By Rob Markman
Fabolous dropped his latest mixtape There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes in 3s on Christmas day, so now the Brooklyn rapper can focus his energies on putting together his upcoming sixth studio album. “Loso’s Way 2 is a work-in-process. I put a lot in my mixtapes, but I definitely put a lot into my albums as well,” Fab told MTV News, referencing the DJ Drama-helmed TINC 3 and the upcoming album. “I know a lot of people like mixtape Fab, and albums, to me, you’re speaking to a broader audience sometimes. I take that at hand. I guess everybody doesn’t see that.”
Since his rise in the late 1990s on DJ Clue’s street mixtapes, Fab has carved a niche as a witty lyricist, thanks to his clever punch lines and lyrics. It’s a style that he expertly employs on each of his mixtapes, but when the “Make Me Better” MC gets into album mode, he has a different focus.
“With the album, I’m looking to evolve as well. Musically, everything I do, I want to keep growing,” he said. “I think people have seen my growth album to album. From Ghetto Fabolous to Street Dreams to Real Talk to From Nothin’ to Somethin’ to Loso’s Way, and now they will continue to see that with Loso’s Way 2.”
It wasn’t that Fab lacked substance in any of his previous works. On each of his LPs he included a vast array of topics, packaging party anthems, love songs and story rhymes. But while many of the top MCs like Eminem, Kanye West and at times Jay-Z began to open up about their personal lives, the largely private Loso remained so.
Fab began to change things in 2009 when he released Loso’s Way. The #1 LP was anchored by Fabolous-style radio hits like “Throw It in the Bag” and “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere,” but the nimble-tongued MC also exhibited welcome artistic growth when he rapped about his love for his son Johan on the Marsha Ambrosius-assisted “Stay.”
“It’s all a process for me; I’m in a different place,” he said. “My last album I was having my first son and now my son is almost 4 years old, so these are processes and you get to talk about those things. I will share them on the next album.”
Since releasing “Stay,” Fab has seen much more of his personal life spill out into reality shows and the tabloids. His son’s mother, Emily Bustamante, is a star on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” and has been sharing tidbits of her and Fab’s relationship on the show. The rapper is not a fan. “It’s just not my cup of tea,” Fabolous told New York radio host Angie Martinez on her Hot 97 show earlier this month. “It’s one side of what’s going on. I don’t bash it, but I’m not really in support of it, either. I don’t think it depicts me the way I am. It just depicts a one-sided version of what’s going on.”
Fab’s feelings about the show won’t deter him from opening up on Loso’s Way 2. “Children change a lot of stuff in your life,” he said to MTV News. “They change the way you look at things and do things. And I think the music will reflect that, too.”