Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous is giving fans something other than turkey to look forward to this Thanksgiving, officially announcing plans to drop a follow-up to last year’s The S.O.U.L. Tape.
While brief with his words, Loso tweeted out an exact release date and the project’s cover art yesterday (October 22).
“Soul Food for Thanksgiving #SoulTape2 http://instagr.am/p/RGcN1_vfO8/,” he tweeted October 22nd. (Fabolous’ Twitter)
In April 2011, Fab broke down the concept behind his crooned-out mixtape.
“The S.O.U.L. Tape is a mixture of soul sampled beats and some soul and sampled instrumentals from other people’s songs like I guess people have seen the ‘Devil In A Blue Dress’ freestyle that I did,” Fab explained in an interview. “That was sort of one of the soul beats I used to freestyle over. Things in that lane and that vein. It made the CD more like a vibe CD…I wanted to bring that [remix trend] back to the game. I saw that the game, when it came to remixes now, was just picking up three, four, five other dudes and throwing them on the same beat and letting that rock out. I think every now and again that’s cool. Sometimes some beats are so infectious, that’s cool too, but I think people should go back to creating a new song and bringing a new experience to a record and bringing the record back to life as well.” (Rap Radar)
In January, Fab contemplated what the mixtape’s name would be.
“I’m almost done with it,” Fab revealed in an interview referring to the upcoming mixtape. “I did the poll [on Twitter] to get people interactive with it and see what names they would come up with. I’m doing it over all old soul sampled beats, so I wanted to keep the world ‘soul’ within the title. A lot of people picked ‘Soul Survivor’ or really attached it to There Is No Competition because they are already familiar with that and that’s one of the mixtape monikers for me. But I wanted to keep it separate from There Is No Competition, even though that name is winning [in the poll]. I might actually go with the third option which is ‘The S.O.U.L. Tape.’ The first one that was winning was ‘Rest The Souls of the Competition.’ That’s kinda like playing into There Is No Competition 2 and the next one is ‘TINC 2.5: Soul Survivor.’ But I’m trying to steer away from that because that’s its own brand. I want to steer away from both of those and just call it ‘The S.O.U.L. Tape.'” (XXL Mag)
Over the summer, the Brooklyn rapper updated fans on the status of his elusive Loso’s Way 2 studio release.
“I gave that music just to keep the people fed. At some point they get starved, like, we need some music, so I gave them the [There Is No Competition 3], and since then I’ve been working on the album,” Fab said in an interview. “The whole process in between that, I’ve just been working on the album and getting it ready. The release should be top of fall. … This one is really growth and evolution. I think people know what I do — they know I’ve been in the game for a minute, but you gotta continuously show that growth and show that you’re bringing something. It’s the same thing, it’s the same steps over and over again, but you gotta make it look new.” (MTV)
Check out a recent Fabolous interview below: