eyeReview: Fabolous' "Loso's Way"

Fabolous has been in the game for a minute (eight years to be exact) and has been one of the most consistent rappers in the game until now. He's definitely raised his own bar with the release of his last album, "From Nothin' to Somethin'" (2007), and today I'm sure he done it again with his new album "Loso's Way" (inspired from gangster film "Carlito's Way").

The punchlines in his verses are crazy and he defintely collaborated with the right people on this one. The plot of "Carlito's Way" was the inspiration for the theme of the album and Fabolous's own life in a way that can't help but seem self-aggrandizing. Both Carlito and Fabolous went to jail, both had babies on the way and both were shot, except Carlito was murdered in a hail of gunfire and Fabolous once got shot in the thigh, which hardly even counts, and besides, when was the last time you heard of a gangster named Fabolous?

When "Loso's Way" abandons its concept-album pretensions, which is most of the time, it winds up being a much-better-than-average hip-hop-soul disc. Fabolous deftly manages to conflate personal songs about love and family life with boilerplate gangsta-in-the-club tracks.

"Loso's Way" can't help but be defined by its dizzying array of scene-stealing guest stars, many of whom threaten to bury the low-key Fabolous under their wattage: Lil Wayne shows up for the martial like, "Juno"-referencing "Salute"; Jay-Z himself contributes to the standard banger "Money Goes, Honey Stay (When the Money Goes remix)," a track that began its life as an "American Gangster" outtake; The-Dream contributes to "Throw It in the Bag," a rollicking ode to either shopping or shoplifting; and "Makin' Love" features a showy assist by Ne-Yo, as all '09 bedroom jams apparently must.


Fab is giving these other artists a run for their money. I would definitely suggest that you go out and cop the album!


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