Fabolous Says Being Labeled Underrated Only Makes Him Work Harder

Fabolous comments on constantly being referred to as underrated, speaks on the release of his debut "Ghetto Fabolous."

When the lyrical styling’s of Brooklyn rapper Fabolous are brought up, the word “underrated” is bound to makes its way into the conversation at least once or twice.

During a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, Loso revealed that despite being well aware of the underrated label he’s constantly given, he’s unclear as to why he’s remained underrated after all these years. The rapper also revealed that the critiques tend to encourage him to work harder with his music.  

“I can’t call it man. I actually use it as something to help motivate me man,” said Fabolous when asked about being one of the most underrated in the game. “I think when you’re doing things for a long time you need to find challenges to keep you on your A-game and keep you working hard at it. So I use that as a challenge for me. If I don’t got everybody’s attention that makes me work harder to get other people’s attention and I think certain people get it, I don’t know why. I think everybody has gotten it to the point, ‘Yo Fab can rap,’ but I think somehow it just gets forgot. I don’t know if I’m not doing enough animated stuff, or drama, or reality shows, or whatever it takes nowadays. But I think people get that I can rap and they get that I represent it well and represent the city well as well.”

While appearing on The Combat Jack Show, Fabolous also took himself back to September 11, 2001 the day that his album Ghetto Fabolous was released and the day the attack on the World Trade Center took place.

“I woke up to someone telling me everything was canceled. So I’m like, ‘What did Jay do man? Why would he do this man?’ I thought the big dog Jay just shut down my operation. I didn’t understand,” the rapper explained. “And they like ‘Nah, nah, turn on the TV.’ And the first image I saw come on on the TV was a plane flying into the building…I kinda personalized it. It kinda felt like a black cloud over the situation. Over me and over my situation. But it ended up, I think I did 144,000 units that first week. So people came out and they still wanted some music. Even in a time of crisis people would like to listen to some music, maybe even to take their mind off of the crisis.”

Fabolous is currently preparing for the November 22 release of The S.O.U.L. Tape 2.

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28 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Fab you are not underrated, you are just not good enough! You cant carry a album of your own. You are good for 4 dope songs, 4 okay songs and 6 weak songs on a album. Go in a group with 3 others rappers thats better for you. Today every rapper things he can go solo.

  • OriginalFoy

    Food for thought, Fab has more quotable lines than most of the top five hottest rappers in the game now. He is one of if not the only NY rapper that blew up after the 90's and is still relevant with yearly hits and still killing the bars... Yet he still doesn't get the props he deserves.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ dude obviously doesn't listen to Fab's mixtapes. Fab can spit for real, some of his references prolly just go over your head

    • TaZzZ

      Quotables don't make careers or Chino XL would have 2pac status... Careers are built on songwriting and the ability to put together cohesive, digestible albums. Fab has had staying power cuz he built a strong foundation and has mainstream appeal, but he's no lyrical genius. Honestly, after Real Talk he hasn't put out a single solid project, all thrown together mixtapes and half-ass albums. I love dude, but he needs solid vision and work ethic like he used to have if he expects to make a comeback...

  • BLACK

    TOO BAD U ALWAYS GONNA BE THE UNDERRATED NIGGA...

  • Anonymous

    Loso's Way was a dope album, but underpromoted.

    • Darius

      That was Fab's only #1 album so I doubt lack of promotion was what stopped it's success. Albums don't sell that well and Fab was never a huge seller to begin with. Unless he goes on a Wayne type of run(where he was on damn near everyone's song for about 2 years) he's not going to get any bigger than he already is.

  • Rahbangem

    http://youtu.be/B5LvPYJnYtQ Copy n paste^ New music from (money team ) $$$ MACITY (SHOW LOVE))

  • Rahbangem

    http://youtu.be/B5LvPYJnYtQ Copy n paste^ New music from (money team ) $$$ MACITY (SHOW LOVE)

  • Anonymous

    What is his best album? I give him a chance.

  • Fuck Fabolous & His Family

    Wouldn't it be OVERrated???

  • Anonymous

    nah this nigga is wrong he is fuckin OVERRATED

  • Anonymous

    Don't see how this nigga underrated. He has two plat records, two gold records, and a record that atleast did 300k, plus this nigga dropped some really really nice mixtapes. He not buzzin like some of the other rappers because he been in the game for 11 years and he not talkin stupid shit like some of these other niggas like shyne tryin to stay relevant. If he approaches this next album like his mixtapes the shit will be fire

  • Fabolous - Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power

    1. Rise to Power (Intro) 2. By Your Side feat. Faith Evans (Produced by Just Blaze) 3. Can't Stop Me feat. Pharrell & Pusha T (Produced by The Neptunes) 4. I Tried feat. Jordin Sparks (Produced by Dr. Luke) 5. Death Wish feat. Freddie Gibbs (Produced by Ski Beatz) 6. So NY (Produced by Just Blaze) 7. Real Hip Hop feat. J. Cole (Produced by J. Cole) 8. Something Else feat. Nas (Produced by Just Blaze) 9. Look At Her (Produced by Bink!) 10. Shine feat. Jeremih (Produced by StarGate) 11. Without You feat. Ryan Leslie & Joe Budden (Produced by Ryan Leslie) 12. Livin' the Life feat. Keri Hilson (Produced by T-Minus) 13. Wild Out feat. The LOX (Produced by Sean C & LV) 14. One More Step feat. Meek Mill & Stalley (Produced by Jahlil Beats) 15. All for the Love feat. Bruno Mars (Produced by The Smeezingtons) 16. Power feat. Marsha Ambrosius (Produced by Just Blaze) Deluxe 17. Let's Go feat. Young Jeezy, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, Cam'ron & Vado (Produced by Cardiak) 18. Star of the State (Produced by Kane Beatz) 19. Turn Up feat. Lil Wayne (Produced by StreetRunner)

    • BKNYKid

      This fake tracklist is funny but part of the reason why Fab fails.... he works with WAY too many features on his albums. At this point in his career, why all the big name R&B features? Why all the syrupy radio/girl songs? He's a talented enough artist to hold down a full length by himself with limited features. I don't wanna see anymore of these excessive R&B features and blatant radio attempts. It's time to take some risks nigga... branch out and experiment and/or jump out on a limb like Jay-Z did... discover your own artists (vocalists or rappers) and utilize their talents on your album.... hold an album down yourself with limited features and the features you do choose... MAKE THEM COUNT and collab with people that fit or can adapt to your sound. The Nas feature on this fictional tracklist would be an ill surprise... Grab Kanye West for a feature and production... Maybe get Just Blaze to produce the whole album save for 2 or 3 tracks... Wow us... no more of the routine Fabolous albums that seem to have the exact tracklist as the album before it.....

  • Anonymous

    Jay must really have some power behind the scenes if Fab thought he pulled the plug on Ghetto Fab. Hov definetly would not have been worried of Fab coming out that date. Fabo probably was like numb 20 on the charts that day

  • FABULOUS

    Fab's underachieving ass will never blow like he was supposed to. The problem is that he never builds on his momentum. After each album, he usually gets at least a couple radio hits. But when it take the man another 3-4 years to come out with another album. I now he releases mixtapes and shit, but he needs to focus on them LPs.

    • Anonymous

      Co-sign. Dude have two platinum and two gold selling LP, only "Loso's Way" never achieved any plaque, but it was still a surprisingly dope project. Other than you said, one more thing that would be important: he should concentrate his best materials. Fabolous shouldn't finish his career without a classic album under his belt. I don't care if he'll doing LP's filled with radio jams (cause admit it, he is doing that damn well too), just make something undeniable.

  • Anonymous

    Check out "Perfection Is A Theory" by Sivil! Album of the year! http://sivilmusic.tumblr.com/PerfectionIsATheory

  • Dont matter

    This nigga is the most overrated underrated nigga ever, he has had way more opportunity and promotion than alot of rappers that are more relevant than he is, he has had 5 albums and countless mixtapes, its about time he stopped being looked at as underrated and just underachieving. I know its alot of politics in the game but this nigga 11 years in by now u gotta figure this shit out and make it work.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous, Lloyd Banks, Red Cafe underrated, 3 of the best

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