The Brooklyn rapper returned on Friday (August 12) with “1 Thing Freestyle,” a fresh freestyle that samples Amerie’s “1 Thing,” and a new single called “Say Less” featuring French Montana.
The two tracks are the first new releases from Fab since June’s “Down Bad” with Hitmaka. The “Into You” rapper hasn’t dropped a full-length project since 2019’s Summertime Shootout 3, which Funk Flex was clearly aware of when he challenged him to drop some new hits.
“I challenge Fabolous to get me a song by next Thursday in six days,” Flex wrote on Instagram. “Fabolous, do you accept the challenge or not? Fabolous, I’ve been paying attention to you. I see you out here, I hope this doesn’t get you upset, but you been getting $80,000 to $100,000 a show to host. Not even do shows — $80,000 to $100,000 to walk in the building.
“But guess what, Fab, New York City wants to know when you’re gonna drop some music. If anyone knows Fabolous, let him know I challenge him to get me a song by next Thursday. Fabolous, do you accept the challenge or not?”
Fab not only released two new songs but also gave them both the visual treatment with a pair of new music videos. The “Say Less” video follows French and Fab as they partake in some gourmet Asian cuisine alongside a handful of women, while his “1 Thing Freestyle” visual finds the 44-year-old rapper going on a shopping spree. Check out both videos below.
“Juelz Santana, you’ve been home for a few years now,” Flex said at the time on his weekly radio show. “I am tired and I am exhausted, and we want a new Juelz Santana song. Juelz, I give you six days. Get me a new Juelz Santana song. Do you accept the challenge, yes or no?”
He continued: “You sitting on a lot of money. You came home. You created a multi-million dollar business, congratulations. We want the music. If anyone knows Juelz Santana, I challenge him to get me a song by next Thursday. Let me know if you going to accept the challenge, bro.”
The Harlem native replied in a post on IG, accepting the #StudioChallenge alongside his family.
“@funkflex I Accept… I’m In The Studio Now,” Juelz wrote.
Juelz Santana and Fab aren’t the only rappers to be challenged by Funk Flex lately. Earlier in July, the Hot 97 DJ sent Conway The Machine a beat for him to rap on following their social media spat, which was sparked by Conway’s complaint about “gatekeeper” DJs in New York.
The result was “RIP Steve Smith Freestyle,” which found the Griselda rapper addressing his squabble with Flex, among other topics, over Biz Markie’s “Nobody Beats the Biz.”