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The Most Anticipated Albums of Summer 2013

21. Fabolous, Loso's Way II: Rise To Power

Release Date: July 2013
Label: Def Jam/IDJMG
Producers: No I.D., Hit-Boy, T-Minus, Mike Will Made It, Pharrell Williams, Harry Fraud, The Runners, David D.A. Doman
Guests: Chris Brown, John Legend, Future, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Chrisette Michelle
Singles: "Ready" f/ Chris Brown, "When I Feel Like It" f/ 2 Chainz

New York hip-hop is different than it was in 2001, when Fabolous first burst onto the scene with "Can't Deny It." The rapper, known for his limber flow and rewind-worthy punchlines, is gearing up for his sixth album, Loso's Way 2: Rise to Power, which he's claimed will be his most mature project to date. You might expect him to pad his tracklist with newcomers like A$AP Rocky or Action Bronson in a bid for radio and blog relevance, but Fab is now one of the game's elder statesman. And it looks like he is operating as such, recruiting old heads like Nas, Jadakiss, and Eminem to help him out on the feature tip. On the boards, he's got heavyweights like the RZA, Just Blaze, and The Alchemist. Don't think that Fab's been taking the ethos of "No New Friends" too close to heart, though: Future 'n' Mike WiLL Made It will be collaborating with Fab on at least one track. â€”Nathan Susman

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