New York, NY -- July 28th, 2009, will mark the beginning of a defining chapter in the career of John Jackson, a.k.a.
. Over the course of nearly a decade in the game, Fab has amassed money, fame, and
hits, but has yet to truly be recognized as a legend—now, with the release of his fifth studio album, it's time for
to finally have his
Tuesday night, in New York City’s Helen Mills Theater,
Def Jam Recordings
hosted a listening session and screening for Fabolous’s forthcoming
LP and its companion film. Hip-hop media and special guests
were given the first glimpse of Fab’s latest opus. Though familiar tracks “
), and “Money Goes, Honey Stay” (feat.
) were played to a calm reception, the remainder of the album elicited considerably more excitement.
There were no Auto-Tuned club records or dance-themed cuts to be found—only authentic, hard-hitting East Coast hip-hop. The darkly melodic,
-produced “Lullaby,” finds Loso delivering a lyrical tirade sure to wake up drowsy listeners. On
-assisted street anthem “Salute”, the seasoned emcee demands the respect he deserves, pummeling ear dums with tightly-wound punchlines like, “
We will take your whole tribe and I'm the chief n*gga/Your highest title numero uno/I'm not that little pregnant white girl but juno.
After the album reached its conclusion, the lights were cut and a movie screen was lowered from the ceiling, and the LP's companion film began. Opening with an ill-fated police chase that results in the incarceration of a member of Fabo's crew,
revolves around the central character's struggle between his loyalty to his “street family” and his desire to escape the violence that comes with life as a drug dealer. Featuring cameos by
(to name a few), the film offers a gritty, realistic visual accompaniment to Fabo's rhymes—together, the album and movie add up to an experience that fans of authentic East Coast hip-hop won't want to miss.