“If the opposition’s deadly, I ride because they couldn’t.”

— FDAmusic

Fadi Abouabsi – aka FDAmusic –born is an emerging Arabic hip-hop artist hailing from Houston, Texas. He, along with his partner B-Luce, founded their own Independent label Overgrind Records at the tender age of eighteen; together, FDAmusic and B-Luce dropped over six releases and generated a ton of interest. FDA took things to the next level, though, after his hit single Trap House generated over 500,000 hits via YouTube. His solo album, “Made It,” sold over 5,000 hard copies and 20,000 digital copies online. Not bad, right?

Fresh off of the release of his solo album Fame, I had the pleasure of taking in his newest EP, Keep It 1000. It’s a solid collection of tracks, with heavy hitting trap production and features from the likes of “Mr. Never Tired” himself, Kevin Gates, on I Know It, and Billboard top 100 artist – and 2013 XXL Freshman – Kirko Bangz, on the “steal your girl” anthem, All Into Her. The EP is a poignant message to rappers who talk a good game, but are ultimately unable to live up to the opulence and street life they preach. He also spends a great deal of time highlighting his hustle, on tracks such as Grind and No Time, where he drops bars like: “no time to turn up, this hustle isn’t a side grind.” While you’re out partying, FDA is putting in work. That`s probably why his social networks are revving and buzzing like chainsaws.

Indeed, he’s focused, primed, and taking no prisoners. The name of the project alone, suggests that he’s curbing the supposed authenticity of his peers, which seems to suit him just fine. The trust issues he discusses at various points throughout the project are likely due to the industry’s obsession with keeping it “100” for the gram. With a solo-dolo work ethic, crisp accompanying visuals and features definitely beyond the budget of your favourite neighbourhood rapper, FDA’s stroll to the to the top of the pack looks leisurely.