Fabolous will be bringing his own goodies to the table on Thanksgiving, starting with his Summertime Shootout mixtape dropping on Nov. 26. A month later, he’ll be rolling out his Young OG Project 2 album on Christmas — making like a hip-hop Santa Claus.
While the Brooklyn rapper — who just ushered in his 38th birthday in style for a ’90s Platinum-themed party — is well-versed in spitting hashtaggable bars on the fly (see: his Friday Night Freestyles ‘tape and his There Is No Competition series). He also has a great ear for R&B beats.
Here’s a look back at 10 of Loso’s most soulful songs from his entire catalog.
10. “Thim Slick” (The S.O.U.L. Tape 3 in 2013)
This love note to the Coke bottle-shaped ladies gets extra oomph from Jeremih’s whispery vocals.
9. “Mo Brooklyn, Mo Harlem, Mo Southside” (The S.O.U.L. Tape in 2011)
8. “Situationships” (The S.O.U.L. Tape 3 in 2013)
Loso lays out the complications of dating, weaving in memorable scenes from the streetwise flick Baby Boy and syndicated classic Martin.
7. “Leaving You” (The S.O.U.L. Tape in 2011)
Here, Fabo sneaks in life lessons when he vents about relationships woes. Sample line: “Your strongest enemies the one who know ya weak spot.”
6. “Stay” feat. Marsha Ambrosius (Loso’s Way in 2009)
Fabolous reflects in bars on becoming a father as well as remembering the dad he never had. Marsha Ambrosius also contributes a heartbreaking hook.
5. “We Get High” *The S.O.U.L. Tape 2 in 2012)
That Michael Franks’ “St. Elmo’s Fire” sample, though.
4. “Baby” (Real Talk in 2004)
Tapping Mike Shorey for hook duty, Fab two-steps onto the beat with one question: Can you be my B-A-B-Y?
3. “My Life” feat. Mary J. Blige (Street Dreams in 2003)
A young John Jackson waxes poetic about his come-up alongside the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul.
2. “Beauty” (The S.O.U.L. Tape 2 in 2012)
The Araab Muzik production takes a cue from Submotion Orchestra’s sensual offering “Perfection.”
1. “Into You” (Street Dreams in 2003)
Loso solidified his knack for rap&B duets with this Tamia-assisted number.