From Oaktown in the Biggety Biggety Bay Area, Stanley Petey Cox came up in the late 1990s when Jazzy Jim and Mac Dre put him on some classic San Francisco Hyphy mixtapes, and by the late 2000s he had a name for himself in the underground rap world–alongside guys like Digital Underground (with a young Tupac) and Too $hort. Those who know him, know his name: “Money Is Something to Always Have — Forever After Bread.”
He never became a big label guy, but he did back them: Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, E-40, and B.o.B all collaborated with him, and Chris Brown even won a Soul Train award doing an F.A.B. tune (“Loyal”).
He’s also real hip hop, an activist first and a rapper second, so it’s no surprise that many luminaries stop by on Son of a Pimp Part 2–guys from his own era, like $hort, Raekwon, Bun-B, Slim Thug, and Snoop; guys he inspired like Lupe Fiasco, Paul Wall, Jadakiss, and Tech N9ne, and new hotshots like G-Eazy, Fashawn, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.
It’s great. Seriously. One of the best rap albums of the year so far.
And if you want to hear the mixtape he was working this stuff out on, which came out last year, check this out: