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Album Review

Fabolous, 'Loso's Way'

July 27, 2009

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Hip-Hop
Fabolous Loso's Way
Def Jam
ESSENTIAL “Imma Do It’’

“Loso’s Way,’’ Fabolous’s fifth album, apparently is an autobiographical look at his past few years, but the thing you learn most is that the MC feels he’s been disrespected by the industry and his peers. The truth is he hasn’t gotten the kind of respect he deserves for his wit and sly flow. This set isn’t very revealing, though, as Fabolous alternates typical gun-toting swagger (who knew he called his gun Nadia? Who cared?) with the kind of clever wordplay that should be keeping other MCs up at night. This is a record simply built to make the Brooklyn-born rapper huge, with cameos from hit monster The-Dream (the incurably hooky “Throw It in the Bag’’), Keri Hilson, Jeremih, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne, among others. But sometimes the host gets lost in the mix. On “Makin Love,’’ the hook singer, Ne-Yo, does as much lifting as the MC. On “Stay,’’ with former Floetry vocalist Marsha Ambrosius, Fabolous pushes away the curtain veiling the rhyme wizard and reveals himself. The result is affecting and real. It’s disconcerting for a New York rapper to rely on song productions as slick as Bernie Madoff, but Fabolous’s narrative skills and cleverness show the way. (Out tomorrow) KEN CAPOBIANCO