By Gabrielle Osei
Rappers, Fabolous of Island Def Jam and Pusha T of Def Jam and GOOD Music are currently on a 30-city tour and stopped by the Ventura Majestic Theater over the weekend. Both rappers have been in the game for more than a decade gaining love and admiration from fans as well as hate and enemies in the industry.
Saturday night Pusha T rallied the audience with hit songs Mercy, Millions, and Numbers on the Board that is on his upcoming album My name is my name dropping July 16th. Pusha T began in 1992 alongside his twin brother Malice who is no longer a rapper. After being signed to Elektra Records in the late 1990s, Music Producer Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and Star Trak Entertainment produced the group’s very first album Exclusive Audio Footage.
Nothing less than what the fans bargained for, dressed in all black assisted by a height man, heads bobbed, hands waved, and lyrics were sung along. Who better than to open for Fabolous?
Fabolous took the crowd all the way back to the beginning of his career. Performing songs titled Holla Back and Cant Deny It, he quickly identified with his day one fans.
The Brooklyn native debuted his first album Ghetto Fabolous in 2011 under Desert Storm Records Label that also had a track produced by Pharell Williams and since has released four more albums. Wearing a New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony Jersey, black leather sweat pants, New York Knicks fitted cap and the Retro New York Knicks Jordan 1s.
Fabolous’ set lasted over an hour on a dim lit stage in front of a dj and live band. Closing out the show Fabolous performed his latest single featuring Chris Brown Ready which is on his upcoming album Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power being released June 18.
The two artists have collaborated before on a Clipse Record and on Fabolous’ album From Nothing to Something but their most recent collaborations is on the song Life is so exciting featured on Fabolous’ Thanksgiving mixtape The Soul Tape 2 released last November. Both artists had a connection with their fans that is indescribable.
Murmurs between sets by fans wondering what songs would be performed and how much their stage presence would be felt. Ladies screamed and reached out their hands and gentlemen cheered as everyone enjoyed themselves. Expectations were exceeded to say the least.