MC FÜBB - Artist Bio
MC FÜBB (pronounced “emcee foob”) is a Toronto born hip hop MC. Having written his first poem at the age of 9 (and hundreds more since then), MC FÜBB demonstrated a natural talent for writing at a very young age. As he grew up and began listening to hip hop music, FÜBB’s poetry writing evolved into writing rhymes and he began rapping at the age of 15. Being introduced to hip hop by his oldest brother (whose tastes in hip hop music ranged from KRS-ONE to OutKast to Wu-Tang, just to name a few), MC FÜBB was inspired and spent much of his time educating himself about hip hop and the art of emceeing, subsequently falling in love with hip hop as an idea, a culture, an art-form, and a mode of self-expression.
Since embarking on his journey into the world of hip hop, MC FÜBB has gone through tremendous transformations as an artist and an individual, which are reflected in the lyrical content of his music. He raps for the love of hip-hop, for creative self-expression, and most of all to carry a conscious-minded, (overall) positive message to those who take the time to listen. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in both psychology and philosophy. While at U of T, he became president of a student run organization called “Hip Hop Headz” which was dedicated to the expression and proliferation of hip hop culture on the university campus. MC FÜBB has chosen to put his degree on the shelf, taking what he’s learned from his years in academia, and pursue his passions via his career as a professional hip hop artist. He hopes to create a positive difference in the world through his music – one listener at a time.
Past performances include sharing the stage with GZA and Masta Killa (of the Wu-Tang Clan), Jeru the Damaja (Gang Starr Foundation), Stalley (MMG), J-Live (Triple Threat Productions), Frank Nitt (of Frank ‘N Dank) and Illa J (brother of the late great J Dilla), dozens of open mics around the city of Toronto, professional hiring for private functions such as weddings and parties, and various other shows, many of which he organizes and promotes himself. In an effort to bridge the gap between the origins of hip hop music and its current manifestations while also pushing the boundaries of hip hop as an art-form, FÜBB has begun to perform with the Metro Big Band (http://www.metrobigband.com). While he is committed to his own career as a hip hop artist, MC FÜBB is also devoted to hip hop culture and music itself, seeking to contribute to the hip hop community whenever and wherever possible. A recent development on this front has been his founding and formation of the Hip Hop Headz (H3) community (borrowing the name from the university organization that he was once a part of and has since been dissolved), whose mandate is to engage in the “manifestation of hip hop in all of its various forms” (www.theh3.com). With the aid of H3, MC FÜBB has also recently begun organizing and hosting an event called “The Cypher” in the core of downtown Toronto at which hip hop MCs/rappers from all over the city are invited to come out, pass around a microphone, and showcase their talents and skills (http://www.thecypher.ca).
MC FÜBB’s debut release, the EP Foundations, in which FÜBB pushes the boundaries of conventional hip hop through the use of a live band and various styles of rapping, is now available for purchase globally. He released his second project, the Blue Collar Worker mixtape, which is comprised of dubs over instrumentals by famous producers such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and J Dilla, in May 2010 and is available for free download at mcfubb.com. In April of 2011, FÜBB released his second official album, a collaborative project with producer Noyz, entitled: In the Face of No Agremeent (ITFONA). He is currently completing work on his next project, the poet EP. For more information and links to music, please visit www.mcfubb.com.
DJ Xplisit - Turntables
Foundations (EP) - 2009 (http://mcfubb.bandcamp.com/album/foundations)
Blue Collar Worker (Mixtape) - 2010
In the Face of No Agreement (LP) - 2011
"Feet Don't Fail" (Single + Video) - 2011
"Quality Control" (Single + Video) - 2011
"60 Bars" (Single + Video) - 2012
Piece of Mind
MC FÜBB - Feet Don't Fail.MP3
MC FÜBB - From Where I Came.MP3
MC FÜBB - In the Face of No Agreement (ITFONA) feat. Mike Devine.MP3
MC FÜBB - Dream feat. Fenaxiz.MP3
MC FÜBB - When You've Seen Hell.MP3
MC FÜBB - 60 Bars (You Ain't Hip Hop).MP3
Life is a Blessing
Breaking the Silence
That's What She Said (Single)
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There's a real sense of passion and commitment to the cause when you listen to MC FÜBB's contributio...There's a real sense of passion and commitment to the cause when you listen to MC FÜBB's contributions to the Hip-Hop world. In his latest single, 'That's What She Said' (featuring NewBreed MC), he addresses the issues of self-motivation, staying true to himself, and having to battle with all the people who doubt him on the path to following his dreams.
These are issues that many of us can relate to in our chosen professions (particularly myself, being a fellow writer), but it is FÜBB's confident leadership in doing what he was seemingly born to do that really shines through in his delivery here.
Not forgetting his rhyming partner, NewBeedMC (who's upcoming EP, The Fresh Water Playlist, will feature this single), the bars come smooth and hard-hitting in their carrying of a conscious-minded theme ("I expect nothin' from fame, nothin' from wealth/ I expect nothin' expect what I expect of myself/ I demand more/ And won't stop till I get it.")
The indubitable belief that both artists seem to have in their creative talents is only made clearer with a memorable hook and the involving production courtesy of NTG Fresh Water Monster. What's more, none of it sounds at all pretentious.
MC FÜBB, In the Face of No Agreement, Music Review (****1/2 out of *****)
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MC FÜBB (pronounced "Emcee FOOB") belongs to a countless number of independent artists wanting the w...MC FÜBB (pronounced "Emcee FOOB") belongs to a countless number of independent artists wanting the world to pay attention to their creative talents. Based in Toronto, he developed a passion for writing poetry and lyrics at an early age, though only recently after majoring in both psychology and philosophy at University, did he decide to commit fully to pursuing his ambitions as a Hip-Hop artist.
This isn't about FÜBB becoming a slave to a false dream, however, as the evidence of his first, full-length LP, In The Face Of No Agreement demonstrates. Here be a hungry, intelligent and creatively-gifted man, whose album thrives on the strength of his beat riding, confident vocal tone and range of subject matter, all of which become a warming familiarity early on.
'In the Face of No Agreement (ITFONA)' is the perfect opener in the sense that it defines the emcee's ambitions and willingness to move forward ("Living life without a second to waste/ Spent enough years living in place/ These dreams I gotta chase/ Consequences I face.") The catchy, exceptionally-produced lead single, 'Feet Don't Fail', soon follows on, and may well be the stand out track for most listeners on the album, but it is FÜBB's fondness and enthusiasm for his own words that adds great weight to every beat, and really makes us want to listen to every track in detail from thereon (("No I'm not just another / I'm not the other / And neither are you / No matter what they told you" ('Another Rapper')).
Indeed, ITFONA has a lot to offer. Whether it be FÜBB telling personal stories about his upbringing ('From Where I Came'), spitting inspiration to others ('Dream'), or proving he can hold his own at battle rhymes without resorting to cheap profanity ('60 Bars (You Ain't Hip Hop) '), the emcee is keen to develop a serious reputation one listener at a time.
Personal favourite include 'Mah' and 'Forever Love'. Having lost my own Mother a few years ago, I can relate a lot to FUBB's personal homage in the first song, but it is the way he delivers this message so passionately, without ever sounding corny or cliché, that I find particularly captivating ("I know it don't seem fair/ Your condition is rare/ Try to identify/ Not to compare.") The same can be said of the second of the more "slower" tracks on the album, which stresses strong affection and personal attachment for another ("Looking for someone I can forever love/ 'Cause all this superficial romance just ain't enough"), whilst still maintaining its lyrical prowess ("Sometimes relationships get ill/ And people start trippin', rippin' on each other"), with the help of guest vocalist Latté D. Kyd.
Not forgetting the impressive beat making courtesy of producer Noyz, ITFONA is an entertaining listen as well as an in-depth one. Signified by hard bass drums and snapping snares, the beats manage to elevate FÜBB and his lyrical abilities to a whole other level, and will ultimately get heads nodding and taking note of these up-and-coming talents in their ongoing struggle to be heard.
You can't buy passion, or self discipline for that matter; both come naturally, with practice and persistently pursuing of one's goals. It's evident that a hell of a lot of work as gone into this record from both FÜBB and Noyz, and as a result it's definitely not lacking in good quality Hip-Hop. The main problem that they, and most independent artists, have is actually getting the work out there so that people can hear it.
Such is why, as a converted fan, I urge people to support independent Hip-Hop by downloading, listening and passing on this record. In The Face Of No Agreement may not get the respect it deserves in the mainstream sense, but it is still a very accomplished work of art. Believe that.
MC FÜBB, ‘Feel Don’t Fail’ (Single) Music Review
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It's not a myth that the best artists are the ones from the underground. When wack cats are the ones...It's not a myth that the best artists are the ones from the underground. When wack cats are the ones often getting airplay, it's the real yet-to-be-discovered talents hustling their music on the streets, willing to live on scraps, praying that one day they'll get the recognition they feel that they deserve for something they really enjoy doing.
Like Adam Bomb, who I discovered recently, MC FÜBB is a Toronto-based emcee who demonstrates a natural talent for creative self-expression and making good quality music. 'Feet Don't Fail' is a near-four-minute declaration of FÜBB's determination to move forward with his love for Hip-Hop music and the culture as a whole ("I've come too far not to backtrack/ now I'm praying that my feet don't fail me/ I'ma stay driven and live out my vision.")
This isn't just a case of an artist saying he's involved with Hip-Hop 'cause that's the in-thing, though, as MC FÜBB intention is to prove that he's anything but a gimmick in the game for a quick couple of bucks. Accompanied by some incredibly addictive production courtesy of Noyz, his unrelenting flow and uplifting punch lines entertain as well as educate, making 'Feet Don't Fail' a real laid-back banger that, in truth, sells the artist very well indeed.
MC FÜBB - In the Face of No Agreement
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Can you remember the last time you switched on your local radio station and listened to the newest h...Can you remember the last time you switched on your local radio station and listened to the newest hip hop tunes that weren’t about chicks and bling? We’ve forgotten the true face of hip hop and why it had or still has any sort of cultural significance. From our very own streets of downtown Toronto, the MC who started The Cypher and one of Toronto’s newest, but rapidly growing non-profit organizations Peace Quest, brings you the album; In the Face of No Agreement.
This album is a fresh new memory of the hip hop that has been lost in the industries’ new era. We saw MC FÜBB digging out the heart of hip hop in his first album; Foundations. Only this time around he is taking it to the next level. The importance of this forgotten culture is brought back through the banging beats heard in songs like 60 Bars (You Ain’t Hip Hop) where it starts off touching up on this very issue, “I’m about sick of all these half ass rappers, you know what I mean?” FÜBB knows exactly what has been missing from the hip hop industry in the past decade and knows how the culture is crawling through to shine. This album isn’t just a collection of songs to all the listeners, but is a manifesto that belongs to the “rappers, DJ’s and breakers, graph artists, MC’s and beat makers.”
The tunes that we hear are not just repetitive beats that we’ve heard numerous times on hundreds of different hip hop albums. This album is filled with a variety of different sounds that incorporate some jazz tunes, electronic, and poetry. It has tightly packed a wide range of sounds, issues, and ideas. It’s not just about the culture of hip hop, but is also about determination and dedication. This theme is prevalent in many of his songs such as Feet Don’t Fail.
In the Face of No Agreement is not just another album by another rapper, but is a carefully crafted album by an MC, “a master of ceremonies, microphone controller, masterfully crafted, magnificently captured, monumental creations, and mental commander.”
“The real hip hop community give love to me, that’s why I got to love back”
[New Mixtape] MC FÜBB - Blue Collar Worker
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Yo this mixtape is ridiculous! Welcome back to real hip hop. I love when hip hop sounds come from...Yo this mixtape is ridiculous!
Welcome back to real hip hop. I love when hip hop sounds come from the soul. Fubb is saying what a lot of ya'll so-called emcees should be saying on the Mic.
The man is serious and if you are about hip hop you need to have this mixtape. Seriously crazy tracks include Six Million, Blue Collar Dedication, 2000-Zen, Blue Collar Worker and Straight Talk.
So what you waiting for. Get it now!
[New Single] MC FÜBB - Feet Don't Fail
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Check out this new heatery from MC FUBB. This guy is very promising in the hip hop game. He's unique...Check out this new heatery from MC FUBB. This guy is very promising in the hip hop game. He's unique, he hustles hard and he's a pro at it! Check out his new single Feet Don't Fail Me.
[Tough Tune Thursdays] MC FÜBB - Feet Don't Fail Me (Official Video)
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Emcee Fubb is reliable for hitting you with a dosage of true school hip hop. In a time, when skinny ...Emcee Fubb is reliable for hitting you with a dosage of true school hip hop. In a time, when skinny jeans and fat egos abound Fubb takes you back to the essence of this art we love so dearly. This got soul
Video: MC FÜBB – Feet Don’t Fail
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Toronto emcee and organizer of the monthly The Cypher event MC FÜBB hits us with his first video, fo...Toronto emcee and organizer of the monthly The Cypher event MC FÜBB hits us with his first video, for Feet Don’t Fail. It’s a single off his upcoming album, In The Face Of No Agreement (ITFONA). The track is produced by Noyz and the video’s directed by Rusholme Productions. FÜBB definitely goes in with some heavy lyrics and a tight delivery.
MC FÜBB - Interview on "Liquid Lunch" with Hugh Reilly and Stella Hunt
Start watching at 1:26:15.
MC FÜBB - Interview on CBC Radio 1 (Here and Now)
Reminisce. Live. Dream. ("Forever Love" in Toronto music podcast)
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"I came across MC Fübb through his involvement with The Cypher. It's the mature and thoughtful voice..."I came across MC Fübb through his involvement with The Cypher. It's the mature and thoughtful voice of a community organizer that we find on this track."
Talk Toronto 211 - SEASON FINALE: "For Supremacy" - 6/11/11
Start at 4:55.
A new kind of old school - University of Toronto’s Hip Hop Headz still holding it down after four years
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Hip-hop is an often misunderstood cultural phenomenon. Much of what we know about it is an incomplet...Hip-hop is an often misunderstood cultural phenomenon. Much of what we know about it is an incomplete picture strung together from two-second break-dancing clips on Coca Cola commercials, or the watered-down MC battles on 106 and Park or Much Music. But these two-dimensional images are only half-truths, catering to a society obsessed with its exotic elements like a kind of ghetto Orientalism to borrow a word from Edward Said.
But hip-hop was not meant to be commoditised so it could be bought and sold in pieces—it’s for everyone to be able to experience freely, as a whole.
“I think a lot of people have this conception of hip hop that is completely skewed by what they see on TV,” says Daniel Farb, President of U of T’s Hip Hop Headz, a studentrun organization promoting aspects of the culture often unnoticed by mainstream audiences. “They think it’s all about guns, ho’s, cars, and gang wars, which usually prejudices them against it. But in reality hiphop really has nothing to do with any of these things, and is really the antithesis to all of that.”
So what is hip-hop?
“At its essence it’s an art form, a mode of expression for people who didn’t necessarily have a voice before,” Farb continues, “Basically it can be broken down into four main elements: emceeing or rapping, DJing, graffiti, and b-boying or break-dancing.” Farb, himself a local rapper under the name MC FUBB (pronounced foo-ob), is a strong proponent of all fi ve elements. His organization is heavily involved in promoting the culture and generally educating casual students about its merits. “Basically when the organization started there wasn’t a huge hip-hop presence on campus,” Farb recalls, “There wasn’t a cohesive community promoting hip hop culture, just a bunch of individual ‘Headz’ representing, which is how we got our name in the first place, because we were trying to bring together like-minded individuals.”
But what exactly is a Hip Hop Head?
“A Hip Hop Head is anyone who has their mind on hip hop,” says fellow Head and self proclaimed “hype man” Kaveesh Dissanayaka,
“You don’t necessarily have to be someone in the music industry, you don’t even have to be a DJ or MC, basically if you support hiphop and it’s something that’s part of your life then you’re a Hip Hop Head in some way.”
Hip Hop Headz is one of the 73 campus groups recognized by the Student Affairs Offi ce. The organization is in its fourth year of existence, but has faced signifi cant turnover the past year with the graduation of its former execs. Throughout all these changes, however, their goals and objectives remain the same: to provide a venue within U of T for anyone interested in experiencing the rich and diverse culture that hip hop has to offer. This can sometimes be a dicey proposition on a campus that would much rather “rock out” than top-rock (a form of dance), but in a city as multicultural as Toronto, the group will always have a place in the grander scheme of things.
They were front and centre at this year’s Frosh Week festivities, where they entertained and enticed curious onlookers with music and free pizza. Despite their small numbers and limited financial resources, the group is usually able to generate a lot of positive interest by throwing events such as last year’s Open Mike Night at the Cat’s Eye in Victoria College. It was an event designed to give exposure to up-and-coming rappers and spoken word artists from around the city, and received a very good response from attendees for its relaxed atmosphere, intimate setting, and the talent of some of the artists who performed. Other elements of hip-hop, such as DJ showcases, figure prominently into this year’s schedule, with a Halloween Jam taking place on October 27 at Tangerine Lounge.
First-timers will tell you that these events are very little like what you’d expect from a hip hop event. As Daniel Farb says: “If you go to a hip-hop concert you’re going to see all sorts of different people, different races and creeds, especially in the Toronto scene. It’s very inclusive, and this is the kind of message we want to promote.”
As a grassroots hip-hop organization, Hip Hop Headz could not be further removed from the stock gangster-rapper characters we see in movies and magazines. They are part of a new wave of conscious hip hop, and view themselves as a complex cultural movement rather than just a phase or trend, Farb says.
“There’s more creative power in hip-hop than just in the music, within the culture it can create change as well, positive changes outside in the real world. And that’s part of what we’re trying to perpetuate in Hip Hop Headz... a positive change, so that we can advance the culture. Maybe on the U of T campus there’s not a lot of people who are really into hip-hop. But of those people that are, we want there to be some kind of organization that they can get involved with and express themselves.”
Headz over Heels for Hip Hop - Student club Hip Hop Headz is devoted to all aspects of hip hop culture
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It might not seem like University of Toronto students would need a club to appreciate hip hop: rap m...It might not seem like University of Toronto students would need a club to appreciate hip hop: rap music is comfortably mainstream, in heavy rotation on the radio and selling out stadium concerts. The members of Hip Hop Headz, the U of T club devoted to all aspects of hip hop culture, beg to differ.
“In the mainstream media, you might hear about gangsta rap and a lot of materialist notions,” says Daniel Farb, president of Hip Hop Headz – or H3 as they’re often known – and who raps under the stage name MC FÜBB. “That’s fine, but we’re not advocating just that. We’re advocating the skills and talents involved, whether it’s breakdancing or rapping or DJing or graffiti or beatboxing.”
Farb, who will enter his fourth year in philosophy and psychology in September, says the hip hop scene in Toronto is diffuse and H3 exists to be a central gathering point for U of T students interested in the culture. The group hosts graffiti sessions where painters can show off their technique on boards (not walls, Farb is quick to point out), screens hip hop documentaries, arranges concert trips, occasionally hosts freestyle battles (where rappers compete in front of a crowd to make up the best rhymes on the spot) and has even run breakdancing workshops.
“Hip hop is about self-expression; it’s like any other art form,” says Farb. And while it’s been successfully commercialized around the world, he says most hip hop doesn’t look like what you see on MTV. “A lot of people don’t seem to get that. The majority of what goes on in hip hop is all underground.” Hip Hop Headz lost some momentum in 2008 with the graduation of its founding members, but Farb is actively recruiting student members and has an ambitious agenda for the coming year. Events, which are also open to alumni, will include a concert featuring popular local artists on the St. George campus and a collaboration with Organized Sound, a music group at Uof T Scarborough. (For more info, visit www.hiphopheadz.com.) “That’s what it’s all about,” says Farb, “hip hop heads, getting together.”
1. Feet Don't Fail
2. When You've Seen Hell
3. 60 Bars
4. From Where I Came
5. Another Rapper
7. In the Face of No Agreement
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