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Fatz Da Big Fella records Kid Cudi diss record, defends the DMV

October 6, 2010 - 03:00 PM
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Fatz da Big Fella puts on for his city with Cudi diss. (photo courtesy of the artist)

As previously reported, way back in September, rapper Kid Cudi, of "Day'n'Nite" fame, went off on D.C.-bred rapper Wale in a Complex magazine interview, calling him, among other things, a "simple ass rapper."

Many D.C. rap fans were angered by the remarks, and some even threatened to attack Cudi at a recent show at George Mason University. But rapper Fatz da Big Fella decided that, rather than fighting Cudi, he'd just unleash some fighting words: He recently released a Kid Cudi diss track, "Am I My Brother's Keeper." The rapper says recording it was less about defending Wale, and more about making sure people didn't think they could disrespect an artist from this area without facing retaliation.

"There wasn't anything personally with me against [Cudi], but somebody had to take a stand," he says. "I wanted to show that we support each other here. Everybody knows he dissed Wale. We can say anything we want about our own, but we're not gonna let anyone from out of town talk about our own. I'm from D.C., and was raised by people in the penitentiary, and their motto was, 'I might not like you on the street, but in jail, we protect our own.'"

Big Fella says what really concerned him about the whole Wale/Cudi thing was that the lack of response from D.C. rappers made the city look bad. "It wasn't so much [Cudi's] diss, it was the comments," he says. "I was reading the blogs, and saw comments like, 'I knew D.C. was soft,' and things of that nature."

He believes he is the first rapper to respond to Cudi because others are likely afraid. "Some people have fear, I don’t have fear," he says. "You talk about one of ours, I'll talk about you. I stand up for my city. I don't care about consequences, I'm a man."

Big Fella thinks fear is dying down, though. This weekend, he shot a video for the track, and many area rappers showed up, he says. "A lot of different artists came to the video shoot, or hit me and said, 'That's what's up.' A lot of people wanted to do it, but there's fear.

"But I don't feel I need Cudi or Kanye, this isn't the time when you have to have a Kanye track to sell," he says, mentioning Kanye West because Cudi claimed to be speaking on behalf of  West when attacking Wale in print. "I can get a Soulja Boy track and sell—this isn't 2000, 2001 where you gotta have a Kanye West or a Pharell to produce your single."

The video for "Am I My Brother's Keeper" should drop before week's end, Big Fella says, and he's preparing himself for a response from Cudi, or one of his affiliates, or maybe just someone from Cudi's hometown of Cleveland.

"I know somebody from his town or camp is gonna respond, and I’ll respond again," Da Big Fella says. "That was just sparring practice, really," he says of the first track. "I'm ready."

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