Most people have gotten to know Fabolous from his recent contribution to Lil’ Mo’s single and video, “Superwoman Pt. II.” But true heads know that this 21-year-old Brooklyn native is no newcomer to the rap game. Back in 1998, mixtape king DJ Clue invited Fabolous to audition for one of his tapes.

After hearing his barbed rhymes and smooth flow, Clue signed him to Desert Storm Records, the new label he and his production partner, Duro, had formed. Since then, Fabolous has been making his name on Clue’s mixtapes and albums while finding time to bless R&B tracks such as 702’s remix of “Where My Girls At” and Mariah Carey’s remake of “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.” But all that’s just a warmup for the main event — the Sept. 18 release of his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous. The first single, “Can’t Deny It” featuring Nate Dogg, already is starting to surface on the radio, and the rest of the album boasts tracks produced by Clue, Duro, Rockwilder, The Neptunes, Timbaland and Rick Rock.