Shabazz grew up in Detroit with his mother and two brothers, Sammie and Jerry. The oldest, Shabazz was forced at a young age to become the leading male role model he and his brothers never really had. Shabazz found himself with many different roles in the household. Roles that he wasn’t entirely comfortable playing at first. "I had to feel my way through life", he reflects. "But as you know, I grew up and I found my niche, which was music".
Studying at Denby High School, music became Shabazz’s salvation and escape from his problems at home. It was his way of venting. "It gave me an outlet", he said. "Because without that, I would have been out on the streets hustling, and doing what I needed to do in order to survive".
Widely recognized as a core-member of the Detroit hip hop collective Fat Killahz (formed in 2001), Fatt Father has built a strong fan base via his work with the group, coupled with his own array of mixtapes and street projects ranging from the classic Tales Of The Childless Father to Father's Day on to the well-crafted You Are The Father and Fatherly Advice; all of which garnered Fatt Father a lot of support and praise within the underground hip hop community.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?, Fat Killahz debut album, paved the way for Fatt Father (along with his group) to share the stage with such hip hop royalty as Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Method Man & Redman as well as Detroit's own Royce Da 5'9", Nolan The Ninja, Danny Brown, Slum Village, D12 and Trick-Trick to name but a few.