Fabolous Fabolous
Rapper, songwriter
Fabolous Fabolous
John David Jackson, better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American rapper of Dominican and African American descent. His first music appearance was with his 2001 release Ghetto Fabolous. He is also known for his hit singles "Can't Deny It", Young'n (Holla Back)", "Breathe", "Make Me Better" and "Throw It in the Bag".
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    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    On April 29, 2016, Fabolous stepped into the K-pop sphere, where he became a featured artist and a co-writer on a track titled "Fly", which is the lead single for K-pop singer Jessica Jung's first mini album, With Love, J.
    More Details Hide Details Street Family Records is a record label imprint, founded by Fabolous in 2006, in Brooklyn, NY. Artists
    On February 29, 2016, Fabolous and Jadakiss announced they were releasing a mixtape titled, Freddy vs. Jason.
    More Details Hide Details On April 2, 2016, They released a freestyle to Future's "Wicked" that will appear on the album. Instead of a mixtape, it will be released as an album.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    In November 2015, Fabolous announced the second installment of The Young OG Project to be released on Christmas Day of 2015, but is now delayed for a February 2016 release date.
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    In October 2015, Fabolous stated that he has two projects coming before the end of 2015.
    More Details Hide Details First, he revealed that a mixtape is coming shortly, but left no indication how close it is. He'll follow the mixtape up with another project on Christmas.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    On December 1, 2014, Fabolous announced the release date for The Young OG Project to be December 25, 2014, with the announcement posted on his new Keek page.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking to MTV, Fabolous says the album will be "very '90s-inspired and '90s themed." On the same day of his album release announcement, Roc Nation posted on their website welcoming Fabolous to the Roc Nation Family.
    On August 22, 2014, Fabulous announced that his next studio album will now be titled Young OG.
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    On July 30, 2014 Fabolous announced that the lead single from the album would drop soon by the end of summer and would feature Chris Brown.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that "Ready" was just a warmup record for this song and that it would be very melodic.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    He would also announce his sixth album, then-titled Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power, would be released in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The S.O.U.L. Tape 2 features guest appearances from Trey Songz, Pusha T, Cassie, J. Cole, Wale and Joe Budden. The mixtape's production was handled by Streetrunner, Treddy da Don, AraabMuzik and Cardiak, among others. The first official single from Loso's Way 2 is "Ready" which features singer Chris Brown. The second single "When I Feel Like It" featuring 2 Chainz was released on July 9, 2013. In an interview Fabolous revealed that Loso's Way 2 would also include several features with musicians such as Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, FYUTCH, Rick Ross, and Young Jeezy and mentioned that the album was about him "evolving and growing as a person, as a man, as an artist, as a father, as a friend." Huffington Post online. Retrieved October 15, 2014. Loso's Way 2 was scheduled to be released in 2013 by Desert Storm and Def Jam. However the album had been delayed all year long and was scheduled for release in 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On November 22, 2012 Fabolous released his seventh mixtape, The S.O.U.L. Tape 2.
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    On Christmas Day 2011, Fabolous released There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes in 3's, the third installment in his There Is No Competition mixtape series.
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    After it was announced that his sixth album would once again be delayed, Fabolous chose to release a project titled The S.O.U.L. Tape. The mixtape was released on April 22, 2011 and features Fabolous rapping over soul-sampling production.
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    In an interview with XXL, Fabolous revealed that he has been in a long-term relationship with stylist Emily Bustamante (since 2002), who recently appeared in VH1's Love & Hip Hop, that began in 2011. He and his girlfriend had a son in February 2008 named Johan Jackson. In 2014, Fabolous and Bustamante announced that they were expecting their second child together. On June 2, 2015, the couple gave birth to their second son Jonas Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details In January and March 2003, Fabolous was arrested for possessing an unlicensed gun in his car. His bodyguard later showed proof of ownership for the gun. He was shot in his right leg, on the morning of October 17, 2006 in Manhattan after exiting Justin's, a restaurant owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Fabolous was treated at a local hospital and was released eight days later. Films Television
  • 2010
    Age 32
    On March 5, 2010, Fabolous released There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service, his fourth solo mixtape and the sequel to 2008's There Is No Competition. Due to the popularity of the mixtape, Fabolous released the mixtape for retail, in the form of an extended play (EP) titled There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP. The EP, which was preceded by the Ryan Leslie-produced single "You Be Killin Em", was released on August 29, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The single peaked at number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The S.O.U.L. Tape was inspired by Fabolous' freestyle over the production of Kanye West's "Devil in a New Dress".
    He then pushed back the release date multiple times via Twitter before he and DJ Drama finally released the mixtape online on March 4, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    In an interview on December 10, 2009 with MTV, he announced that he would be releasing part two to his mixtape series with DJ Drama entitled: "There is No Competition – Part 2: The Funeral Service."
    More Details Hide Details Fabolous announced that it would be released on Christmas Day as a gift to his fans.
    In September 2009, Fabolous was ranked number eight on MTV's Hottest MC in the Game list.
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    Fabolous released his fifth studio album, Loso's Way, in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The album is based on the 1993 film Carlito's Way, similar to Jay-Z's American Gangster. The first official single is "Throw It in the Bag", featuring The-Dream, and is produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. The second single is "My Time", featuring Jeremih, and is produced by The Runners and Kevin "KC" Cossom. The third single is "Everything, Everyday, Everywhere", featuring Keri Hilson, and is produced by Ryan Leslie. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 99,000 copies in its first week. It became Fabolous' first album to top the chart. In its second week of sales, the album dropped 8 spots from #1 to #9, selling 37,000 copies. A deluxe album was released on the same day as the standard release. The edition features a bonus DVD, ("Loso's Way" the movie). The movie features Fabolous (and three other of his friends). Fabolous is leaving a restaurant when he is shot. His three friends quickly rush Fabolous to the hospital, but are stopped by the police after running a red light. Fellow rapper Styles P has a role in the movie. DJ Clue, DJ Khaled, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz, DJ Envy, and Ryan Leslie make cameo appearances. The movie "Loso's Way" runs for 33:03 minutes. In order to view "Loso's Way", the deluxe album "Loso's Way" must be purchased.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    His fourth studio album, From Nothin' to Somethin, was released in June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Fabolous took the number one spot on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts for the first time in his career and it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 159,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified Gold in July 2007. It is his first album on Def Jam Recordings. He was featured on the cover of video game Def Jam: Icon. The first single and video, "Diamonds", features Young Jeezy who also appeared on the Real Talk track "Do the Damn Thing". Lil Wayne and Remy Ma are featured on the remix. His second single was "Return of the Hustle" which featured Swizz Beatz, also came out before the album release, to some acclaim, but little airplay. His third single though, "Make Me Better," which features fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo, and is produced by Timbaland, was his biggest hit to date, spending 14 weeks at number one on the Hot Rap Track Billboard Chart. The fourth single was "Baby Don't Go." Jermaine Dupri produced it and T-Pain sings the hook. However, in music video version of the song, Jermaine Dupri sings the hook. This song also found success, reaching number four on the Hot Rap Track Chart.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In early 2006, Fabolous was let out of his contract with Atlantic and officially signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings, after a de facto trade that sent Def Jam artist Musiq, to Atlantic.
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  • 2004
    Age 26
    Fabolous stated in 2004 that he wanted to release his own clothing line.
    More Details Hide Details The line called "Rich Yung Society" was launched in 2006.
    Fabolous' third album Real Talk was released on November 5, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies and had two charting singles, the lowest in his career. The two charting singles are his street anthem "Breathe" and "Baby," which features Mike Shorey, and shows his more sensitive side that he has shown on many songs in the past. His second single was not promoted until weeks after the album's release. "Tit 4 Tat" was his third single. Pharrell of The Neptunes produced it and did the hook. Fab feels that the single didn't hit it as big as it should have due to poor advertising. Making the music video for his fourth single, "Do the Damn Thing" cost Jackson $30,000. The song featured Young Jeezy, who became known to the public through the video. The same year, Fabolous was nominated for a Grammy Award for his collaboration on the "Dip It Low" remix by Christina Milian.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    Exactly seven months later, on November 4, 2003, Fabolous dropped his official mixtape, More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape.
    More Details Hide Details It was an official release by his record label, Elektra. The album featured remixes and tracks not originally on Street Dreams. This album was also an outlet for his three-man crew, known as the Triangle Offense, consisting of himself, Paul Cain, and Joe Budden. The album actually features a remix to song Fire, which was originally on Joe Budden's self-titled debut album.
    Fabolous released his second album Street Dreams on March 4, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Powered by a Just Blaze beat and guest vocals from Lil' Mo and Mike Shorey, "Can't Let You Go" reached number one on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Into You" with Tamia also reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Also released on Street Dreams was the lead single club banger "This Is My Party" and "Trade It All Pt. 2" which featured Jagged Edge as it did on the Ghetto Fabolous version, as well as Diddy.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    Fabolous released his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, on September 11, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling over 143,000 copies in its first week. The album's first single, "Can't Deny It", was produced by Rick Rock and features a chorus by Nate Dogg interpolating Tupac Shakur's song "Ambitionz Az a Ridah". It charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, along with two of the subsequent singles. The other charting singles were "Young'n (Holla Back)", which was produced by The Neptunes and "Trade It All", which features vocals from Jagged Edge and was produced by DJ Clue and Duro.
    In a September 6, 2001 interview with Hot104.com, Fabolous said he never planned on becoming a rapper and told the website: "I was just trying to make some money, ya know?
    More Details Hide Details I got tired of being broke. This was something where I could make some money. It just happened for me."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Fabolous was born John David Jackson on November 18, 1977 and is of Dominican and African American descent.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in Breevort Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. While in his senior year of high school, Fabolous began to pursue a career in hip hop music. He was invited to rap live on American record producer and music executive DJ Clue's radio show, then on New York City radio station Hot 97. DJ Clue subsequently signed Fabolous to his record label, Desert Storm Records. Fabolous was then featured on several DJ Clue mixtapes, as well as mixtapes with Roc-A-Fella artists. This earned Fabolous and Desert Storm a distribution deal with Elektra Records.
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