From Nothin' to Somethin' [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Fabolous' new label, Def Jam, rolls out a wide red carpet for From Nothin' to Somethin', enlisting a great deal of starpower to bolster its new artist's fourth album. Akon, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lloyd, Junior Reid, and even Ne-Yo (on a track produced by Timbaland) make appearances, while there is room made for past collaborators like Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, longtime cohort DJ Clue?, and the otherwise missing-in-action Lil' Mo. In another sense, it's the same old, same old, with Fabolous covering a bunch of niches: there's the booming, borderline sluggish Southern track (the Jeezy feature "Diamonds"), a couple raucous East Coast bangers ("Brooklyn," "Return of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Fabolous' new label, Def Jam, rolls out a wide red carpet for From Nothin' to Somethin', enlisting a great deal of starpower to bolster its new artist's fourth album. Akon, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lloyd, Junior Reid, and even Ne-Yo (on a track produced by Timbaland) make appearances, while there is room made for past collaborators like Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, longtime cohort DJ Clue?, and the otherwise missing-in-action Lil' Mo. In another sense, it's the same old, same old, with Fabolous covering a bunch of niches: there's the booming, borderline sluggish Southern track (the Jeezy feature "Diamonds"), a couple raucous East Coast bangers ("Brooklyn," "Return of the Hustle"), several R&B crossovers, and a couple melodramatic moments (including "What Should I Do"). Although this is one of the better albums in Fabolous' discography, the guest appearances are overwhelming, and the disc ends up similar to a compilation of Fabolous features, as if all guest stars gathered together and staged a coup. In at least half the tracks, the headliner struggles to reclaim the spotlight, and at times it seems entirely possible that the space is being used for something other than an actual Fabolous album. For instance, Akon not only dominates "Change Up," but two of the singer/producer's artists -- T-Pain and Red Café -- are heard on other tracks. Those looking to the disc for some pure top-form Fab will find a few spots of hotness, especially within "Brooklyn" -- a geographic anthem that outstrips Busta Rhymes' "New York Sh*t." Given Fab's usual kicked-back demeanor, some wordplay is bound to be overlooked (like "They should call me Karat Jeter, maybe Canary Bonds"), but regardless, there is not enough of it. After all, a separation of Fabolous' rhymes from all the guest verses and vocal hooks would result in two EPs: one by Fabolous and another by a mismatched supergroup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517169371
  • Catalog Number: 000816202
  • Sales rank: 28,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From Nothin' to Somethin' Intro (2:54)
  2. 2 Yep, I'm Back (4:27)
  3. 3 Change Up - Akon (4:26)
  4. 4 Make Me Better - Ne-Yo (4:13)
  5. 5 Baby Don't Go - T-Pain (3:36)
  6. 6 Return of the Hustle (3:44)
  7. 7 Gangsta Don't Play (4:23)
  8. 8 Real Playa Like - Lloyd (4:07)
  9. 9 First Time - Rihanna (3:53)
  10. 10 Diamonds - Young Jeezy (4:16)
  11. 11 Brooklyn - Uncle Murda (3:56)
  12. 12 I'm the Man - Red Cafe (3:28)
  13. 13 Joke's on You - Pusha T (4:31)
  14. 14 What Should I Do (4:41)
  15. 15 This Is Family - Ransom (6:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fabolous Primary Artist
Aaron Heick Saxophone
Sandra Park Violin
Rebecca Young Viola
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Darryl McClary Keyboards
Wen Qian Violin
Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson Drums
Alan Stepansky Cello
Technical Credits
Jermaine Dupri Producer
Rob Mathes Arranger
Ken "Duro" Ifill Executive Producer, Audio Production
Timbaland Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Steve Morales Producer
A.J. Bond Composer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Just Blaze Producer
Ryan West Engineer
Fabolous Audio Production
Shari Bryant Marketing
Ashaunna Ayars Marketing
Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson Producer
Don Cannon Producer, Engineer
TaVon Sampson Art Direction
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young Engineer
Skåne String Quartet Audio Production
The World Famous DJ Clue Audio Production
Cheo & Webb Audio Production
David Brown Engineer
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