Safe to say, New York Rap wasn’t in the greatest state in 2012. But coming through around Thanksgiving was Fabolous, one of our city’s most consistent spitters who surprised us with a strong sequel. Shit, Soul Tape 2 ain’t no turkey. Loso sets the tone and sounds inspired on the intro “Transformation”. He schools the ladies on “For The Love” and smooths things out on the St. Elmo’s Fire theme-sampled smoke break “We Get High”. Along with Pusha T, he explains how “Life Is So Exciting” and rejects the greedy gold diggers with J.Cole on “Louis Vuitton.” But what also really stands out here is Fab’s clever takes on Usher’s “Throwback” (“Want You Back” with more of Joe Budden’s Tahiry raps) and Rick Ross “Diced Pineapples” (featuring Trey Songz and Cassie). Guess the Big Apple still got something to believe in after all.