Loso’s Way

I have one question: what the eff is up with Fabolous? I’ve been thinking about that dude all week.

Now, I don’t know John Jackson. Never met him. Never interviewed him. Never even seen his live show. But I’ll admit I have high hopes for the rapper. Real Talk was my album for the longest time. (How did that one not go platinum?) I felt his flow. I felt his wordplay. I felt the beats he picked. “Breathe” was fire. “Can You Hear Me” was chillingly poignant. “Gangsta” had some hilarious punch lines. “Ghetto” was a slept-on banger. “It’s All Right” was one of the better Sean Paul rap collabos. “Baby” was a for-the-ladies joint that actually catered to the ladies. (As opposed to running bullshit game over a beat.)

But it was more than all that. For whatever reason, it’s been a personal album for me. Real Talk was released on my birthday in 2004, and I’ve been bumping it pretty steady ever since. I took it with me when I was traveling on a grant to do research for my book on global hip-hop. [1] It was forever in my headphones. On a long-ass international flight, eyes burning, feeling drugged. On a plastic bench in Heathrow airport in London, on a nine hour layover, slumped over, snatching at sleep. On the train in Tokyo, drinking lemon iced tea and watching all the stylish Japanese girls feverishly text messaging each other. On a rusted yellow bus climbing through the mountains in Caracas, the air thick with humidity, armed soldiers guarding the door. On the roof deck of my sublet on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, chilling, painting my nails. Six months later, on Amsterdam Ave, bundled in a parka, walking through the snow. In a cab speeding through Queens, headed for JFK. In my hotel room in Johannesburg, eating a club sandwich from room service. In Toronto, the red and orange leaves drifting into the street.

I got to know that album real, real well. It’s funny how some records just move you like that.

I’ve been waiting on the follow-up to Real Talk for some time, trying to figure out what’s going on with Fab. First, dude dropped out of sight. Next, he resurfaced with that bizarre MySpace diss track—beefing with music nerds, of all things. Then, this week, he messed around and got himself shot.

As everyone knows, Fab took a bullet in the leg coming out of Justin’s in New York early Tuesday, and wound up with multiple gun charges when police searched his vehicle. Initially, Fab’s people said the shooting arose from jealousy. But now it looks like one of his men may have chain-snatched Boston Celtic Sebastian Telfair. It could be that Fab—like many other rappers—stayed loyal to some knuckleheads he grew up with and they’ve gone and got him in trouble. (Notorious C.O.P. Derrick Parker hinted in his book that Fab was linked back in the day to the BK stick-up crew The Commission.)

Whatever the reason, it always sucks to see one of your favorite rappers shot, arrested, and generally caught up in a whole lot of drama. Hopefully Loso will pull through all this and make another Real Talk. [2]


[1] I didn’t have an i-Pod then, so I took this raggedy discman and a case with like twenty CDs. I got so bored with some of those albums.

[2] From Nothing to Something got pushed forward this week. It’s set to drop December 26.

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  • wiz_kid

    notice how,if you post in the weekend nobody’s blogging(talkin shit)……………..O and “real talk” sucked ass except for breathe.
    tara y havent u been posting? bol wins simply because he post often.start posting more,i enjoy reading a female music nerd’s perspective.1

  • Vindi

    Its not a gd look that his album got pushed forward after him being shot is it 2 boost sales cos it may back fire


  • che

    yeah, take break from giving head and post more tara.

  • Danja29

    I liked Real Talk as well… I thought it was the closest he’d come to living up to his potential, and maybe next time out would be the official homerun. Since then, he dropped outta sight, switched to Def Jam, got dissed by Mase, and now this lil’ incident. Come December 26, this dude should have a lot to talk about.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    You know what really bugs me out is these record labels are really brazen. THey pushed his album forward because he got shot. Can you believe this shit. Never in my life did i think that shit like this would happen, but hey, i guess thats the business.

    ANd real talk, “Real Talk” was my shit too. Can you hear me was the shit on that album and in my hood!


    You gotta be kidding me. None of Fab’s albums have that effect. There pretty forgettable imo

  • P-Matik

    Fabolous is trash.

  • Mr.Me

    Tara you right because Fabs wordplay is 2nd to non (not even Jadakiss or Sigel) an hes a good songwriter because his hooks are catchy.
    His problem is that he cant shake that Nickalodeon image that he came in the game wit. Alot of people dont remember that Fab was gutta gutta on those Desert Storm mixtapes back in the 90′s before he got on.

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    >From Nothing to Something got pushed forward this week. It’s set to drop December 26.

    ^Amazing what happens when u get shot…hmmm…maybe someone needs to dat to the clipse, maybe ill get an EP at least

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    suprising..i woulda neva had tara down as a fan of the f-a-b-o-l-o-u-s

  • Bang

    fab has been a scrawny kid with a big mouth. Im surprised that he hasn’t gotten hit with something earlier

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Fab is one of the illest out…I know dude got mad potential…the onlly reason he isnt in my top 5(jada kiss has his spot) is because of his lack of work to support his potential…Once his next joint drops maybe he will start to make the mark he has the potential to make…

  • Prince Of The South

    Fab stepped it up on real talk, it looked like he was going back to his mixtape days, but his label didn’t know how to handle a hardcore album. At least under Jay he might have a chance, because he’s talented and from brooklyn. It just depends if Jay feel like promoting him.


    I agree with this journalist. This album was very underrated and even now when I bump this, people be looking like what’s that? Is that a new fabolous cd? I’m like “No its 2-3 years old.” Proves to show that good music stands the test of time. He’s a good MC and being around superstars Hov, Nas, Jeezy, Ludacis is great for Fab to shine.

  • http://www.chronikill.com ROX ONE

    I didn’t realize that dude was like 28, although he was popping up on clue mixes in the mid-late 90′s.

    I never picked up one of his albums, truth told. I always imagined he was one of those cats who was just better suited to mixtapes, but dude has had lines since he was a younger cat.

    He used to write SPORTS back in the day. He has better style than Master Ace and MF Doom, in my opinion.

  • Incilin

    Fab might be a clever rapper, but his music often lacks substance (Just ask Sick), and tracks like Gettho seem forced.

  • SCORPIO1970

    Def Jam released the schedule for the rest of the year before he was shot. This website gave the dates for all of their projects. Get a grip people, they did not push it up because of this. Do you all have a damn clue about how much is involved in a release date?

  • e

    Fab has all the skills to be a top 5 rapper but he hasn’t lived up to it yet. He needs to add a little substance and rap over beats similar to the ones on Carter 2.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/kracktheking KR

    I lost you when you mentioned “Real Talk” as “your album”…think you missed the boat buddy.

  • My name is Cool

    Tara’s gotta crush on Fab…i know my girl does… Fab’s Real Talk was dope, ‘Can You Hear Me’ was showing his story tellin skills and everybody knows ‘Breathe’ was his best song.

  • nocal

    Apparently you like terrible music. Welp

  • alleyeCNtower

    Fabolous’s shooting and subsequent arrest is another shining example of why rap is outta control.

  • vindi

    I gotta say this yr been crazy, wit Obie, Proof, Fabolous,Paul Cain, Busta Rhymes & T.I. boy, etc. Its like we can’t go one whole week without someone arrested just read Snoop is being investigated.

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  • Unscarred

    Tara….i think u should interview fabolous and then fuck that dude since u on his nuts THIS BAD….his flow is weak….just …incase u didnt kno..

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    I havent listened to Real Talk, even though its in my Ipod along with 9,000 other songs.. But just because I value your opinion; most of the time, I will give the album a chance and listen to it all today on my way home from work…….. peace Tara

  • 110 street

    fab is top ten one of the last to RAP wit some LYRICS. before the snap shit took radio over. breath nigga breath.

  • killa k

    I never liked Fab when he first came out but Real Talk is really good believe it or not.

  • e

    Yo Crack you the realest. Let me hang out with you, let me hold your bag for you.”
    Even Fat Joe is referring to weed carrying on interviews(quote is from all hip hop)

    This should be motivation for any aspiring weedcarrier don’t be detracted because of the dangers. Keep the weed carrying movement strong(no spliff star)

  • H-MAN

    Hey, Tara, therez nuttin wrong wit bein on tha bottom…then tha only way 2 look iz up, and I bet your a sight 4 sore eyez…pun intended…wit one bite, I can give U tha gift of life….

  • Lo-D

    ah yes REAL TALK was my shit and still is….one of my top 5 albums since ive been buying them

  • killa k

    what is everyone’s most underated album? cos i was listening to TQ’s 1st album today and that is a gully album !

  • SomOne

    Real talk was definitly horrible… but outside of that, if you’re sleepin on Fab you need to listen harder.

  • Fernando

    Fab is done. So is the entire desert storm crew. They were never any good anyways.

    Breathe was aiiiighht though

  • thoreauly77

    come back to us tara.

  • J

    underated albums?….recently speakin Xzibits “Full Circle” is criminally underated(judging by sales)…
    oh an i think that Royce da’ 59 album “death is certain” is another one, that shit was a damn near classic but i ain’t never hear no1 givin it it’s props

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    Yo Crack you the realest. Let me hang out with you, let me hold your bag for you.”
    Even Fat Joe is referring to weed carrying on interviews(quote is from all hip hop)

    This should be motivation for any aspiring weedcarrier don’t be detracted because of the dangers. Keep the weed carrying movement strong(no spliff star)

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