Release Date: Jul 28, 2009
Record label: Def Jam
One of rap’s most renewable resources, Fabolous can always be counted on to provide many of the same things on each of his albums. His fifth full-length disc, Loso’s Way, delivers on every front once again: a bundle of rewind-worthy punchlines, some cleverer-than-average crime stories (”I Miss My Love”), and a handful of tracks where he’s smart or humble enough to stand aside and allow an enormous R&B hook to work its magic (”Makin Love,” ”Last Time”). Better still, Loso’s Way adds a brand-new element to Fab’s proven formula via ”Stay,” a genuinely sensitive meditation on becoming a father.
A concept album from a punch line rapper is an unattractive proposition, so it's fortunate that Loso's Way strays off topic even more than Jay-Z's American Gangster. Named after Fabolous' own feature film -- made available in a limited-edition version of the album -- Loso's Way is inspired by the Al Pacino vehicle Carlito's Way. Past a track named after the character "Pachanga" plus a couple other references within the rhymes, this is actually a standard issue Fabolous album with big singles, plenty of laugh-out-loud lyrics, and the usual redundancy.