Fabolous Makes 'Street Dreams' A Reality

Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com.

On the verge of releasing his second disc, "Street Dreams," Fabolous seems unfazed by the thought of a sophomore jinx: The Brooklyn, N.Y., native looks set to repeat the success of his debut, "Ghetto Fabolous," with the Desert Storm/Elektra project, due March 4.

"Ghetto Fabolous" has sold 1.04 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Therefore, Desert Storm decided to keep the musical formula the same, while still allowing the rapper to grow.

"This album is in the same vein stylistically as Ghetto Fabolous," Desert Storm co-CEO Duro says. "He has, however, grown as an artist. He's traveled the world and grown as a lyricist. 'Street Dreams' showcases that maturity. This album will solidify him as one of the top lyricists overall. It proves that the first album wasn't a fluke."

Fabolous agrees. "I got a lot of compliments on the last album. With this album, I was really trying to lead [from] where I left off on the last one."

"'Street Dreams' talks about where he came from," Elektra Records senior director of marketing Al Branch says. "Like most people who came from low-income housing, we have these same dreams of becoming successful. He's done that with his first album. Now, it's time to get deeper and more personal."

The rapper's current single -- "Can't Let You Go," which features Mike Shorey and Elektra labelmate Lil' Mo -- showcases that personal side. The song is currently No. 35 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

On the new-media front, Branch promises that the artist's site (fabolous.net) will feature a variety of exclusives. Fabolous will also make various TV appearances; he recently co-hosted BET's 106 & Park Prime with Lil' Mo.

Fabolous recently launched a tour of Boys & Girls Clubs. "A lot of the younger kids like the music I make," says Fabolous. "They look up to artists like me, so I wanted to give them something back."

Excerpted from the March 8, 2003, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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