The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Nas have all been labeled as the “King Of New York” Rap.
More recently, Fabolous has been mentioned among that hierarchy, even though the Brooklyn rapper says he’s not gunning for the title.
“I’m not aiming for any kind of recognition,” Fabolous says during an interview with MTV News. “I’m just doing what I do. But it’s great that you can get a title of such that isn’t, in this day, self-proclaimed. It’s something that the people actually [say]. That’s always dope.
“I just try to do things for the city as a whole, to bring dope stuff back to New York,” he continues. “Of course, it’s the Mecca of it all. So, I’m just trying to do my part.”
Last month, Fabolous showed his industry heft by featuring a number of top-tier New York artists – including Method Man, Raekwon and Mobb Deep – during his set at New York radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert.
“It was crazy, man,” he says. “That’s a lot of people to deal with. That’s a lot of camps. That’s a lot of time, having to fit. Summer Jam gives you a certain amount of time. But we went really smooth.
“A couple of guys told me, ‘You’re the guy that could’ve put this together,’” he adds. “I didn’t even look at it from that standpoint ever. That was just something I was trying to do for the city, for the show, for Hip Hop. But they were like, ‘You’re one of the few guys who actually could have made this happen.’ So, I got that recognition as well. I was like, ‘Wow. That’s dope.’”
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