Following up on his "Summertime Shootout" project from last year, Fabolous rebounds and scores with the "Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up" mixtape.
It's Young OG, the motivator!
The tape consist of 14 tracks with features from Rihanna, Wale, Dave East, Trey Songz, DJ Drama, Lil’ Uzi Vert and more. Produced by araabMUZIK, Mark Henry, !LLMIND and more.
Kid Loso opens up the mixtape with a skit title 'Wake Up,' where Fab is having a conversation with a shorty, who's expressing how he has changed and it's time to level up. The Young OG launches like a rocket in 'To The Sky' featuring Shake, who brings the R&B hook. What I admire most about Fabolus is, he never disappoints when it comes to wordplay, the literary aspects of them and the application of wordplay in poetry and writing. As well as, the sequence of metaphors and similes. He has a mean pen game, although Fab's flow is nice.
In the next track, Fabolous keeps his benjamins in style in 'Goyard Bag' and Lil’ Uzi Vert stacks it up with 16 bars. Wale comes through in 'Faith In Me,' slows it down a little over some tranquil and monotonous instrumentals. Rihanna and Trey Songz sang a ballad each on the song 'Sex With Me' and make their lyrics dance between the sheets. Fabolous gets his flex on as the track switches it up and samples the Caribbean classic Mad Cobra joint, 'Flex.' Kid Loso has another phone conversation, sounds more like a booty call and goes into '4AM Flex' featuring Tory Lanez.
There's more but you have to hit the play button and plug to the mixtape below. And oh, Fabolous drops some gems in this mixtape but you just have to figure out which ones they are and catch them yourself. Fab does his thing as Hip Hop philosopher like usual and still remains top 5 of all time.
Check it out below.
1. "It ain't about the sprint/ it's about the marathon."
Basically, enjoy the journey for that is where the destination is. And it's not how fast you run, but the purpose of the race.
2. "I chase the money like Joe Budden do Drake fans."
Lol, funny but Fabolous makes his point about being on his paper chase.
3. "Look, I'm tryna grab a Dame and Dash/ get back on the Freeway./ Shawty went to Memphis/ brought it back up to BK./ Hard knock life/ Bentley back to the PJs."
Fabolous cleverly utilized members of the classic Roc A Fella crew and Jay Z's 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)' which appeared on the classic 1998 "(Volume 2) Hard Knock Life" album and Jigga's hometown, to tell a story constructed in wordplay format.
4. "Shinin' like a diamond/ I guess I been under pressure lately."
The pressures of life are designed to mold and shape you, it helps build character and helps you discover the light at the end of the tunnel, is yourself in order to shine. It's a transformation process, like the coal turning into a diamond, the pressure is necessary because it is what births the diamond.
"Real ones might fall back but they don't fall off."
Hmmm, it's the bounce in the real ones and each time, they level up.