Understanding Fabulous (Rapper) Net Worth and Career Breakthrough, Wife, and Kids

Net Worth:$8 million
Age/Date of Birth:
November 18, 1977
‎5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)
Dominican and African-American descent
Wife or Girlfriend:Emily Bustamante
Parents:Father: Unknown
Mother: Deborah Jackson-Cain

Fabolous is an American rapper, record producer, and businessman. He debuted on the professional rap scene in 2001 and has since remained active. Like other rappers, Fab bolsters his primary income with proceeds from his fashion line and endorsement deals.

Fabolous net worth is $8 million. Here is everything you should know about how he achieved his net worth through his successful career, as well as information about his wife and kids.

A Quick Look at How His Career Began

Fabolous was born John David Jackson on November 18, 1977. He was raised in a public housing project in Brooklyn, New York City. Pushed by desperation to make money, a broke Fabolous dabbled into rap from his senior year in high school. Soon he was noticed by record producer and music producer, DJ Clue who invited him to perform live on New York radio station Hot 97. Impressed by his performance, Clue signed Fab to his own record label called Desert Storm Records. Fab began recording mixtapes alongside Roc-A-Fella rappers and soon inked a distribution deal with Elektra Records.

Music Breakthrough

After a series of successful mixtapes, Fabulous got his musical breakthrough with the release of his first studio album titled “Ghetto Fabolous”. Released on the 9/11 day attack day on September 11, 2001, the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and sold above 143,000 copies in just a week. It was preceded by Billboard Hot 100 charting singles like “Can’t Deny It”, “Trade It All” and “Young’n (Holla Back)”. By 2003, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA after selling over 1.05 million copies.


Thanks to his newfound fame and success, Fab was far from the desperate and broke high schoolboy. He began earning as much as $40,000 to perform in a single show and even more for features.

His follow up album “Street Dreams” enjoyed more success than the first. Released on March 4, 2003, it debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 185,000 copies within a week. It also had more Hot 100 charting singles including “Into You”, “Can’t Let You Go” and “Into You”. Like its predecessor, it received platinum certification after sales of over 1.3 million copies. Fab’s third studio album “Real Talk” (2004) performed lesser than its predecessors, peaking not higher than #6 on the Billboard 200, selling 170,000 copies in week 1. The album could not also sell up to 1 million copies to receive a platinum certification but made it past the 500,000 copies mark to earn gold.

Within the space of 5 years from his debut in 2001 to 2005, Fabolous had grossed over $15 million from albums and singles sales, and from live performances.


More Commercial Success

In 2006, Fabolous left Atlantic Records and signed with Russell Simons‘ Def Jam Recordings. His first album under his new label “From Nothin’ to Somethin” (2007) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and topped both the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts. Within a month of release, it received a gold certification.

Life at Def Jam proved to be better as Fab landed his first-ever Billboard 200 topping album with “Loso’s Way” released in 2009. The album included hits like “Throw It in the Bag”, “My Time” and “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere”. After the release, Fabolous focused on just mixtapes before releasing “The Young OG Project” in 2014. The album performed poorly selling just 96,000 copies.

Some of his highest-selling music albums include

  1. Loso’s Way (2009): #1
  2. From Nothin’ to Something (2007): #2
  3. Sweet Dreams (2003): #3
  4. Ghetto Fabolous (2001): #4
  5. Real Talk (2004): #6

His Best and Most Succesful Songs include:

  • Into You (Song, 2003)
  • Breathe (Song, 2004)
  • Thim Slick (Song, 2015)
  • Friday on Elm Street (Album, 2017)

List of the American Rapper’s Career Achievements

  • Fabolous’ career has seen him release a total of 7 studio albums, 2 extended plays, 1 collaborative album, and 11 mixtapes.
  • His first (Ghetto Fabolous) and second (Street Dreams) studio albums have been certified Platinum by RIAA, the latter was also certified Gold by BPI.
  • The rapper’s third (Real Talk), fourth (From nothin’ to Somethin’), and fifth (Loso’s Way) studio albums have all been certified Gold by RIAA.
  • He leveraged his fame and clout as a rapper and songwriter to found a record label called Street Family Record in 2006.
  • Fabolous has been nominated for Teen Choice Awards at least thrice, twice in 2003 and then in 2007.
  • He received two nominations for The Source Awards in 2003: for Best Rap/R&B Collabo and for Trendsetter of the Year
  • The rapper won a BET Hip Hop Awards (Viewer’s Choice) in 2009 and was also nominated for the award in 2007 and 2014.
  • He was nominated for three BET Awards in 2010: for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, and Best Viewer’s Choice.
  • Fabolous received the Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Male Artist nomination of the American Music Award in 2007.
  • In 2008, he won the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Award for Top Rap Song (Make Me Better).
  • He has also been nominated twice for Grammy, first in 2005 and then in 2010.

A Look at His Business Ventures And Endorsements

Fabolous founded his own record label “Street Family Records” in 2006. Artists on the label include; Freck Billionaire, Broadway, Paul Cain and Red Cafe. In the same year, he launched his own clothing line “Rich Yung Society” which includes, hoodies, tees and snapbacks. The line enjoyed immediate success with some stores reported to have sold out in a short period despite retailing from upwards of $200. Celebrity fans of the label include T.I and Jamie Foxx.


In November 2016 Fab, collaborated with high-end retailer VILLA to produce an exclusive sneaker edition including Timbs, Converse, Reebok and New Balance. About the same period, Fabolous joined the likes of Jay Z, Diddy, and 50 in the premium liquor business. He took to his Instagram account to announce a new deal with FLOH Vodka. Deals like this primarily include the role of an endorser or even better, part-owner of the brand.

Liquor deals seem to be the new money-making machine for hip-hop acts. The likes of Diddy (Ciroc Vodka) and 50 (EFFEN Vodka) have raked multi-millions from their own brands and Fabolous looks to give them quite the competition.

What We Know About Fabolous’ New Teeth

In February 2017, Fab paid $40,000 to get his teeth fixed. He got a set of 10 new veneers on his top grill, also replacing his chipped tooth which he has always rapped about. The Queens rapper described it as a birthday present he was getting for himself.

Meet Fabolous’ Partner Emily Bustamante

  • Date of Birth: February 10, 1981
  • Occupation: Stylist, Fashion Designer, and Reality TV Star
  • No. of Children: 4 (3 with Fabolous)

Fabolous has been in a long-term relationship with stylist Emily Bustamante. Based on what several reports have related, the pair has been in an on-and-off relationship since 2002. They reportedly met that year in New York during an event organized to promote the rapper’s album.

Fabolous fancied Emily and sent his brother over to talk to her on his behalf. Emily wouldn’t have that; she demanded of Fab to come and talk to her himself. When the rapper came over, Emily asked why he sent his brother. “I’m shy”, the rapper said. According to the stylist, those words and his soft voice made her fall for him.

Theirs’ has been quite a dramatic relationship, one that almost landed Fabolous behind bars. Sometime in March 2018, the rapper was charged with third-degree terroristic threats and aggravated assault over a domestic dispute that had him punch Emily seven times in the face while threatening her father and brother. Thankfully, the pair were able to work things out and has resumed loving each other.

Unconfirmed reports claim the two got married in the Caribbean in 2016 and have kept it a secret ever since. The notoriously private couple has not confirmed this, but have been spotted wearing wedding rings in public.

Fabolous and Emily are Parents to Four Children, Meet Them

1. Taina Williams

  • Date of Birth: April 1998
  • Occupation: Social Media Influencer and Model

The famous rapper isn’t the biological father of Taina as Emily had her from a previous relationship. Williams is a social media influencer with over 2 million followers on Instagram.

She is also a model known for her works with Savage x Fenty and has been in a relationship with an American rapper named G Herbo. It has been reported in some quarters that Tiana and the rapper are expecting a child together.

2. Johan Jackson

  • Date of Birth: February 19, 2008
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Johan is the first child and son that Fabolous and Emily had together. He has shown interest in things like basketball and music. But given his age, it is still early to conclude on what the future holds for him, in terms of what he would be doing for a living.

3. Jonas Jackson

  • Date of Birth: June 2, 2015
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Jonas Jackson is the second son of the family. Fabolous and Emily waited for several years after they had their first child together to have Jonas. He is very much a lad and had a lot of growing up to do. So, things like the career path to take aren’t issues he concerns himself with.

4. Journey Isabella Jackson

  • Date of Birth: October 10, 2020
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Journey is the only biological daughter of both Fabolous and Emily, she joined the family a year and a half after the rapper made a plea deal following the domestic dispute that saw him hit Emily. So, her birth has reinforced the notion that her parents have sorted out their differences and are committed to being together.

Summary and Key Takeaway

The American rapper has his career to thank for his net worth estimated at $8 million. He has thus far released 7 studio albums among other body of works, 2 of which have been certified Platinum by RIAA and 3, Gold.

Like his career, his family life has also been successful, albeit dramatic and trouble. But he has continued to cohabit with his long-time partner, Emily Bustamante, with whom he shares four children.

Profile Summary
First Name:John
Last Name:Jackson
Also Known As:
Fabolous, Fabolous Sport
Professional Rapper
Famous For:Hit singles "Can't Deny It" and "Young'n (Holla Back)",
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Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
November 18, 1977
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio
Birth Place:
New York City
Dominican and African-American descent
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Physical Attributes
‎5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)
77 kg (170 lbs)
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Marital Status:
Emily Bustamante
Family and Relatives
Mother:Deborah Jackson-Cain
2 sons: Jonas Jackson
Johan Jackson
Siblings:Paul Cain (Brother)
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Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$8 million
Salary:$2.7 million
Source of Wealth:
Hit songs
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