Def Jam Hosts “Loso’s Way” Listening Session and Screening [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY -- July 28th, 2009, will mark the beginning of a defining chapter in the career of John Jackson, a.k.a. Fabolous. Over the course of nearly a decade in the game, Fab has amassed money, fame, and Billboard hits, but has yet to truly be recognized as a legend—now, with the release of his fifth studio album, it's time for Loso to finally have his Way.
Tuesday night, in New York City’s Helen Mills Theater, Def Jam Recordings hosted a listening session and screening for Fabolous’s forthcoming Loso’s Way LP and its companion film. Hip-hop media and special guests Green Lantern and DJ Clue were given the first glimpse of Fab’s latest opus. Though familiar tracks “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere” (feat. Keri Hilson and Ryan Leslie), “Throw it in the Bag” (feat. The-Dream), and “Money Goes, Honey Stay” (feat. Jay-Z) were played to a calm reception, the remainder of the album elicited considerably more excitement.
There were no Auto-Tuned club records or dance-themed cuts to be found—only authentic, hard-hitting East Coast hip-hop. The darkly melodic, Alchemist-produced “Lullaby,” finds Loso delivering a lyrical tirade sure to wake up drowsy listeners. On Lil Wayne-assisted street anthem “Salute”, the seasoned emcee demands the respect he deserves, pummeling ear dums with tightly-wound punchlines like, “We will take your whole tribe and I'm the chief n*gga/Your highest title numero uno/I'm not that little pregnant white girl but juno.”
After the album reached its conclusion, the lights were cut and a movie screen was lowered from the ceiling, and the LP's companion film began. Opening with an ill-fated police chase that results in the incarceration of a member of Fabo's crew, Loso’s Way revolves around the central character's struggle between his loyalty to his “street family” and his desire to escape the violence that comes with life as a drug dealer. Featuring cameos by Ed Lover, Styles P, and Ryan Leslie (to name a few), the film offers a gritty, realistic visual accompaniment to Fabo's rhymes—together, the album and movie add up to an experience that fans of authentic East Coast hip-hop won't want to miss.