to the sneaker game was so big. I was always a fan of the shoe, and even his commercials, they were epic. I remember the commercial where he introduced that crossover where he spun around. Am still puzzled about that crossover move [Laughs], but that was a crazy concept for a commercial, and that’s always going to be a highlight in the back of my head.
What was you favorite on the court highlight of Allen Iverson?
I have to say it’s the Jordan crossover, that was crazy! And the step over Tyronn Lue of the Lakers, that was kind of crazy too. For AI to hit the three in the corner and step over him, and look down at him, you know he had to have that swagger about him. He was trying to single handily beat the Lakers that series, and even though they fell short, you always knew that AI played with his heart, and with that energy every time he went out on the court.
You have the streets waiting on Loso’s Way 2, can you give us an update on the much anticipated album?
Yeah man, am tightening it up. I was almost at a final pivotal point of the project in trying to wrap it up, but I bumped into my guy Ryan Leslie, who wasn’t on the project yet, so now we getting in the studio and coming with some stuff. I think everybody knows the chemistry that we have, and the kind of music he makes with that organic New York feel to it, so I really wanted him to be a part of this project. Also Pharrell, he’s got a new hunger again for hip-hop, so he came to me and said ‘yo we gotta get in again,’ so am gonna go check him out as well, and lock it down, and get this project out to the fans.
So I have to ask you, a lot of people are expecting you to respond to Kendrick’s controversial verse on ‘Control,’ will we hear something from you in regards to this matter?
That’s a hot topic on the market, and when I first heard I was gong to address it on the surface of what it was, somebody from out of New York claiming they the “King of New York,” but I took my time and I spoke with some OG’s, I researched it a little bit and got some more history behind it. Also, how everybody jumped into it for an intention play would change the situation as well, so a lot of guys stepped in and said their peace, but you also saw a lot of guys who were mentioned on the song, or who you would expect to have responses to the song, really didn’t take that approach, but am gonna tell you one thing that an OG told me, he said “if you do respond, make it work for you, make it come on your time, and not just like you trying to feed the twitter fans with a freestyle.” So I got that in the back of mind, so you might hear something eventually…