Mistah F.A.B. Vows Comeback After Arsonist Destroys His Clothing Store
The popular rapper owns a North Oakland clothing store called Dope Era, which has been a staple of the local community and has even earned F.A.B. honors from City Council and the Mayor.
Early yesterday morning (April 20), a neighboring business called F.A.B.’s sister around 2:30 AM to report the store had gone up in flames.
When firefighters arrived, the blaze had been put out.
But the San Francisco Gate reports that firefighters smelled a strong odor of gasoline area, and eventually found a discarded gas can near the fire scene.
Mistah F.A.B. blasted the coward who set his store on fire since there are 11 children who live in the apartments above Dope Era.
“I really didn’t even care too much about the shop, it was, ‘Is the children upstairs OK? Did the smoke get in their room?’” Mistah F.A.B told the San Francisco Gate. “If a person had a dispute with me, don’t take your anger out on the shop and risk the lives of kids.”
Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. says arson damaged his store
A North Oakland clothing store owned by local rapper Mistah F.A.B. was damaged in a fire early Thursday in what the artist said was an act of arson. Mistah F.A.B., whose real name is Stanley Cox, said in a video posted to Instagram that the perpetrators were “hateful” and “inconsiderate” of the 11 children who live in the apartments above his clothing store, Dope Era. A grocer who owns a market across the street from Dope Era called Cox’s sister, Theresa Anderson, between 2 and 2:30 a.m., telling her that the store was on fire. Anderson, who lives three doors down from Dope Era, arrived to find that firefighters had put out most of the blaze. If a person had a dispute with me, don’t take your anger out on the shop and risk the lives of kids. Maybe somebody doesn’t want an African American from the hood to do well here, she said, citing recent tensions with neighbors and police. Councilman Dan Kalb said in a proclamation that the “internationally revered rap musician,” who spearheaded the hyphy movement, worked to “promote peace, education and community” through his various philanthropic causes, including a school supplies giveaway and toy drive.
Mistah F.A.B.’s sister could not think of any enemies that would have the motivation to commit such a brazen act.
But she pointed to racially motivated hate as a possible reason for the crime.
“We don’t know who did it or what was their motivation to burn the store down. Maybe somebody doesn’t want an African-American from the hood to do well here,” Mistah F.A.B.’s sister said.
According to Mistah F.A.B, the damage to the store will cost about $5,000.https://www.instagram.com/p/BTHPVLfAlzQ/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BTIJhLygsj9/