UPDATE: Fabolous levels up strong and drops the summer-closing mixtape, Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up. Featuring 13 tracks, Fab one-ups the previous installment by actually dropping it in the summertime and delivering a grab-and-go over records by Rihanna, A-Boogie, Future and more. Guest features come from Wale, Lil Uzi Vert, Jazzy, Dave East, and Don Q; with production from Sonaro, Don Cannon, !llmind, araabMuzik, and more.
Original article posted on July 20
"It's all about that level up..."
Nicki Minaj told us a year ago, but for the most part Fabolous has been on a wear and tear since... well, for a good minute now. Picking up from where he left off last year, a banner run that produced championed works like Friday Night Freestyles and Summertime Shootout, the Young OG continues to run a marathon with his stream of rubberneck-worthy remixes.
Between January and the date of this post, he unleashed nine nostalgia-enduced freestyles that, individually and collectively, pack a punch that equates to nothing less than an array of flame emojis.
The Brooklyn rap bully steals the show on the Meek Mill and Jadakiss featured "All the Way Up" remix with lines like, "I know the Bad Boys in Brooklyn, they ain't with the Puffy tour." On streetsweepers like "Panda," he snatches the rock like a burglar on verses like, "I know some ni—as that'll flatline you, get you robbed (Rob'd) like Blac Chyna." When it comes to cultural moments like Kobe Bryant's final game, he flips them into his own cultural capital on records like "Black Mamba," which finds him using Jay Z's "Encore" instrumental as his own game of pick up ("They ain't got 5 rings of they own, but these peasant ni—as still try kings on the throne"). Altogether, these moments only add extra depth to the ongoing conversation regarding Fabolous' reign as one of the last real lyricists around.
Aware of this fact, the BK emcee aims to carry on this streak with a sequel to last year's stellar Summertime Shootout and just yesterday (July 19) he delivered his ninth freestyle of the year to prove it. "We on that Summertime Shootout 2 now," he advises over A Boogie's "My Sh*t," before dropping an apparent disclaimer of his mission: "We pulling up like, "F—k it's at now."
As he's done since 2009's Loso's Way, Fab will once again eschew the label politics with Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up.
No release date has been set, but the tape is sure to feature his latest take on A Boogie's "My Sh*t" and as far as bars goes, we have the impressive set here to prove just where the Boy is going to take it.
"Level up, level up... it's all about the level up..."