Almost five months after dropping his well-received mixtape, The Soul Tape, Fabolous treated fans with an exclusive celebration concert last week at New York City’s SOB’s nightclub, and he brought along some famous friends with him.
Backed by a live band, Fab was joined by the likes of Lloyd Banks, Vado and Trey Songz, among others, for the show, which kicked off with the mixtape’s introspective opener, “Pain.” “I’m old enough to know better, young enough to not give a fuck,” he rapped over instrumentation from a live band. “Rather hold my head high and die than live and duck. ”
Performing the tape in its entirety, Loso went through a slew of tracks including “Wolves In Sheep Clothing” (sans Paul Cain),”Really Tho,” “That’s Not Luv,” and “Leaving You.” Later slowing things down a bit, he enlisted the duties of Street Fam R&B singer Broadway and spitter Paul Cain for “Drugs,” before bringing out Red Cafe to join him on the boisterous, crowd pleaser, “Y’all Don’t Hear Me Tho.” For the closer, Loso brought along Freck Billionaire for “Payback Music” before revealing that his next LP, Loso’s Way 2, was coming at the end of the year.
Fab took some time to chat with XXL about his hometown concert, the 10-year anniversary of Ghetto Fabolous and the upcoming Loso’s Way 2 album. —Ralph Bristout
XXL: Now you could’ve did a concert for any of your previous mixtapes—There Is No Competition 1 or 2 or even your debut, Ghetto Fabolous— what made you decide to do this for The Soul Tape?
Fabolous: Just the appreciation I got for it. I mean, there was appreciation there for There’s No Competition and There’s No Competition 2 but, [with]The Soul Tape I just seen a very wide range of appreciation and you know I also wanted to do something to show my appreciation. That’s why the show was free and we did it really for people who were actually real fans, you know there’s a lot of just Fabolous fans but, there was a special fanship that went into this mixtape. I wanted to do that for them.
What’s one of your favorite tracks off the tape?
One of my favorite tracks is “Slow Down” right now. If you make a body of music, sometimes your favorite track changes back and forth and right now “Slow Down,” just the vibe of it, where it takes me, where, you know, what it’s talking about and, Trey Songz of course is featured on it, he did his thing. We didn’t even put Trey Songz like all over the record, he came in at the end and just smoothed the record out. It was just so dope, man, it was just a great record to me. I don’t know how everybody else feels but, it’s a great record to me and that’s one of my favorites right now.
I spoke to AZ a couple weeks ago and he saluted you, Vado, and Lloyd Banks for flipping his “Mo Money, Mo Murder, Mo Homicide,” track with Nas. What made you decide to use that beat?
Well, all the beats that I used, there were either slow beats or had a sample in the beat, that was why I picked up “Mo Money Mo Murder Mo Homicide.” I wanted to do a record where I could of course show some love to the city as well. [with] Lloyd Banks being from Queens, Vado being from Harlem, me being from Brooklyn, those are the key points in New York City. It’s missing a Bronx representative, but maybe we can get that at a later date, you know what I’m saying.
Were you a fan of the original?
[Yeah] AZ’s original is a classic. I grew up listening to AZ and Nas, you know, he’s one of the lyricists that I feel doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but I know a lot of people listened to him coming up. His word play and the way he made words rhyme was particularly how I do my thing. I always paid attention to anybody who raps in a similar format, similar approaches to styles. Salute [to] AZ. I seen [him] a couple times in the supermarket, we both live in the same kind of neighborhood. I don’t want to disclose where he lives—I really don’t know where he lives—but, I seen him out at the supermarket before.
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