With legends like The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z hailing from Brooklyn, rappers from the borough have a lot to live up to. None have done so more than Fabolous.
On May 12, Fab surprised his hometown by doing two surprise performances as a part of the Vevo GoShow series. Since his 2001 debut album Ghetto Fabolous, Fab has been one of the most consistent emcees in music. His new mixtape, The S.O.U.L Tape, is a perfect blend of the 33-year-old's laid back lazy flow over smooth soulful production.
For his first song, Fab performed on the borough's largest landmark: the Brooklyn Bridge. Passers-by quickly turned into spectators once they realized who was performing.
The real show came at Vinnie's Styles later that evening. The clothing store was packed wall-to-wall by the time Fabolous arrived, leaving some fans outside forced to watch the performance through the store's glass windows.
Fabolous opened with "Really Tho" and followed with "Leaving You," arguably the most soulful song on the tape. Fab performed "Yall Don't Hear Me Tho" for a second time that day, and Red Café made a surprise appearance and filled in his verse from the encore song.
As Fab started to close the show his DJ, Reg West, interrupted and started to play a song. Fab looked at him and then to the crowd. "I guess it would only be right," he said. Next, "Brooklyn" blared through the speakers and the crowd began to chant the name of their borough as Fab rapped his ode to BK.
By Brandon Neasman for Us Weekly.