Please Welcome the Best Mixtape (So Far) of 2010: Fabolous, There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service)


In part because, technically speaking, there is literally no competition. There Is No Competition 2, the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s original from DJ Drama and Brooklyn firebrand Fabolous, is the first major mixtape to emerge from pretty much anybody in 2010. But hey, it’s Fab–the mixtape rapper’s mixtape rapper, the guy whose lackluster albums pretty much serve to make him look even more deadly when he finally hits the streets. And the most plastic of New York rappers–“a blank slate, really” said Sean Fennessey in a 2009 feature in these pages–will always benefit from getting to handpick the best beats out. (“Breathe,” anybody?)

So here’s to this guy getting a chance to go in over “Roger That.” Not to mention alongside Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, etc.–fellow New Yorkers who are having their own tiny moments right now. In year where the ultimate story in hip-hop will be told by Drake (who dropped his own wordy single last night) and Nicki Minaj and Kanye West–big personalities who are, evolutionarily speaking, generations ahead of Fab, yet nowhere near the technical rapper that he is–it’s nice to have some lyrics to obsess over before we go back to handicapping the popularity contest that is rap in 2010. A song like “Body Bag” would sound as vicious in 1999 as it does right now, and there’s something comforting about that fact. [Download at Nah Right]