Fabolous’ fourth album, “From Nothin To Somethin,” hits stores tomorrow June 12th. While people will complain the album is feature heavy, I think it is Fabolous’ best album yet. Check below for the review by Samir Siddiqui and leave your thoughts on the album.
From Nothin’ To Somethin’
Desert Storm Records/Def Jam
by Samir Siddiqui
Considering the up and down career Fabolous has had for the past seven
years, the fact that ‘Loso is one of the few notable rappers under 30 is
sometimes overlooked. Trying to overcome a reputation for delivering albums
that don’t reflect his great potential, Fabolous released the worthwhile
Real Talk in 2004, but unfortunately, the album yielded disappointing sales.
More than two years later, having overcome label problems and a serious
wake-up call in the form of a New-York shootout, Fabolous returns with his
anticipated fourth effort, From Nothin’ To Somethin’.
Let’s get one thing straight- Fabolous knows where his sales are coming
from, and doesn’t steer far away from what his been successful for him in
the past. Blending a mix of street-bangers and female-friendly duets with a
couple of fresh collaborations, From Nothin’ To Somethin’ is Fabolous’
closest attempt at satisfying his diverse audience. Cue two of the lead
singles, the Swizz Beatz collabo “Return of the Hustle,” and the
Ne-Yo-assisted “Make Me Better”- Fab calls upon Just Blaze and Timbaland to
provide the backdrops for the two cuts, the first, an infectious anthem made
catchy by an old-school Wu sample, the latter, is yet another example of
‘Loso’s ability to make “love tracks” which aren’t painfully corny. The
aforementioned songs are just two of a whopping 13 collaborations on the
album. Excessive, yes, but Fabolous makes good on many of the tracks,
connecting with Junior Reid on the reggae-flavored “Gangsta Don’t Play,” and
then rapping confidently alongside the chopped flow and wordplay of
President Carter (Jay-Z) and newcomer Uncle Murda.
But everything that glitters isn’t platinum, and in Fab’s case, several of
the hip-hop/r&b pairings fail to impress, from the horrible T-Pain duet
“Baby Don’t Go” to the under-whelming pairing with Def Jam princess Rihanna
on “First Time,” where Fab drops some suspect rhymes, “Come on, look at the
patience that I’m demonstrating, after a week or two, I usually start
eliminating…..and I’m a good player, I listen to the coach, she showed me
the playbook, and said: this is the approach.” This type of overly casual
lyricism might come as a shock to fans waiting on a punch-line clinic (not
to say he doesn’t drop some clever bars), but more surprisingly, this
indicates that this might just be as good as Fabolous gets as an emcee…and
it isn’t exactly the top-level lyricism expected by some.
However, what Fabolous lacks in original lyrics, he makes up for with a
expectedly strong flow, a general sense of confidence, and excellent
production choices throughout the album. On From Nothin’ To Somethin’, Loso
takes a page from T.I.’s book and delivers an album sure to entertain
virtually any hip-hop fan, even if it isn’t a lyrical masterpiece. In seven
short years, Fab has gone from nothing to something, and it’ll be
interesting to see what he does now that he’s officially made it.