Flashback Friday: Fabolous and Nivea

Who is in the mood for some mid-00s love? Let’s travel back to the era of trucker hats and Crunk Juice.

street dreams

Fabolous, Street Dreams (2003)

In 2003, Fab arguably was one of the hottest rappers in mainstream hip-hop. He had a knack for crafting memorable radio hits as well as unleashing lyrical barrages for his street anthems. Street Dreams wasn’t Fab’s best album but it’s a high point for his commercial success.

Also check out:

“This Is My Party”

“Into You,” featuring Tamia


Nivea, Complicated (2005)

Nivea’s sophomore album is an interesting case. While critics lauded it as the best work of her career at that point, it never garnered the mainstream appeal of her more fondly remembered debut. Her “crunk&B” single, “Okay,” allegedly was downplayed so it wouldn’t conflict with rising star Ciara’s work, and copies of the album were later recalled due to design flaws. Complicated lived up to its name but it’s still a strong follow-up to Nivea’s debut.

Also check out:

“Parking Lot”

“I Can’t Mess With You,” featuring The-Dream

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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