Loso's Way

Eight years, five albums, and two mixtapes ago, a young Fabolous was destined, hell, appointed even, to run shit. Today, however, he stands as a Vince Carter of rap: flash in abundance, manifest credibility, yet no trophies and accolades to validate an otherwise wildly successful career.

His latest album, Loso’s Way, is a bit of a head-scratcher, conceptually. Outside of the brief “Welcome To My Workplace,” there’s no central narrative to correlate album and movie, a short film [very] "loosely based on his real life," or even Carlito’s Way, the flick he coined the album’s inspiration from. The truth of the matter is that it’s a poor disguise for the same album Fab’s been feeding us since his 2001 debut, Ghetto Fabolous.

Clearly audible, however, is ever-ready A-List lyricism and a dependable wit that’s crafted records already serenading the street this summer. Any Brooklyn pedestrian can vouch that “Salute” (featuring Lil’ Wayne) made for a fast favorite among the jeep-driving constituent, along with the reupholstered, Hov-assisted “Money Goes, Honey Stay (When The Money Goes).”

Essentially, what you’re paying (or don't front, zsharing) for is yet another extraordinarily average album from Fabolous. His gumbo of girls, guns, glamour and Gucci is an age-old Fab recipe, which wouldn't be an issue for core fans to digest, if it wasn't a sound being reworked feverishly by a new generation of heartthrobs, and in some cases, better, a la Drake. A point which begs the question, why wasn’t the “Throw It In The Bag” remix included on the album? Better yet, why wasn’t the “Throw It In The Bag” remix the original in the first place? Really, we shouldn't be surprised, though. We should have seen this coming. —Shawn Lawrence James

Loso's Way