Music of Tuesday, 8 March 2011
American Hip hop act John David Johnson, known in showbiz circles as Fabolous, is set to headline a major musical concert in Ghana.
The event, set to be held at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre in April, is billed to be entertaining and exciting, the kind not witnessed for a very long time in the industry.
Fabolous will share the stage with some of Africa’s best acts from Nigeria and Ghana. Already, word about Fabolous’ concert in Ghana is making rounds in gossip circles.
The American rapper has a huge loyal fan base in Ghana. An astounding performer by industry standards, he is sure to deliver a thrilling soft-sell debut performance in the West African country.
Born John David Jackson on the 18th of November 1977 in Brooklyn, New York, Fabolous begun from very humble beginnings in the underground hip hop world and subsequently carved a cult following for his style of music.
He had his major breakthrough in 2001 with the hit song “Can't Deny It” from his debut LP Ghetto Fabolous. Ghetto Fabolous reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 1.5 million copies by 2003.
It was followed by Street Dreams in 2003, Real Talk in 2004, From Nothin' to Somethin' in 2007, Loso's Way in 2009, There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP & Loso's Way 2 in 2010 and Loso’s Way 2: Rise to power released this year with his current hit release, “You Be Killin Em” proving to be a hit on airwaves worldwide.
His works has extensively featured award winning artistes such as Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, P Diddy, Jeremih, Jermaine Dupri and T-Pain among others. To date, Fabolous has released five albums, which have collectively sold millions of copies globally.
The very creative hip hop act that is, Fabolous has been nominated for several awards. In September 2009, he was ranked number eight on MTV’s Hottest MC in the Game list and received a Viewer's Choice award for his “Throw It in the Bag” duet with The-Dream.
Last year, he was nominated in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group category at the 2010 Grammy Awards for the song “Money Goes, Honey Stays” with Jay-Z and also two BET nominations for Best Collaboration and Best Viewer’s Choice for “Say Aah” with Trey Songz . His My Time track featuring Jeremih is also popular among the hiphop community here in Ghana.
The above laurels are a confirmation of why his coming to Ghana is unique in every sense of the word. The organizers have said the musical experience at the Dome of the Conference Centre would offer a chance to his core fan base here in Ghana to witness live in action, one of the best lyrical MC’s in the hiphop world.
With more acts and details still to be unveiled, Fabolous in GH is certain to be a big event on the Easter musical calendar. It is surely going to be a concert of a lifetime. Remember where you read it first.
Biography of Fabolous...........
John David Jackson (born November 18, 1977), better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American rapper. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, part of his early popularity arose from his hit single "Can't Deny It" in 2001, from his debut album Ghetto Fabolous.
The album reached number-three on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 1.05 million copies by 2003. His followup album, Street Dreams (2003), produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-four hits "Can't Let You Go", featuring Lil' Mo & Mike Shorey, and "Into You", featuring Tamia.
In 2004, Fabolous released the album Real Talk, which peaked at number-six on the Billboard 200 with 169,000 copies sold in one week and contained the charting singles "Breathe" and "Baby". Following a three year hiatus since Real Talk, the artist released his fourth studio album, From Nothin' to Somethin' (2007), which debuted at number-two on the Billboard 200 and number-one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sold 159,000 copies in its first week. The album spawned the singles "Diamonds", "Return of the Hustle", "Make Me Better", featuring Ne-Yo, and Baby Don't Go, which featured Jermaine Dupri and T-Pain.
Fabolous' success continued with his 2009 album, Loso's Way, which debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, selling over 99,000 copies in its first week, and became the artist's first album to top the chart. Loso's Way produced the singles "My Time", "Everything, Everyday, Everywhere", "Throw It in the Bag", and "Money Goes, Honey Stay (When the Money Goes Remix)". He later released an extended play entitled There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP, which contains the single "You Be Killin' Em".
To date, Fabolous has released five albums, which have collectively sold over three million copies in the United States. In September 2009, the rapper was ranked number eight on MTV's Hottest MC in the Game list.