After five years of heralded mixtapes and delayed studio albums, Fabolous has finally made his return with The Young OG Project, an LP that pays homage to '90s hip hop. "It's a couple different plays on Young OG. One, if you look to the cover, my son is on there. He's kind of a young me," Fab told Fuse. "Also it's an assemblage of my track record and what I'm doing in the game. I kind of came in the game around '98, '99, and I'm still here."
On the album, Fabolous embraces his '90s origins. "Hip hop became, to me, in my cares, of what I thought my teenage years were about. Hip hop had a huge impact on that—learning from artists and what they did and how they did it...also the older guys around my way and seeing what they listen to and what was cool to them," he explained. "The '90s, that was me growing from a young kid into a teenager into a young adult. That's why it's so influential to me, that's why it's so impactful that I learned a lot of stuff in that period of time to be who I am today."
Even with his nostalgic tendencies, the rapper makes sure to avoid sounding derivative. "I didn't want to date the project by trying to only give a sound that only certain people would cater to now. I wanted to fuse some of the artists of now, maybe some of the drums, but still have the feel and the vibe of the '90s in there," he revealed. "I wanted the flows to be new. I wanted the language to be new. I didn't want it to be stale or not be understood by a generation. It's definitely going to be a project, if you know it, if you know the '90s, gonna vibe and even probably bring up some memories."
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