John Jackson (born November 18, 1977), better known by his stage name Fabolous [sic], is an American rapper. Growing up in the Brooklyn area of New York City, he was among the first east coast rappers influenced by Southern hip hop sounds and first became popular through his hit single "Can't Deny It" in 2001, from his debut album Ghetto Fabolous.His rap style has been compared to those of rappers Loon and Mase.
Jackson was born of mixed African American and Dominican descent to parents Luke and Debroah Jackson and grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. When Memphis Bleek officially signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, Fabolous decided that it was time for him to start rapping seriously. He would call into DJ Clue's radio show in late 1998, he ended up freestyling for Clue, who would immediately sign him to his newly-formed Desert Storm Records. He would be featured on several DJ Clue mixtapes and mixtapes with Roc-A-Fella artists. This earned Fabolous and Desert Storm a distribution deal with Elektra Records. In 2001, they began to promote Fabolous and his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, first by placing him on the remix to popular label-mate, Lil' Mo's "Superwoman (Remix)."