Fabolous - There Is No Competition III: Death Comes In 3's (Mixtape Review)

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"There Is No Competition 3" isn't a particularly memorable release. The days of Fabolous' mixtapes being something to write home about has come and gone.

For Christmas, Fabolous was in a giving mood, as the Brooklyn emcee offered fans the third installment in his "There Is No Competition series." While Loso's Way 2 is in the works, Fab hopes this one will tide the masses over.

"Death Comes in 3's" sets the tone for TINC 3, letting listeners know that they won't be hearing the Fabolous that caters to the ladies. "You Don't Know Bout It " keeps Fab on the street shit; corny punch lines ("My nigga moved so much Britney Spears / They gave that boy Fed time") and a weak hook drag this one down, not to mention that the beat consists of repetitive organs. The same can be said for "Swag Champ," at which point the listener has to be asking themselves: why is Fab rapping over such sparse production? He's never been such a personality or vocal presence to carry a track (unlike a Busta Rhymes or Eminem), so what's the point of giving him a few bloops and bleeps to rhyme on?

"TINC 3" isn't short on triteness, but just in case, Trey Songz helps the cause on "Spend It" with, "Bitch niggas be talkin', we just call it pussy poppin." "Black City" at least has some more engaging production, as does "Got That Work," which develops as the track progresses. Jadakiss and Styles P mercifully lend some bars to the project on "B.E.T.," and although neither come with their best, they still force 'Loso to step his game up a bit.

It's not until "Death in the Family," (track 13 of 15) that Fabolous seems to wake up and kick some bars worth replay: "Tough times don't last, but tough people do / I father niggas the way Wayne and Puff reproduced / Lil' rap bastards, runnin' around whitcha snapback caps backwards / Should be in Rap caskets." It is, of course, curious to hear Fab criticizing other emcees for biting his style, but that's a conversation for another day. At the very least, the track provides something to satiate Fab fans momentarily as they wait for his next release.

Fab saves easily the best for last, as Just Blaze provides an epic sound-scape on "Lord Knows" for Fabolous to go in on everyone from your favorite emcee to Plaxico Burress ("Shut the fuck up, Chedder Bob"). The track is a reminder of the chemistry that these two have, as well as what Fab can do when he's interested.

It's not really surprising that There Is No Competition 3 isn't a particularly memorable release. The days of Fabolous' mixtapes being something to write home about has come and gone, but what's troubling is that this is a decidedly lazier release than There Is No Competition 2. Fans can look at it one of two ways: they can opine that either Fab should've left most of this stuff in the recycling bin of his computer, or be thankful for some free material " even if it is of dubious quality. Neither of those choices is a ringing endorsement of TINC 3's quality, and that should tell you everything you need to know about this project.

DX Consensus: "Just a Mixtape"

Listen to Fabolous - There Is No Competition III: Death Comes In 3's

46 Comments

  • MusicFan

    I fucks wit it. Niggas trippin

  • Anonymous

    may be the best mixtape of the year, fuck haters

  • Andre

    4/5 this mixtape is an ode to the old school, with FAB's recycled style that new niggas are clearly biting off. Fab goes in on the dudes that taking all the credit and money w/o paying the dues and respect they owe. The mixtape has a lot of humor and seriousness mixed into it. This is definitely on par with Fabolous great mixtapes. If you haven't heard it, take a listen its worth your time.

  • faboliscious

    this track on utube is a must see http://youtu.be/D_Y8NOLrfuo

  • Anonymous

    Trash. I can't believe this nigga is stuck on doin' this weak shit.

  • Mike

    Fab is one of the best out nowadays. Yeah, maybe he is still underground or not a Mainstream rapper but his style is original and has been duplicated by many. I see you listen to his lyrics so why hate on him when his lyrics are the Shit. Don't jump on his dick now. All of his music has been good.

  • jr88

    am i the only one that think these dudes are corney when they talk about "the trap" or "coke" when they do songs with former cops and dudes that literally wear girl cloths? the game is fucked up foreal.....

  • deez nuts

    Fab u suck....u better keep makin them soft ass songs wit trey songs n neyo.... Nigga u a r n b rapper....go make music for the ladies or stfu....

  • decent tape

    this tape sounds weak copared to the soul tape and thee is no competition but its still a good tape nice concept continiuing with the funeral grieving death concept and also i think he got alot more in store for us but we gotta wait for that on loso's way 2

  • Anonymous

    ****HIP-HOP HISTORY FACTS**** Question: Who was the 1st male west coast artist that Russell Simmons ever signed to Def Jam? Answer: Mel-low (Compton, CA) Mel-low's music video "Blaze It Up" feat Redman was the first music video by a Def Jam artist to ever get banned from being played on BET and MTV. Although Russell Simmons tried so hard to convince MTV and BET to play the video they both continued to refuse to air it saying that that although it was a very well produced video the content was a bit too much. But the "BLAZE IT UP" music video still went on to become an underground hit!!! The video went on to become the #1 video in America on THE BOX ("The Box" was the largest call-in request music video show in America at the time) and it held the top spot for a whopping 8 weeks straight, holding off other artist like Dr Dre, Michael Jackson, and many other recording artist from the top spot. --------TUPAC'S ALLEGED MURDERER------- The BLAZE IT UP video also has a short clip of Orlando Anderson aka "Baby Lane" of the South Side Crips in Compton, CA. Orlando Anderson has been linked as the killer of Tupac. You can see Orlando in the BLAZE IT UP video at min 1:48 - 1:51, Orlando is squatting down in the middle of the dice game wearing a stripe shirt, holding a fist full of money while singing the hook). The night of Tupac's murder, Orlando is the person the can be seen on security video getting beat up in the casino by Suge Knight, Tupac and several other guys. Here's a link to BLAZE IT UP and a few more Mel-low music videos. ***BLAZE IT UP*** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkBPl2MlEGM MONEY, HOUSE, and CLOTHES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDkdi26aFqM B.G. THANG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av8aE2W2n-4 Know your Hip Hop history!!! Be ready and prepared for a new Hip Hip game show coming to TV later this year!

  • David

    The best christmas gift I got this year

  • zedee

    fabolous not only has the gayest rap name ever, he also was involved in the gayest rap beef ever. ray j vs fabolous fab lost BTW. only rapper to ever lose a confrontation with gay ass ray j. fab been out 10 years and hasn't had a hit in 10 years. all hjis albums suck and he is one of the shallowest rappers of all time. gay ass mase clone. cept mase was better. and probably still is. and mase sucked. never met a fab fan that wasnt a faggot. honest. funny how the only time fab attacks people is on twitter or the mic. ray j had him shook in the physical. ray j. HAHA fucking faggot rappers.

    • Chulexico

      You crazy nigga...? 2012 you just don't give a fuck about your life right..nigga lol You no you said some bullshit right... Fab dident get touched By no ray gay.... And damn I never seen... I never in my day... you know what your just a hatin ass nigga...Your probably a tag along type nigga U love drake lil wayne soft niggas and auto tune right? If lil B was poppin u probably love nigga =/ you probably iz that nigga c'mon son =/ but on some not trying to be funny shit Dont ever leave a comment like that EVER! Not even in your next life nigga which I hope every body gets one..So if you do pull some wack ass hatin shit ... I can log in and see your future name probably gonna be (WackAssNigga#93) N imma be like Damn! (WackAssNigga#93)Why you hatin on Fab's son for ! (Martin voice) Lmfao

    • truthman2012

      Nas is gay! Nas be checking other men out. Nas is overrated buy gay clowns. never met a Nas fan who was not bisexual or just straight up homo.

  • diego

    this shit hot uall dont got nothing better to do fuck u

  • tokyo tony

    1993 when rap music was real we had artists like Wu-Tang, 2Pac, Common Sense at the top of the rap game with real lyrics no pop bull shit.... 2012 Drake's R & B album sells 1,247,000... LMFAO is mentioned on a rap site... Lil Wayne sells 1,917,000...(he aight, hes not that good) Jay-Z & Kanye West-Watch The Throne, very well put together amazing album sells less then drake 1,232,000 Common's-The Dreamer/The Believer-Rap Crack sells only 88,000.... Newcomer J. Cole Goes Gold The Roots Sick album Undun sold only 95,000 Lupe is Hated on even tho hes a living legend....Just like Jesus in His time....(hence the FOTP cover)... ......... Ellas.....

    • theCool

      I know I'm hella late on this one, but I couldn't agree more. and that Roots album is so fucking good. And faggots hating on Lupe cuz they think he released Lasers for the clubs and shit. Homies need to be listening to that lyrical content or just toss that stupid fucking album in the trash and keep up with what the man is doing these days. Lupe is gonna be the Nas of this industry as soon as he drops from Atlantic Records. Double Burger With Cheese squashes most rap songs I hear these days. People just suck and they view shit like they know what they're talking about. I can only sit here and read mis-spelling ramblings that end with the word "swag" for so long before I throw on some sinatra and light up an L to kick back and say to myself "What the fuck happened to the passion that use to drive the music? Ja Rule making a comeback? Drake being talked about like he wasn't an actor on Degrassi? Real Talk is fucking dead, and unintelligent faggot trap ass club loving motherfuckers killed it... REAL TALK

    • Mikedaddy

      i AGREE. Finally someone not talking shit just to be talking.

    • Chulexico

      You guys are fucking right ! bring real hip hop BACK!

    • Anonymous

      man i gotta agree lil wayne is overrated and the dope artists can barely sell 100,000 now. Support real hip hop

  • 718rob

    Wack. Go listen to the SOUL Tape.

  • adam_dz

    oh yea "Lord Knows" is a Drake song, isn't it?? It's a waste for either of those 2 dudes to ruin such an epic instrumental.

  • adam_dz

    Whoever wrote this comment hit the nail on the head: "Please faboulous stop rapping. You have been making albums since 2000? [actaully 2001] and not one album or mixtape is worth 4 stars...You just got to stop rapping as a solo artist. you can only make 4 or 5 songs which are dope and thats it." Yea I def agree. His albums usually have a tight single and maybe 3 to 4 other tracks that are decent. The rest be throwaway tracks. Dude cannot hold an album down for himself. He's been making projects for 10 years now and not one of them are actaully memorable. I don't believe any of his albums were better than a "3 out of 5" [although Loso's Way was suprisingly better overall effort than his previous work). Other than that dude needs to stick to his guest verses.

  • Anonymous

    Loso went the fuck in on this mixtape prolly one of the best mixtapes to drop in 2011. I wish he didn't rap on so many southern beats that he rapped on.......... CHECK OUT THE MUSIC http://soundcloud.com/inevitable-success/sets/taste-of-success

  • chelly

    death comes in 3's mix tape super wavey

  • joshua

    Shit is fire. can't stop listening to it

  • Reall Nigga

    YALL KNO THIS MIXTAPE NICE YALL WEAK AF

  • chychy

    rraaaaaaawwwwwwwwwaaaaarrrrrrrr

  • cj

    Fabs is nice with the flow but I think that hes more of a feature rapper, someone to spit 16 bars and done. I really lacks the lyrical content to carry a whole song by himself. Sometimes I think he doesnt give it his 100% which could also be the issue. who knows.

  • dermonti

    I think Fab puts too much emphasis on mixtapes when he's never made an enduring album that people look back at. Fab's music is disposable, so mixtapes make sense, I guess?

  • fastfive

    Fab can rap? Of course he can! but his new fans need to stop hyping him up too much. Hes not built like slaughterhouse.. couple few dope lines here and there but thats about it. The rest of his raps are carried well by his presence and his swagga. Me personally I dont listen to fab no more. Something about him everytime I hear em now just screams 'highschool'. Thats the problem with alot of rappers these days. They're stuck in that box and certain age bracket with they're penmanship. They dont know how to write from different perspective for them to grow as an artist. I hope J Cole dont turn out like that.

  • Azhar

    How can you say the days of Fab releasing memorable mixtapes are over.. His last 2 mixtapes The Soul tape was hot.. and this one hot as well, i think the review was very off... I liked it

  • baba'z boo

    I agree wit da nugga baba

  • baba

    fab just another rapper, nothin special.

  • Anonymous

    ****HIP-HOP HISTORY FACTS**** Question: Who was the 1st male west coast artist that Russell Simmons ever signed to Def Jam? Answer: Mel-low (Compton, CA) Mel-low's music video "Blaze It Up" feat Redman was the first video by a Def Jam artist to ever get banned from being played on BET and MTV. The "BLAZE IT UP" music video became an underground big hit!!! The video went on to become the #1 video in America on THE BOX ("The Box" was the largest call-in request music video show in America at the time) and it stayed there for a whopping 8 weeks straight, holding off Dr Dre, Michael Jackson, and many other top recording artist from the top spot. Here's a link to BLAZE IT UP and a few more Mel-low videos ***BLAZE IT UP*** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkBPl2MlEGM MONEY, HOUSE, and CLOTHES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDkdi26aFqM B.G. THANG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av8aE2W2n-4 Know your Hip Hop history so you can be prepared for the new Hip Hip game show coming to TV later this year!

  • Anonymous

    Please faboulous stop rapping. You have been making albums since 2000? and not one album or mixtape is worth 4 stars. You just got to stop rapping as a soloartist. you can only make 4 or 5 songs which are dope and thats it. Face it you are decent.

  • yawooh

    Dis mixtapes isnt the greatest but when we're talking about veteran artist still releasing mixtapes, Fabs up there with da best of them. Dis was a good mixtape to end the year off rigt

  • balls

    Agreed!!!! Agreed!!!! Aaagggrreeeddd!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i actually thought it was dope. Better than Fif's, and i'm a 50cent fan too

  • ASAPOFWGKTATAYLORBASED

    THIS IS WACK! FUCK SCHOOL! SMOKE WEED! #BASED TAYLOR GANG

  • AtLeastIAintDumb

    LMAO @ not liking ASAP Rocky but calling this a Top 10 of 2011. This mixtape was EXTREMELY average. This review was dead on.

  • Excalibur

    Wow, I couldn't disagree more. This mixtape was one of the Top 10 of 2011 and Fabolous had great production on this one. It is a mixtape you could play straight through and the lyrics were good enough to listen to everything. This and Cold Corner 2 were excellent mixtapes, as opposed to others that HHDX has championed on here that I wasn't too fond of at all (ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, The Weeknd). Saying that Fab's mixtapes aren't worth listening to anymore is a pretty grand statement. I know 50 Cent's aren't, but Fab is one of the few left worth hearing.