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Fabolous, There is No Competition: Death Comes in 3’s

In the spirit of the holiday season, Fabolous and DJ Drama snuck fans an extra Christmas Day present with the release of There is No Competition: Death Comes in 3’s, the third and final installment of their mixtape trilogy. At the expense of the competition (or lack thereof), Funeral Fab gets back to bodying verses with DJ Drama overseeing the proper burial procedures.

After a teary eyed introduction from Mr. Thanksgiving, Fab gets down to business, rattling off vicious punch lines over street bangers. “Death Comes in Threes” and “Lord Knows” are the most lyrical affairs, with the latter finding Loso putting Ray J and Plaxico Burress in their respective places. “Death in the Family” is the project’s most complete effort, a dismissal of rap impostors—“I’m watching these dogs play with my old bones/I feel like niggas found one of my old phones/We in the house, y’all looking to hold loans/And when the market was up, you wouldn’t have sold, homes.” Guest spots from Meek Mill, Lloyd Banks and a Jadakiss/Styles P back and forth also bolster the tape, as do classic DJ Drama moments like his bellowing out “Happy Dramakah!”

There’s certainly no questioning Loso’s lyrical abilities, but Death Comes in 3’s does have a couple of sluggish appearances. Tracks like “Swag Champ” and “Spend it” hold the project back from being as impressive as There is No Competition 2, or his last mixtape, The S.O.U.L. Tape, which showcased the Brooklyn MC in a smoother, more laidback element. Even so, Death Comes in 3’s is still a very strong body of work that fans can kick off the new year with. Considering Fab’s mixtape resume is second to none, it will always be a hard task to meet the standards he’s set for himself. Even harder for the competition. —NMB

  • that nigga

    I can totally agree with the ratings. only 2 subpar joints. Other than that, that shit is “UNFUCKWITABLE”!!

    • CaponeMOB

      this nigga fab is too RAW. i downloaded there is no competition pt 2, months after it came out,because my PC got fucked up,so i was using one of my girls PC’s and i was downloading every new mixtape that had just droped, i dint care about old shit, but at the last minute the cover of the mixtape got my attention plus i know fab could spit,so i D/L’d the tape,shit when i finished the mixtape i was like what the fuck? i knew fab could spit but this nigga went EXTRA HAM
      on that mixtape. i still havent deleted that mixtape from my mp3. it just goes’ to show,if it aint wocka flocka,or rick ross or wayne,niggaz wont talk about a mixtape, ONLY REAL hip-hop heads know about the real shit. plus XXL MAG,i dont get yall,how does young jeezy gets an XL for lyrics and fab ends up with an XL as well? your rating system is FUCKED up.
      and fab fans should not complain about this new mixtape,you muthafuckaz want niggaz to drop classics everytime they release a mixtape,as long as the artist is consistent you should not complain,cuz after all,its a FREE mixtape,plus rock n ‘roll fans dont got the luxury of their favorite bands givin out free music like rappers. ungrateful muthafuckaz..SMH

  • D90

    def worthy of an XL… but IMO its a low XL cuz expectations were so high after TINC2 (for me anyway) that there was no way fab could outdo part 2

  • Jay Millz Philly

    D90 I agree Fab destryoed everything on TINC2. I dont think even he knew the impact and buzz that he would receive from that. Just think how often do you hear of a label jumping onboard and turning a mixtape into a LP. But non the less i love part 3. Its definitely a banger

  • jjsakfn

    this was a subpar tape, theres no competition 2 was way better…the only song he went hard on was the last one

    • Lawrence

      You’re out of your mind. That is all.

  • B-Strong

    Mixtape of the month and so far this year Fab is underrated