Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power—Fabolous (2011)
“With Loso’s Way 2, I just want to keep growing with the music. I’ve evolved as a man, as an artist, as a father and as a brother. So I want to evolve with the music as well. I want the music to feel bigger, yet still entertain people. I just want to make big records, and that doesn’t mean they have to have superstar artists on them. I’m grabbing beats and dragging them back to my cave. I got it in with DJ Toomp. I got in with the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. And I’m working with a lot of young producers too because they have this hunger. Not to take a jab at the old guys, but sometimes they need a little jab. The celebrity of being a successful producer starts to come out. Now it’s a super schedule thing where we got to fly to Dubai and record tracks [laughs]. And it’s more about the music for me. I like the hungry, up-and-coming producers who give you that fire and sleep on your studio floor. Hip-Hop needs that kind of energy again. The fans and artists need that.
I want my legacy to be somebody who left his stamp on the game as far as making great music and being able to do it time and time again. There’s not many artists I know who can stand the test of time. I was kicking it with Jay-Z and telling him about him and Biggie and how Biggie would have been today. He told me he had the utmost respect for Biggie. As far as us being from Brooklyn, Biggie is like God. But Jay said no matter what the one thing that Biggie would have had to do like I had to do was evolve. And that’s the only thing we didn’t get the chance to see from BIG.
When you turn on Biggie you are listening to that ’94-’95 Notorious BIG that still sounds great. But it would have been great to see if he would have been able to continue to do it because he departed before his time. When Jay said that to me, that was powerful. That’s something that speaks to your longevity. I want to stand the test of time.”