Almost five months after dropping his well-received mixtape, The Soul Tape, Fabolous treated fans with an exclusive celebration concert last night (September 14) at New York City’s famed SOB’s nightclub, bringing along some familiar faces.
Supported by a live band, Fab kicked off the all-black affair with the mixtape’s introspective opener, “Pain.” Here, decked out in all black attire—excluding a patched up blue denim jacket and glistening gold Jesus piece— with his signature dark shades, the Brooklyn MC had the SOB’s crowd rocking.
“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.”
Proving he had more tricks up his sleeve, Fab sought to represent for the city, bringing out Vado and Lloyd Banks for the fan-favorite “Mo Brooklyn, Mo Harlem, Mo Southside.” This however, was taken to another level when R&B crooner, Trey Songz graced the stage to close out, “Slow Down” to which elicited utter female pandemonium.
As the show reached a close, 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.
A soulful night indeed for a 10-year veteran. —Ralph Bristout