With the exception of the Just Blaze-produced Return Of The Hustle, with its horn stabs and taut drum rattle, Fabolous's fourth is pretty unexciting. On From Nothin', the NYC-based rapper sounds like he agrees, maybe because he's more invested in mixtape work than major label obligations.
With F-A-B-O's usual monotone on the verge of a yawn, he's going through the motions with boilerplate rhymes like "They can't say that nothin' changed but my clothes / Oh, I'm lyin', I do change up my hos." Then again, he's just matching the energy of some boring-ass beats that for the most part adhere to snap-style minimalism (see the first single, Diamonds, featuring Young Jeezy).
From a mediocre Rihanna duet to a half-assed Brooklyn tribute featuring Jay-Z and a Biggie sample as played-out as the generic Akon cameo on Change Up, most of the album falls flat.