Beyoncé Checked Rapper Fabolous Over Disrespectful Lyric About Her and Solange

Beyoncé might seem like one of the least confrontational people ever. We all know that she loves to keep a low profile and distance herself from the drama. But she clearly has no problem speaking up and calling someone out when they’ve crossed the line.

It was recently revealed that Beyoncé confronted Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous over a disrespectful lyric about her and her baby sister Solange. Find out more about what happened below.

Beyoncé and Fabolous
(L-R) Beyoncé and Fabolous | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; David Livingston/Getty Images North America

Who is Fabolous and what did he say about Beyoncé and Solange?

Fabolous is an artist from Brooklyn, New York. He broke out on the music scene in the early 2000s with the release of his first album, Ghetto Fabolous (2001), which spawned a couple of hits, such as
“Young’n (Holla Back)” and the Nate Dogg-assisted “Can’t Deny It.”

He went on to release a series of hit singles, including “Breathe,” “Into You,” and “Make Me Better.” Fabolous is also known for his appearances on other songs, including Christina Milian’s 2004 smash single “Dip It Low,” which earned him a Grammy nomination.

In 2010, Fabolous released the song “For the Money” with Nicki Minaj. The track is all about a femme fatale who loves the finer things in life. While bragging about the woman and her looks, he asks, “If you could have Beyoncé, would you take Solange?”

Listen to the lyric between the 1:10 and 1:25 mark

How Beyoncé confronted Fabolous

On Jan. 23, Fabolous stopped by Power 105.1’s show The Breakfast Club where he talked about being confronted by Beyoncé at an event.

“Beyoncé was like, ‘Yo, let me holla at you.’ So I went over and hollered at her and she was just telling me that they rock with me and they didn’t know where that came [from],” he recalled.

Fabolous said he had been trying to give a good punchline and didn’t “think” much about the lyric before recording it. But after Beyoncé talked to him and explained how the lyric could have hurt Solange, he came to understand how problematic his remarks were.

Watch him talk about the confrontation around the 36:50 mark

Fabolous apologized to Solange

Some time after his chat with Beyoncé, Fabolous ran into Solange. When he approached her, he claimed, the “Almeda” singer was stone-faced and cold.

“I seen her, so I was like, all right, let me beeline to Solange and apologize,” he continued. “And Solange, she was stiff. I’m like, ‘Hey! What’s up?’ And I was like, ‘Yo, I just want you to know I didn’t mean it in any malice, but I do take responsibility for saying that and I apologize.'”

Fabolous said Solange also noted how hurtful the lyric was. Although he did not say whether she accepted his apology, he described the moment as an eye-opening experience that now makes him watch what he says in his music.

“It really woke me up,” Fabolous continued. “Up until that point, I would say anything in a rap that was catchy.”