John David Jackson- better known as Fabulous, kick-started his music career with the release of his debut studio album, Ghetto Fabolous in 2001. A native New Yorker, he decided to pursue a career as a hip hop artist during his final year of high school. Having honed his skills, he was eventually invited to perform live on DJ Clue’s local radio show’ he then went on to rap on the popular New York Station, Hot 97. Convinced by his talents, the DJ later offered him a recording deal with his label, Desert Storm Records. Shortly afterward, Fabolous was featured in a number of mix tapes, including those of DJ Clue himself. From there, the exposure eventually landed him a contract with Elektra Records. After a year of work at the studio, the rapper came out with his debut album entitled, Ghetto Fabolous in the fall of 2001. A considerable success, it ultimately served as a launchpad for his music career.
Following the release of his debut effort, which has since gone Platinum in the United States, Fabolous dropped his second studio album, Street Dreams in 2003. An even greater hit among fans, it peaked at number three on the US music charts and soon became his second album in a row to exceed over 1,000,000 in sales. Continuing to release an album every few years, some of his later titles include Real Talk (2004), From Nothin’ to Somethin’ (2007), Loso’s Way (2009), and The Young OF Project (2014), although none would rival the success as his earlier albums.
In January and March 2003, Fabolous was arrested for possessing an unlicensed gun in his car. His bodyguard later showed proof of ownership for the gun.
He was shot in his right leg on the morning of October 17, 2006, in Manhattan after exiting Justin’s, a restaurant owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Fabolous was treated at a local hospital and was released eight days later.
In an interview with XXL, Fabolous revealed that he has been in a long-term relationship with stylist Emily Bustamante (since 2002), who recently appeared in VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, that began in 2011. He and his girlfriend had a son in February 2008 named Johan Jackson. In 2014, Fabolous and Bustamante announced that they were expecting their second child together. On June 2, 2015, the couple gave birth to their second son Jonas Jackson.