For an emcee who seems to disappear from time to time in the shadows of the music industry, Fabolous never ceases to amaze me with the personal talent he has been given. Off of his 2007 album From Nothin’ to Somethin’, “Make Me Better” featuring Ne-Yo was one of the more demanded tracks; it was a melodious hip-hop beat that would lurk in your mind all day long. After hearing Fabolous’ newly released album entitled Loso’s Way, I predict somewhat of a similar lurking theme.
The Brooklyn rapper begins his fifth studio album with the arguably symbolic “My Time,” laying it out on the line that yesterday is the past and “Imma put it on the line cause it’s my time/ Gotta stay on my grind ‘cause it’s my time.” Shortly after is “Feel Like I’m Back,” a hustler’s song mixed with a fresh swig of swag from our lil “hoodlum.” It’s uncertain whether or not he can actually make people believe he’s as thug as he sounds here, but for that 4:29, I believed it.
There’s no surprise that “Throw It In the Bag” features The-Dream. Who doesn’t know his typical high-key bouncing beat? Pick up Love vs. Money and you’ll be sure to hear it in at least 60% of his tracks. Not that it’s a bad thing, but to me “Throw It In the Bag” could have expanded its lyrics beyond “Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh/ Just throw it in the bag” during the chorus.
In high fashion, Brooklynites Jay-Z and Fabolous join together to bring us a gratifying track charged with a compelling question for all rappers: “When the money goes will the honeys stay?” Granted we all might have our thoughts about that question, I suppose it’s one that could be answered in many different forms. As a “honey,” we must consider all options…
Fabolous made quite the album this time around. His guest appearances just keep on rolling with Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and the most bizarre guest artist, Kobe. And with each artist opens up a different role for Fabolous in which he can spit witty wordplay and let everyone know he’s still in the game. He begins his album as a hot head (which he can positively own) and ends up sporting a softer side in “Stay,” a song that tells the story of fatherhood, and “I Miss My Love,” which is about finding love and missing it when it’s not nearby. I enjoyed all of Fabolous’ inspiring and absorbing storytelling. Loso’s Way, which was actually inspired by gangster movie Carlito’s Way, will be one of the better albums of 2009.
Posted by Mike Denslow at Aug 03, 2009 01:37 AM