by Paul Cantor
Fabolous' Gangsta Grillz There Is No Competition 2 mixtape, which dropped last March, arguably garnered more adoration from hip-hop fans than his last album Loso’s Way, which was released in July 2009. The tape ultimately spawned an August retail release of the project, There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP, which yielded the Ryan Leslie-produced hit single “You Be Killin Em.” As Fab continues prepping his sixth full length album, Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power, due in March, fans of the Brooklyn MC can look for another Loso mixtape during the first weeks of February.
“I’m doing it over all old soul sampled beats,” he told XXL. “So I wanted to keep the world ‘soul’ within the title. [In a twitter poll 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.’ The first one that was winning was ‘Rest The Souls of the Competition.’ That’s kinda like playing into There Is No Competition 2 and the next one is ‘TINC 2.5: Soul Survivor.’ But I’m trying to steer away from that because that’s its own brand. I want to steer away from both of those and just call it ‘The S.O.U.L. Tape.’ ”
Fab explained that this forthcoming project isn’t part of the There Is No Competition series, and that as a result, he may not have a DJ involved as a host although DJ Drama helmed his last two projects.
“For a while there hasn’t been a tape without a DJ since like maybe Drake’s tape or Lil Wayne’s tape,” he said. “... I think I want to do it without — just music. Its kinda one of those tapes that I want people to just sit through and listen and really hear the lyrics. DJs bring it back sometimes or they’re talking on top of it.”
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