Fabolous will forever remain a second-tier rapper, and what of it? Hes a true rappers rapper: Theres no one in the country better at appropriating someone elses song for 16 bars and making it his own. And that he is not a star has ceased to surprisefew MCs thrill in the mechanics of the art; even fewer listeners do. But last years From Nothin to Somethinwhich featured the scientifically engineered hit Make Me Better, with Ne-Yowas a reminder that Fab can be a reliable rainmaker on his own (well, if you dont count Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, T-Pain, and the whole roster of guests hes carrying along with him, that is). Sometimes hosting the party is as much an art form as the party itself.
Wed., April 30, 9 p.m., 2008