News: Fabolous Co-Signs Jay-Z's Swag, "Jay At 40 Is Still At The Top Of The Game Lyrically"

Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 8:55AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Fabolous has co-signed Jay-Z's lyrical talent and overall rhyming skills this weekend despite the rapper edging closer to his 40th birthday later this year.

Writing via Twitter, Fab shared his thoughts on his former labelmate and the ex-Def Jam president.

"What's crazy is, I saw the H-O-V lane line 4 yrs but couldn't use it cuz my name aint Hov..," Fab wrote Sunday (September 6) morning. "Lol'H-O-V, got my own lane already' finally...Jay, at 40 is still @ da top of the game lyrically. Not many rappers r able 2 say that, ever. Support real hip hop, Blueprint 3 & Loso's Way..." (Fabolous' Twitter)

Jay-Z recently spoke about joining the ranks of rappers in their 40's and encouraged all emcees to continue to rock the microphone if their "heart" is still dedicated to the music.

"No matter what I do, any person that gets to this stage of their life is going to do whatever is in their heart," Jay explained in the October 2009 XXL Magazine. "I think people should make music as long as their heart is in it. As long as they're pushing past the deadline four times and they're still making more records. Like, there are thousands of boxers that could have retired before they had that fight, Muhammad Ali for one. But you never stop -- because of one, your passion or greed, your financial situation, there may be a need, you know? The thing that I can do is stretch the subject matter. Whether Kingdom Come was your favorite album or not, '30 Something,' you have to deal with that subject matter [in that song]. If [the target audience is] 15 to 25, that's too narrow. What am I going to listen to at 26 and beyond? That's a quarter of my life." (XXL Magazine)

F-a-b-o previously spoke with SOHH about snagging Jay for his album and, in particular, the "When The Money Goes" track.

"Actually, it got leaked and it was a version with Jay only rapping on it and it's called, 'When The Money Goes,' Fabolous explained. "Jay had recorded something to it, I guess what you hear on the leak, for American Gangster and I don't think it made the final cut so he had reached out to me, knowing that I was working on this project and knowing the theme of what I was trying to put together and said, 'Yo, I got a record that might fit in to play.' So, when he brought the record to the table it did. I re-vocaled it. Jay is just on the hook as far as that, it was his idea for the hook." (SOHH)

Fab recently described his relationship with the fellow Brooklyn, New York-based emcee.

"Me and Jay built a connection through Def Jam," Fab said in an interview. "Through working together executive to artist, we built a different relationship as well. Maybe artist to artist we was in a little different space. You didn't know where each other was at. We work well. When I needed help with the [new] album and I was reaching out for people for joints for the album, he was one of the people that was like, 'Hear this.'...We got a connection. He's from Brooklyn, I'm from Brooklyn -- that's enough of a connection right there...We came up with the songs first...I made the songs to the scenario I thought of. Then I wrote a story [for a film]. Even when I was writing the story, I could hear certain songs coming up in those scenarios, in those scenes. That's why it meshed well." (MTV)

Check out Jay-Z & Fabolous' "When The Money Goes" below:

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