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Mixtape: The S.O.U.L. Tape
Essential Info: Fabolous has always had a knack for boosting R&B songs with his slick verses. Check the discography: Jamie Foxx’s “She Got Her Own,” Lil Mo’s “Superwoman, Part II,” Trey Songz’s “Say Aah” — the list goes on. So the Bed-Stuy rapper new mixtape inspired by soul music — The S.O.U.L. Tape — is long overdue.
Fab revealed the mixtape’s title and cover art on Monday. According to one of his Twitter posts, The S.O.U.L. Tape will be out April 21,
Fabolous’ last mixtape was 2010′s There Is No Competition 2, which spawned his Ryan Leslie-produced hit “You Be Killin’ Em.” The S.O.U.L. Tape was originally slated for a February release, and its title was chosen via a makeshift Twitter poll. “I did the poll to get people interactive with it and see what names they would come up with,” Fab told XXLMag.com in late January. “I’m doing it over all old soul-sampled beats, so I wanted to keep the word ‘soul’ within the title. A lot of people picked Soul Survivor or really attached it to There Is No Competition because they are already familiar with that and that’s one of the mixtape monikers for me. But I wanted to keep it separate from There Is No Competition, even though that name is winning [in the poll]. I might actually go with the third option which is The S.O.U.L. Tape.”
During NBA All-Star Weekend, Ne-Yo told MTV News that he and Fabolous were working on a joint hip-hop and R&B project in the mold of R. Kelly’s and Jay-Z’s Best of Both Worlds album.
Fabolous’ next proper album, Loso’s Way 2, is due later this year.
Mixtape: Benjamin Flocka
Starring: Waka Flocka Flame with DJ Love Dinero and DJ Teknik
Essential Info: Waka Flocka isn’t letting his partner-in-rhyme Gucci Mane’s trouble with the law slow down his hustle. The Atlanta trap rapper drops a mixtape jam-packed with local rap clientele (Tity Boi, Rocko), his Brick Squad Monopoly team (Wooh Da Kid, Frenchie, YG Hootie, P Smurf and Bo Deal) and, of course, Gucci. Waka’s new video for “Grove St. Party,” a bonus cut on the mixtape, was last week’s MTV Jam of the Week.
Make sure to tune in to MTV News’ “RapFix Live” on Wednesday at 4 p.m. as Waka sits down with Sway to answer your questions.
Other Heat This Week
» The Empire – Southern Slang 24
» Fabolous – Coco Loso 3
» Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti – Cocaine Cowboys
» Big Mike – R&B Jumpoff 2K11
» Meek Mill – I’m Mike Vickin’ It
» Superstar Jay – I Am Mixtapes 81 (hosted by Waka Flocka Flame)
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