Fabolous Reflects On His First-Ever 'Summertime Shootout' Pop-Up Shop At Art Basel
Rappers love to flock down to Miami every year to embrace the sights and sounds of Art Basel. As the creative ambiance of fine art found in numerous lavish galleries fuels artists of kinds to expand their minds, fans are treated to star studded festival.
While a handful of rappers hosted their own shows and art events, Fabolous came down with a different mission in mind. At the peak of Art Basel Miami, the Brooklyn rapper hosted his Summertime Shootout x FLOH Vodka Paint and Sip event inside Lulu’s Laboratorium in the heart of Wynwood.
The night began when Fab and his invited guests participated in a live painting session. Revered artists like Sue Tsai and other art enthusiasts were in the building to craft unique pieces. Fabolous turned into Fablo Picasso as he flexed his paintbrush skills in an attempt to create a new painting of his own. Once everyone completed their impromptu masterpieces, Fab hit the gallery to showcase and sell his other works of art based on his Summertime Shootout mixtapes.
“I just helped with the design as far as the merch goes,” Fabolous told VIBE. “Then I let them [his team] take it from there. I come in and make sure when it’s done that I see the quality of it. I think my design and the quality of the material is something that I know a lot about. Even if I don’t know the name, I know the texture, and I know the feel we’re going for.”
While the calamity of the busiest night of Art Basel ensued outside, Fab set up his Blood’s Thicker pop-up shop in the middle of the gallery, which featured a slew of various handmade paintings and sculptures. Several well-known artists like Dave East, Sonny Digital, and "Empire" star Bre-Z came through to support Loso at his first pop-up shop.
Fab stood in the middle of the gallery behind a table full of hats, sweaters, t-shirts, and even comfortable pillows inspired by the comic book-style cover art of his Summertime Shootout 2 mixtape, which features Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, A Boogie With The Hoodie, and plenty more.
The BK native couldn’t have picked a better space to host his first pop-up shop ever in Miami. Throughout the streets of Wynwood, eager art patrons invade every gallery on the block with hopes of copping dope art in various forms from abstract canvases to flamboyant clothing. As soon as the table was set up, fans and art lovers alike bombarded the pop-up peacefully in order to cop Fab’s latest threads.
“It’s not a market that I really hit in that kind of space,” Fabolous told VIBE. “I’m more traditionally in New York and everywhere up North. For Art Basel, I definitely wanted to come down and touch that too. I sell a lot of merch online, but this my first pop-up shop period. I feel like Art Basel was a dope place to start at.”
Meanwhile, as music blared from the DJ Booth and FLOH Vodka flowed from the open bar inside the gallery, art lovers and fans stood outside Lulu Lab with high hopes of catching a glimpse of multi-platinum emcee. They glared inside through the glass windows as Fab toured the gallery to check out all of the installations, snap photos, and admired the pieces of art scattered all over the walls.
After his detailed tour of the gallery, Fabolous put his canvas, paintbrushes, and dope throw pillows away to turn up on South Beach. Fab linked up with 50 Cent and Dave East to host a wild night at Club Dream and celebrate DJ E Feezy’s birthday. Celebrities like Mack Wilds and Miss Nikki Baby came through to support Fab’s endeavors in art and music.
Check out a few exclusive snapshots of Fabolous' Art Basel weekend in the gallery above.