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.
Performance CreditsFabolous Primary Artist
Scott Jacoby Keyboards
Robert Larow Keyboards
Jeremy Skaller Keyboards
Technical CreditsJohn H. Jackson Composer
S. Barnes Composer
Gerard Harmon Producer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Executive 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Real Talk based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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.
I BEEN FOLLOWING FAB SINCE HIS FREESTYLE DAYS WITH CLUE..HE HAS GROWN AND MATURE IN HIS STYLE..THIS ALBUM IS HOT..A GREAT BUY FOR THE YEAR..
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!
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