Drake credits Fabolous for influencing ‘Everything For Me’

Drake have given Fabulous his flowers, and hailed the Brooklyn rapper as a major influence on his career.

That Her loss hitmaker showed love to Loso on his Instagram Stories on Sunday (January 15) by posting a series of photos of Shootout in the summer copywriter along with a few complimentary words.

“Wouldn’t be anywhere without this guy real shit @myfabolouslife,” Drake wrote alongside a photo of a young Fab rocking a New Jersey Nets jersey, baggy white T-shirt, durag and backwards cap.

He added: “Really just taking in how much you affected everything for me.”

Drake also posted a throwback photo of Fabolous wearing an Orlando Magic jersey and matching cap, as well as a photo of him on the cover of Taste DVD magazine in 2005.

Fabolous, like Drizzy over the past 14 years, found success in the 2000s by combining slick lyricism and smooth charisma with party-starting hits and R&B collaborations that showed off his sensitive thug side.

After catching the attention of DJ Clue and signing to his Desert Storm imprint, Fab broke into the mainstream in 2001 with his platinum-certified debut album Ghetto Fabolouswhich spawned the hits “Can’t Deny It” featuring Nate Dogg and The Neptunes-produced “Young’n (Holla Back).”

Follow-up albums like Street dreams, Honest talk and From nothing to something only cemented Fab as one of the defining rappers of his generation as he remained a fixture on the radio and the charts thanks to hits like “Can’t Let You Go,” “Into You,” and “Make Me Better.”

The Bed-Stuy native was equally known for his fly fashion sense, helping to popularize the oversized sports jersey trend through iconic outfits in music videos like “Can’t Deny It,” “Basketball,” and “Trade It All (Remix). ” “Did Mitchell & Ness ever try to sponsor you?” he once boasted.

Fab’s blue throwback Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers jersey and bandana-over-the-cap ensemble in the former certainly made an impression on Drake, who recreated the look at his 2000s-themed 32nd birthday bash in 2018.

The pair even worked together in 2009, when a then-rising Drizzy joined Fabolous and The-Dream on the remix to “Throw It in the Bag” before appearing on Chris Brown’s star-studded “Deuces (Remix)” the following year alongside Andrew 3000, Kanye West, Rick Ross and YOU

While there have been few collaborations between them since then, Fab liked Drake’s “Champagne Poetry” and “Churchill Downs” track with Jack Harlow last year, dropped its own versions called “Reposado Poetry” and “Ups & Downs Freestyle,” respectively.

However, things were not always so harmonious between Drake and Fabolous. In a 2014 interview with Rolling stonesThe OVO Sound boss threw shade at Loso when asked about Kanye West’s lyrics on Yeezus.

“There were some real questionable bars in there, like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say shit like that,” he said.

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After his remarks caused a stir, Drake refused to comment on Ye’s Yeezus rhymes during conversation and swore off all magazine interviews, calls the press “evil”.

As Fabolous revealed in an interview with MTV News later that year, the Toronto native apologized to him and that it was all quickly put to bed.

“I talked to Drake a little bit after,” he said. “I ran into him at a Jordan Brand event and he was disgusted by how the press would instigate a story — make it seem worse than it was to be a story.”

He added: “He apologized that I was even brought into this whole mess. I was shocked. From the conversation where they were talking about Jay and Kanye, it definitely seemed like my name came up in that mix.

“It’s over, it’s under the bridge. I got a lot of respect for what Drake does and he’s expressed to me personally, so we’ll go from there.”

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