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You don't go from being reared in New York's Bed-Stuy-housed Bevroot projects to being recognized by Rolling Stone and MTV first time out - without a story to tell. Fabolous's grand entrance into the rap world began with some impromptu flow outside the PJ's, which led to a hastily arranged audition for music-biz mogul, mixtape king DJ Clue in early 1998. The only catch was that the laid back linguist would have to impress Clue while kicking it live for thousands of New York radio listeners tuned in to Clue's Monday-night Hot 97 show. Add the fact that CNN's Noreaga was in the studio, and you're probably looking at more game than you can handle.
Not if you're the then-18 year old Fabolous. "I usually don't let anyone on the air unless I heard them first," says Clue. "But he lived up to his rep." Blessed with uncanny metaphorical ingenuity - and what just might be the most enticing sneer since Elvis - the charismatic rookie took the unforgettable night all in stride - including his now-legendary rhyme exchange with Noreaga. "I was living in Brooklyn with my moms," Fab remembers. "And my manager said I was going to get an opportunity to flow on the air. I wasn't even that interested in being a rapper back then. But I knew it was a chance." He also knew that DJ Clue was instrumental in the careers of some of hip hop's biggest names, including DMX, The LOX, Notorious B.I.G. and Foxy Brown - showcasing them on his coveted mixtapes. "I saw it as my shot to shine. But there wasn't really that much time to be nervous. I had been making up some rhymes that afternoon but by the time I got to the studio I forgot one of them. Luckily, I didn't have to battle Nor
eaga or anything like that. It was like he'd get on a beat and then I'd get on one. I made up the rest of the sh*t on the spot. I took advantage of the opportunity, that's all."
The freestyle-fest led to Fab getting premier placement on other mix-CD's, and a slot on the 50 city Hard Knock Life Tour. Clue and his partner Duro would eventually sign him to his Desert Storm imprint. Meanwhile, Fab began to bubble on other projects as well, including some much talked about Roc-A-Fella releases, and a star-making guest slot on Lil' Mo's chart-topping "Superwoman Pt. 2." When Desert Storm partnered up with Elektra Records, the stage was set for one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of the year, Fab's searing debut effort, Ghetto Fabolous.
"The streets heard of me from the tapes and stuff," Fab said. "I been holding it down on the freestyle tip. With Lil' Mo's video they got the visual." It's no surprise then, that entertainment powerhouses like MTV and Rolling Stone soon would jump on the Fabolous bandwagon. MTV branded Fab's first video "Can't Deny It" an immediate buzzworthy clip. Rolling Stone cited him in their summer Hot Issue as THE new hip hop star to watch. Said the mag: "Fabolous is" one hip hop phenom who flaunts his sex appeal along with his rhyme skills.
The proof, of course, can be found on Ghetto Fabolous - a kinetic/phosphorescent party album laced with Fab's custom made hood lingo. "It's straight fire," Duro said. "We're trying to create a good vibe where people can have fun."
Producer Rockwilder brings his sonic funk to "Get Right," where Fab plays off of Junior Mafia's "Players Anthem," exhorting listeners to "Grab your d*ck if you're gettin' right." The Neptunes produced "Young'n," a call-and-response club anthem, while "Ma Be Easy," produced by Just Blaze, finds Fab telling chickenheads to keep their hands out his pocket. Fab's mentors, Duro and Clue, helm the scalding "Keepin' It Gangsta."
On "Take You Home," Lil Mo sings the chorus Lisa Lisa made famous 16 years ago with "I Wonder If I take You Home," and Nate Dogg lends his subdued serenade to Ghetto Fabolous' smash first single, producer Rick Rock's rough-riding "Can't Deny It."
Fabolous' peers are indeed checking for him. He rhymes on Mariah Carey's remake of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" (Rolling Stone raves again, saying: "he steals the show" on the remake) which appears on her upcoming album, and he also lends his talent to Jimmy Cozier's "She's All I Got" and Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair." "Lil' Mo's joint made everything easier," said Fab. "Now everybody wants to holla."
With Fabolous kicking off the Elektra/Desert Storm union, Duro is confident the new relationship will quickly make its mark on the hip hop business. "We wanted to make sure they are as excited about the project as we are. We weren't looking for any bandwagon, we wanted to start from scratch. A lot of people was like, 'We're the hottest camp, we're gonna make you hot.' Elektra was like, 'We can do this together, we're really feeling Fabolous.' "
Fab's wink-and-a-nod thug persona, coupled with his acclaimed guest shots on other artists' work have made him one of the truly original mic specialists to emerge form the ever-widening sea of sound-alike rappers. "I never expected all this attention or even dreamed about it," he says. "I used to just rhyme for fun. Or maybe change other people's rhymes around and make them funny, or something like that. Now I rap about everyday things and just try to perfect my style."
When asked to define that style, Fab smiles.
"It's the Ghetto Fabolous style, that's all."
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hottie who is singe who wants fabolous | Reviewer: rhonda | 8/20/10
fabolous you r soo fucken FINE i cant belive that ur single but u betta bets and belive that some girls [like me] r not always 4 ur money and looks by raps u seen very good man . i wish icould be in 1 of ur videos cuz i teach some of those girls how to dance . iknow this is dumb and i know everybody says it but im ur biggest fan and i always will be . im single and if u want to holla look up rhonda kk luvvvvvvvvvvv u always and foreva please please ur sooooo hot
Hey...Just hitting on fabolous | Reviewer: Franconero | 10/30/09
Please...please...I am straight here. I have had so many experiencesd passes from queer folks...I am a very confident bllack man here in Africa. But if fabolous is gay(or even bi)....Jeez....I will change my sexuality. Cos thats how much I love him. Fabolous...if you are...please call me on +234 802 442 8407.
I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!
very handsome and outgoing | Reviewer: malikha providence | 6/28/09
he is very hot i live in St Vincent and the Grenadines and i wish he could come see me my cell number is 4321768 if he decides to come see me he will call me when he gets to the airport i hope he responds to this because i really love him.
Lincoln Rd | Reviewer: sean smith | 5/28/09
Wuts good dog i'm a big fan of yours how being rich feels hopefully i could become that one day. Me i write songs maybe you could hear it one day but shit who knows but any way how getting real money feels i would like to know was you dedicating this to me mirror mirror on the wall if so you could hit me up at 1347-223-8386
Lincoln Rd | Reviewer: Sean Smith | 5/26/09
wuts good fab i'm a big fan of yours how being rich feels hopefully could become that one day me i write songs maybe you could here it one day don't know how but shit i wonna know how getting real money feels and mirror mirror on the wall if so 1347-223-8386
The Right Note | Reviewer: nicole | 1/23/09
What about Faboluos aight. I think a lot of him and about him . Not really too much to give focus in the world today besides a man like that. I wonder if he has any friends like him. He helps out with a lot when it comes to examining yourself. Displaying his attitude on stages and on the streets he makes people feel good about themseleves no matter what theyve been through.
just stoppin fab | Reviewer: jenny | 10/4/07
WELL ITS GOOD TO KNOW A LIL MORE ABOUT U KNOW THAT I READ ALL THE WRITING BUT JUST WANT TO STOP BY AND SAY (HAY) AND HOPE SOME DAY I CAN GET TO MET U AND EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I WONT HAPPEN JUST WANT TO SAY I LOVE YOUR MUSIC AND U ARE A VERY SEXY GUY AND KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP
fabs info real talk.... | Reviewer: brooklyn360 | 9/26/07
Fabolous real name is john skylard jackson he is now 28 years of age...he is a desandant of a south american region now nown as dominican republic.....he is also black from tampa bay he was born in tampa bay flordia but moved and grew up in bainbridge brooklyn bedstuy aka bedford stuyvasent n.y he weighs 170 pounds at the height of 5"11 he looks taller but that's just the cameras they will make ya look tall....he loves pasta.lasagnia.fried rice.spagetti.pizza.chicken he plays basketball he's a nice athelete he's mostly a shooting guard. He freestyles a lot he got reconized because he used to rhyme when he was young and switch words around and make em funny and he put out a couple of mixtapes while he was a underground rapper he got noticed by a guy named cheo which was his manager and he was introduced to dj clue afterwards he freestyled on hot 97 the radio show wit noreaga from cnn name of the freestyle was "money power respect"by nore and fabolous go to www.datpiff.com and for the search engine type in fabolous then scroll down and click on "fabolous sport" click on listen and wait then scroll down on that same music box and you'll find the same song "money power respect" and yes fabolous has a sister named Vonga and a brother named Paul Cain...........anything else you may be concerned about holla at me on my myspace at www.myspace.com/bigballa2062002us
about my baby fabolous | Reviewer: fabolous fan | 8/23/07
FABOLOUS REAL NAME IS JOHN JACKSON AND THEY SAY HE IS 18 19 23 AND 28 WHICH ONE IS IT.... I THINK HE IS 18 OR 19 AND IM 18 SO I CAN GET WITH HIM......BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHERE DID HE GET THE NAME FABOLOUS FROM AND WHAT SCHOOLS DID HE ACCOMPLISH WHILE HE WAS A CHILD??? AND I ALSO WANT TO KNOW DO HE HAVE ANY BROTHERS OR SISTERS.......IF HE DON I BET THEY LUCKY TO HAVE A FINE BROTHER....BUT ANYWAYS YALL LIL KIDS STOP BEING CHILDISH AND GROW UP....(HES MINE).LUV YA FAB AND CALL ME???(504-252-2012) AND HOES DO NOT CALL PLAYING ON MY FUCKING PHONE
fabs.name | Reviewer: Brittany | 7/11/07
i would like love to know his real name cause i wanna be his friend on myspace lol.he is gorgouse and just gorgouse.and um i like love himmmmm
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