Rapper Fabolous recently talked about how fellow New York rhymers Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. are his two top inspirations for his career. Fabolous says that the Brooklyn rappers represent proof of the success that he can get.
"My life role models are a lot of people," Fab said in an interview. "Of course family members – my mom, my uncle and people like that. My uncle gave me great advice on things; good talks. And my mom raised me and set the standard for me in terms of discipline, respect and how to carry myself. Other inspirations are sports figures such as Michael Jordan. Musically, there have been a lot of people, from Biggie Smalls to Jay-Z. Those two stand out for me because I got to see two people come from where I come from and be successful. That was influential because when you don't see people from where you come from achieving big things, it can be like, 'nobody around here does anything.' So those people helped to show that you can be from where we're from and achieve great things."
Fabolous – Interview (Talks Jay-Z And Biggie)