Fabolous was given the key to Brooklyn last week, and later this year, he’ll have a street named after him, MissInfo reports. Swizz Beats, Wale, Doug E. Fresh, and more attended an Icon Talks ceremony at the Grand Courtroom in Borough Hall on Thursday, where Fabolous was presented with an Icon Award and the key to the city for his work in the Brooklyn community. “Thank you to the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for presenting me with a Citation, the Key to Brooklyn, and honoring me by naming a street in Brooklyn after me later this year,” Fabolous wrote on Instagram. “I will continue to live by the words of your presentation and keep ‘bending the wire.'”
UPDATE: Well, this is awkward. It appears Fabolous spoke a little too soon in thanking Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for “naming a street in Brooklyn after me.” Adams’ office just reached out to Stereogum with a minor correction, pointing out that he “did not agree to any street co-namings” with Fab, in part because “the street co-naming process is community-driven and has not traditionally recognized living individuals.” Oof. Adams’ statement is below, and below that is Fabolous’ apparently erroneous Instagram claim.
Borough President Adams has the distinct honor of recognizing the cultural achievements made by a diverse array of talented Brooklynites. Fabolous, a proud product of Bedford-Stuyvesant, was commended for his musical and philanthropic contributions last week at Brooklyn Borough Hall, during a ceremony where Borough President Adams presented him with accolades granted to similar luminaries, such as a citation and a ceremonial ‘key to Brooklyn.’ Borough President Adams is also pleased to induct Fabolous into the Celebrity Path on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the months ahead. To be clear, Borough President Adams did not agree to any street co-namings in conjunction with this ceremony. In keeping with policy and practice, the street co-naming process is community-driven and has not traditionally recognized living individuals.
Thank You to the Brooklyn Borough President @bpericadams for presenting me with a Citation, the Key to Brooklyn, & honoring me by naming a street in Brooklyn after me later this year! 📶 I will continue to live by the words of your presentation & keep "bending the wire". @sharoncarpenter @iamjhsa [shot by @evanpierce] #ICONTalks
Entertain. Engage. Inspire. A Q & A with @johnburnsdc for #ICONTalks. 1 question that stumped me was "What's the best piece of advice I've ever received?" And of course people have told me things in advice form, but from being very observant, I get my best advice from what people do, not always from what people say. Don't know if I said that the way I wanted to on stage that night. And I hope that don't go over y'all heads like the homie @casanova_2x say… [shot by @evanpierce]