From Nothin' to Somethin'

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From Nothin' to Somethin'
Studio album by Fabolous
Released June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
(see release history)
Recorded 2005-2007
Genre Hip hop
Label Desert Storm, Def Jam
Producer Reefa, Freebass, Akon, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Just Blaze, Polow da Don, Big Tank, Steve Morales, Versatile, Don Cannon, Amadeus, Nova, Neo da Matrix
Fabolous chronology
Real Talk
(2004)
From Nothin' to Somethin'
(2007)
Loso's Way
(2009)
Singles from From Nothin' to Somethin'
  1. "Diamonds"
    Released: April 3, 2007
  2. "Return of the Hustle"
    Released: May 2007
  3. "Make Me Better"
    Released: June 9, 2007
  4. "Baby Don't Go"
    Released: August 12, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
HipHopDX.com 3/5 stars[4]
The Independent (unfavourable)[5]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[6]
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[8]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[9]
DJBooth.net 3/5 stars[10]

From Nothin' to Somethin' is Fabolous' fourth studio album released on June 12, 2007.

It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 159,000 copies in its first week[11] and 500,000 worldwide. The album has been certified Gold by the RIAA[12] for sales of 542,000.[13]

Def Jam had pushed back the release date five times, starting with December 1 to February 27, then to March 23, then to April 17, next to May 18, and to its final release date on June 12.

XXL ranked From Nothin' to Somethin' the eighth most anticipated album of 2007.[citation needed]

Despite a three-year gap since his album, Real Talk, Fabolous had appeared on sporadic projects, including recordings by DJ Clue, Christina Milian, and Syleena Johnson in his absence.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "From Nothin' to Somethin'" (Intro) Reefa 2:54
2. "Yep, I'm Back"   Freebass 4:27
3. "Change Up" (featuring Akon) Akon 4:26
4. "Make Me Better" (featuring Ne-Yo) Timbaland 4:13
5. "Baby Don't Go" (featuring T-Pain) Jermaine Dupri 3:36
6. "Return of the Hustle" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Just Blaze 3:44
7. "Gangsta Don't Play" (featuring Junior Reid) Reefa 4:23
8. "Real Playa Like" (featuring Lloyd) Polow da Don 4:07
9. "First Time" (featuring Rihanna) Big Tank 3:53
10. "Diamonds" (featuring Young Jeezy) Steve Morales, Raymond "Sarom" Diaz 4:16
11. "Brooklyn" (featuring Jay-Z & Uncle Murda) Versatile 3:56
12. "I'm the Man" (featuring Red Cafe) Reefa 3:28
13. "Joke's On You" (featuring Pusha T) Don Cannon 4:31
14. "What Should I Do" (featuring Lil' Mo) Amadeus 4:41
15. "This Is Family" (featuring Paul Cain, Freck Billionaire, Red Cafe, Joe Budden & Ransom) I.N.F.O., NOVA 6:53

Samples[edit]

  • "Change Up" contains similar piano melodies from "Cross That Line" by Rick Ross.
  • "Make Me Better" contains samples from Sherine's "Al Sa'ban Aleh".
  • "Brooklyn" contains sample from "Where Brooklyn At (Live Freestyle)" by Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap featuring DJ Mister Cee, Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac.
  • "This is Family" contains sample from "I Can't Believe You're Gone" by The Barrino Brothers
  • "Return of the Hustle" contains a sample from "Lord Of The Golden Baboon" by Mandrill
  • "Return of the Hustle" contains an interpolation of "C.R.E.A.M." (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) by the Wu-Tang Clan

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[16] 1
Swiss Album Chart[17] 55

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom June 11, 2007
United States June 12, 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ About.com review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ HipHopDX review
  5. ^ The Independent review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 26, 2008)
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Slant Magazine review
  9. ^ USA Today review
  10. ^ DJBooth.net Review
  11. ^ Katie Hasty. Toby Keith's 'Big Dog' Heads Straight To No. 1 Billboard. Accessed June 20, 2007.
  12. ^ RIAA.com - "Fabolous" searchable database
  13. ^ Mariel Concepcion (March 25, 2008). Fabolous Inspired By Film On Concept Album Billboard. Accessed May 25, 2008.
  14. ^ The Billboard 200 - From Nothin' To Somethin' - Fabolous Billboard. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  15. ^ Top Rap Albums - From Nothin' To Somethin' - Fabolous Billboard. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  16. ^ [1] Billboard. Accessed March 29, 2009.
  17. ^ Fabolous - From Nothin' To Somethin' - Music Charts αCharts. Accessed September 21, 2008.