John David Jackson, better known as Fabolous, born on November 18, 1977, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. Fabolous’ career began when he was a senior in high school and ended up playing live on American music producer and D.J. Clue’s radio show, and later on Hot ‘97. We’ll help you celebrate his special day right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

John David Jackson



Birth date:

November 18, 1977



Zodiac Sign:



5' 11"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$8 million

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Fabolous was born John David Jackson and is of Dominican and African-American descent. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. Jackson attended High School of Art & Design and City-As-School High School in Manhattan, and eventually Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy. While in his senior year of high school, Jackson began to pursue a career in hip-hop music. In the early years of his career, he rapped under the name Fabolous Sport, about Ralph Lauren’s Polo Sport line, however, this was later shortened to simply Fabolous. The misspelling was unintentional.

Jackson originally intended to be simply called Fabulous but incorrectly spelled it during a freestyle and it got stuck. He was invited to rap live on American record producer and music executive D.J. Clue’s radio show, then on New York City radio station Hot 97. Fabolous and N.O.R.E. rapped over the instrumental to ‘The Lox’s Money, Power & Respect,’ and D.J. Clue subsequently signed Fabolous to his record label, Desert Storm Records. Fabolous was then featured on several D.J. Clue mixtapes, as well as mixtapes with Roc-A-Fella artists. This earned Fabolous and Desert Storm a distribution deal with Elektra Records.

In 2004, Jackson signed to Atlantic Records, after leaving Elektra, where he released “Real Talk,” his first and only album under Atlantic. In 2006, Jackson was let out of his contract with Atlantic and officially signed with Def Jam Recordings. Also in 2006, Jackson founded his own record label, Street Family Records. In 2007, he released “From Nothin’ to Somethin’,” under Def Jam. In 2009, he released his fifth album, “Loso’s Way.” Throughout the years Jackson has amassed several self-released mixtapes, including several installments of his highly acclaimed “There Is No Competition” series and “The S.O.U.L.” Tape series, respectively. He released his sixth album, “The Young O.G. Project,” in 2014.

Career timeline

The Beginning

He receives an invitation to rap live on D.J. Clue's radio show.

His Album Debuts

He releases his debut album, "Ghetto Fabolous," which debuts at number four on the Billboard 200.

Number One

His fourth studio album peaks at number one on Billboard's Top R.&B./Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums.

Last Work

He releases "Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever," which debuts at number seven on the Billboard 200.

Why We Love Fabolous

  1. He loves kids

    He's a proud father of two boys. He also helped his girlfriend, Emily, raise her daughter, Taina Williams.

  2. He is a romantic

    Who else would risk chipping their teeth to impress their crush? He chipped one of his front teeth while trying to impress a girl with a basketball.

  3. He makes unexpected collaborations

    No one would expect him to collaborate with a k-pop star but he did it. He helped in Se7en's American debut single 'This Is My Year.'

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He was shot

    Although Fabolous getting shot didn't cost him his life, it still left him in the hospital for eight days and resulted in him being arrested.

  2. Acting debut

    He made his acting debut in "Scary Movie 4."

  3. Lil Wayne collaboration

    He has an unreleased collaboration with Lil Wayne.

  4. Dentist fees

    He spent $40,000 to get his teeth fixed.

  5. His origin

    He is half-Dominican.

Fabolous FAQs

Is Fabolous Spanish?

Fabolous was born John David Jackson on November 18, 1977, and is of Dominican and African-American descent.

Are Fabolous and Lil Mo related?

The singer and Fabolous are good friends, having been featured on each other’s records several times throughout both of their careers.

Who is Taina to Fabolous?

Taina is the stepdaughter of Fabolous.

Fabolous’s birthday dates

2024November 18Monday
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