Birth name

John David Jackson


18 November 1977 (age 38)


Brooklyn, New York, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Street Family, Desert Storm, Def Jam, Roc Nation, Elektra, Atlantic

Associated acts

Joe Budden, Sean Combs, DJ Clue?, DJ Drama, The Game, Lil Wayne, Lloyd Banks, Pusha T, Red Café, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy

John David Jackson (born 18 November 1977), better known by his stage name Fabolous, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. Fabolous began his career in 1998 when he rapped live on a Hot 97 show hosted by DJ Clue?, and was subsequently signed to Clue?'s Desert Storm Records, with a distribution deal through Elektra. Fabolous' debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, was released in 2001 and featured the hit singles "Can't Deny It" and "Young'n (Holla Black)", which led him to prominence. His second album, 2003's Street Dreams, was supported by two Top 10 singles "Can't Let You Go" and "Into You". 

In 2004, Fabolous left Elektra and signed to Atlantic Records, where he released Real Talk, his only release through the label. In 2006, Fabolous signed to Def Jam Recordings and founded his own label, Street Family Records. In 2007, he released the album From Nothin' to Somethin', followed by Loso's Way two years later. Throughout his career, Fabolous has released several mixtapes, including several installments of his highly acclaimed There Is No Competition and The S.O.U.L. Tape series. He released his sixth album, The Young OG Project, in 2014.


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