Real Talk

Real Talk

by Fabolous


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It was entirely possible that the first single from the third Fabolous album would be a club track or a soft-styled pop-oriented number aimed at the female audience. "Breathe" is nothing like that, the roughest chart hit of Fabolous' career. All grit, no gloss -- Just Blaze works a chest-cracking break, a needling piano run from '70s art rockers Supertramp, and a doctored vocal sample (top that, Kanye West). Whatever flashes of high promise Fabolous hinted at before are fulfilled and then some, his slithery voice intensified and commanding like never before. Two lines into the first verse, the track shows all the necessary signs of being a hip-hop classic -- one that fills all other MCs with envy while sucking the energy out of every other maximum-rotation radio hit. "Breathe" has the same dwarfing effect on the rest of Real Talk, and noticing its 13-spot placement on the album does nothing but raise the false expectations of first-time listeners. On most other releases, "Breathe" would be slotted second or third, not nearly so deep and de-emphasized. Tucking it near the end turns out to be a smart move, because an early role in the track order would've given the album a quick drop-off. Throughout, Fabolous once again spreads himself too thin. He's versatile, sure -- he is capable of branching out to several styles, but this overvalued trait is traded for a steep cost. Erratic and neither convincing nor satisfying from track to track, the album strolls through another mixed bag of satisfactory-to-strong crossovers, factoring in the South, the West, the silky, the grainy, the laid-back, and the amped-up. A pile of producers weigh in, including the Neptunes (who go one-for-two), Scott Storch (ditto), Trackmasters, Flame Throwers, and a handful of relative newcomers. There's enough quality material to help fill out a Fabolous best-of, but the touch-all-bases formula inhibits the album's potential of being any better than Ghetto Fabolous or Street Dreams.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678375422
catalogNumber: 83754
Rank: 54373

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fabolous   Primary Artist
Scott Jacoby   Keyboards
Robert Larow   Keyboards
Jeremy Skaller   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Composer
S. Barnes   Composer
Gerard Harmon   Producer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Executive Producer
Reefa   Producer
Neptunes   Audio Production
Paul Gregory   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
Jeremy Skaller   Vocal Producer
Fabolous   Executive Producer
C.M. Murphy   Composer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Roberto Fantauzzi   Producer
J.C. Lopez   Composer
Clue   Executive Producer
Paul Cain   Composer
Skane   Executive Producer
Keith Wilkins   Producer
DJ Khaled   Producer
Javonn "JV" Alexander   Producer,Instrumentation
Justin Smith   Composer
Trackmasters   Audio Production
Scott Storch   Producer

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Real Talk 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabolous Is Back And Much Stronger Than Ever. On "Real Talk" Fabolous' Rappin Style Is Extremely Stronger Than On "Street Dreams" and his flow is so much better than the previous albums. My Favorite Songs Are: Gangsta, Baby, Can you hear me, It's Alright, breathe, round and round, in my hood, Ghetto, and Po Po. Cant Wait For His Next Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the best Cd from Fab. The first album was good, second was okay, the third "Real Talk" is the best from Fab lyrically. The beats are crazy. My favorite tracks are Exodus (tight intro), Real Talk, Baby, Its Alright, Young and Sexy (a hot one with Sean Paul), Round & Round, In My Hood, The first track of this album is crazy, im really feeling the intro track Exodus. Faboulous is the most underrated lyricist, and he is also a good freestyler too. Definitly buy this Cd and get some of Fabolous mixtapes. Worth the Money. The BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album was alot better than his second one street dreams, fab touched on topics to the ghetto that real people can relate to. but unfortunately i think his choice of mainstream singles won't allow him to express those thoughts of the ghetto for the sake of making doe. gangsta, breathe, girls, baby, real talk and ghetto are my fav tracks, but i think fab has got to step his game up on a few more albums before he can even utter the words THE KING OF NEWYORK