The Young OG Project

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While 2014 was supposed to see the sequel to Fabolous' 2009 release Loso's Way, the album The Young OG Project landed instead, celebrating the rapper's love of '90s hip-hop. As such, old-school act Brand Nubian get a righteous tribute with the opening "Lituation," but it takes until track three for the sound of the decade to power the aptly titled "All Good," while later, "Bish Bounce" bumps like Das EFX in their prime. Otherwise, the '90s influence is less palpable as cloud rap beats ("We Good" floats, stutters, and dissolves) and an appearance from comedian Kevin Hart (during the Digable Planets-ish highlight "Cinnamon Apple") make this an album for the 2014-2015 season, while guest appearances from Rich Homie Quan, Chris Brown, and French Montana are as populist as they are contemporary. Still, Fabolous is invigorated by this slight slide into the past, and offers up numerous highlights (including the not-yet-mentioned "Ball Drop," a great New Year's Eve cut where everything is renewed) with a strong second line in support.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:42
2 4:17 Amazon
3 3:45 Amazon
feat: Tish Hyman
4:10 Amazon
feat: Chris Brown
3:49 Amazon
6 5:24
7 3:59 Amazon
8 4:30 Amazon
feat: Velous
6:17 Amazon
feat: Kevin Hart
3:13 Amazon
feat: Abir Haronni
6:04 Amazon
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