By Rob Markman
“RapFix Live” wrapped up 2011 by announcing Machine Gun Kelly as the year’s Hottest Breakthrough MC, and Fabolous and Maino will help us kick off 2012 on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Fab ended the year in grand fashion when he released his murderous mixtape There Is No Competition III: Death Comes in 3s on Christmas Day and he’ll join Sway on the red couch to talk music and plans for the coming months.
It was his mixtape grind with DJ Clue that made Fabolous a rap force to be reckoned with in the late 1990s, but Loso has continually grown throughout his career and is one of hip-hop’s most successful and celebrated MCs. Not only does Loso remain one of the game’s rawest rappers, he is also one of its biggest hitmakers thanks to singles like 2003’s “Can’t Let You Go,” 2007’s “Make Me Better” and “Throw It in the Bag” from his last album, Loso’s Way.
With TINC III once again cementing his position in the streets, Fab is back in the studio working on his next solo LP, Loso’s Way 2. “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 in December, referencing the DJ Drama-helmed TINC III 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.”
Loso has also seen his private life come under the microscope now that his son’s mother, Emily Bustamante, is a star on VH1’s juicy reality show “Love & Hip Hop.” Fab, however, isn’t 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 won’t be the only guest this week on “RapFix Live.” Every year since 2002, Virginia MC Skillz drops a lyrical year in review — it has become an annual hip-hop tradition. On Wednesday, the “Are You That Somebody” lyricist will perform his “2011 Rap-Up.”
Brooklyn MC Maino has also started a yearly tradition of his own. Three years ago, the “Hi Hater” rapper released “2009 Predictions.” Last year he looked into his crystal ball and dropped “2011 Predictions,” in which he successfully guessed that Lindsay Lohan would have relapsing bouts with alcohol, the Throne would sell over a million records, and Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would go another year without fighting in what would be the most anticipated boxing match in years.
Catch Fabolous and Skillz on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com, and be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. And send your questions for Fabolous to @MTVRapFiX!