"We're just getting the treatment," he said. "I might do a sneaky remix. That's what I was holding back on it for. I was talking to one of my friends … and trying to make a remix happen. But [even if] I don't get that to happen, I'm definitely going to have the remix on the burner."
"The Rihanna joint, some soundtrack was hollering about it," he said. "I don't know if I needed another pop look now, but sometimes things happen. It might still happen. I definitely wanted another street look, so I'm definitely doing 'Gangsta Don't Play.' And I'm looking to do something for either 'Joke's on You' or the 'I'm the Man' joint with Red Cafe. And I might even do something for Internet too, the crew joint ['This Is Family']. But I heard Ransom and Budden had a little thing, so I don't know if that's gonna work."
Fab, of course, is referring to the online back-and-forth between Budden and his longtime friend/ rhyme accomplice Ransom, who have been dissing each other in various freestyles.
"That was crazy," he smiled. "I love both of them lyrically. I never saw it coming. They're even a little closer [to each other] than I am to both of them. It's just shaky with rap. People wake up a different rapper sometimes. One day they wake up this way, and one day they wake up a different way. At the end of the day, they're grown men. Hopefully they can work it out or rap it out and don't clap it out. I was in Europe, and I been checking out all the hip-hop sites. I think Joe threw two [freestyles] out, and Ransom threw like four out. Hopefully we sideswiped that."
Fab says if he does do a video for "This Is Family," his friends will have to make amends — at least partially.
"Somebody told me to do their parts [of the video] in two different locations," he explained. "Or shoot them at two different times. But I don't even want that energy. If they don't wanna do it, then I won't do it. Next thing you know, somebody will be coming at me: 'You ain't tell me that you was gonna put me in. I don't wanna be on a song.' But it's rap. Both of their [freestyles] are pretty good. It's entertaining. It's funny to see people who came in together going at each other."
Budden says he's willing to put the beef behind him for business. "I'll do the video," Budden told us last week. "I mean, what's gonna happen, right? Somebody gets shot? None of that is gonna happen. I mean, I ain't shaking [Ransom's] hand, but I'll do the video."
Fab just got back home from Europe, where he was on tour with 50 Cent.
"I was over there for promos, and the opportunity came to do the shows with 50, which was good because that was a promo thing for me even though they was paid shows," he said. "50 is a big international artist. That let me tap into 50's market. A lot of dudes — even the dudes that are big over here — you wonder how people over there don't know who they are. Some of the biggest names in the States are small fries over there. Even myself. I've had some songs they know, but even songs that are my general hits over here, they might not be too familiar with them. I guess they know certain artists or bigger artists … like your 50s, Justin Timberlake, Eminem. But certain people they don't know. You can have a big record over here, they don't know. They don't know who Hurricane Chris is; they think that's really a hurricane."
Whirlwind 50 says he's indeed enjoying his time away from home.
"The show's incredible," 50 said about the tour. "I don't want the next city to think it's the same show, so I change it all the time. Between material from Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre — that was technically a double-CD with 21 cuts — and Curtis, I have plenty of material. Also I have things in between like [G-Unit's] Beg for Mercy and [Young Buck's] Straight Outta Cashville. I've got a lot of songs that I can bring to the stage."