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Right out of the gate in 2001, Fabolous scored a bit hit, "Can't Deny It," that established him as a rising East Coast rap star, and the song's combination of street-savvy toughness and pop-crossover appeal was representative of the rapper himself. Streetwise and hardened yet young and graced with poster-boy looks, the Brooklyn rapper (born John Jackson) was one of the first East Coast MCs to embrace the bling bling mentality of the South as well as the gangsta swagger of the West Coast, all the while incorporating a subtle undercurrent of pop-rap into his music. He was among the first of a new breed of New York City rappers, later to include 50 Cent most notably, who were able to crossover well among multiple markets without losing street credential. His youth was key but so was his bravado, and when Fabolous could balance this persona optimally and find himself a production formula to fit, commercial success resulted.
His breakthrough single, "Can't Deny It" -- a Rick Rock production featuring a 2Pac sample and a Nate Dogg feature, as well as a catchy hook -- preceded his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous (2001), and generated quite a bit of buzz. The album also featured production work by the Neptunes, but only managed one other single, "Young'n," which failed to match the success of "Can't Deny It." However, when Fabolous returned in 2003 with his sophomore album, Street Dreams, he capitalized on his initial renown, racking up three major hits: "Trade It All," "Can't Let You Go," and "Into You" -- the latter two breaking into the Top Five of Billboard's Hot 100. Later that year, More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape hit stores just in time for the holiday season. Comprised of various street-level recordings originally released on mixtapes, this compilation didn't spawn any hits, but it did reaffirm Fabolous' hip-hop credentials in the wake of his string of pop-crossover singles. The following year brought with it another album, Real Talk, which didn't offer any major pop-crossover hits ("Baby" was a minor one) yet did boast a monster Just Blaze production, "Breathe," which further shored up Fabolous' hip-hop credentials.
The young rapper took most of 2005 and 2006 off, and shortly before the scheduled release of his next album, in late 2006, he made headlines when he was shot in the leg and subsequently charged with weapons possession (police found two guns in the car that transported him to the hospital). His record label, Def Jam, deemed this good publicity and moved to rush-release his upcoming album, From Nothing to Something.
Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide
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