News: Fat Joe Claims Legend Status, "I'm Trying To Make It Obvious To The World"
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:30PM
Terror Squad's Fat Joe recently spoke on his music-making track record and how he is driven by what he believes is a lack of recognition.
The 39 year-old rapper said his obsession with hip-hop has prevented him from hanging up the microphone.
"The realest way to say it is I'm still hungry," Joey said in an interview. "And the fact that you write and live and sleep and drink hip hop all day, it ain't 'til you're doing a Fat Joe story that you really start thinking about, 'D*mn, this n*gga been here for so long. He's so consistent.' I'm trying to erase that. Like I'm trying to make it more than obvious to the whole world that 'Yo, this guy deserves to be a living legend of the game. An icon. D*mn, he brought too much to the table.' That's what drives me and makes me hungrier...I think Busta Rhymes is probably the only one [with a 14 to 15 year catalog like me]. Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe." (Vibe)
His run in the record industry began in the early 1990's.
Eventually going by the name of Fat Joe, the rapper secured a recording contract with the Relativity label in the early '90s, resulting in the release of his full-length debut, Represent, in 1993 (which spawned the single "Flow Joe," peaking at the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart). Two years later, Fat Joe issued his sophomore effort, Jealous One's Envy, which included a cameo appearance by KRS-One as well as production contributions by the likes of DJ Premier, L.E.S. and Domingo. (All Music)
Joey Crack recently announced that his J.O.S.E. 2 album would be pushed back until the summer.
"I got bad news for everyone," Joe wrote on Twitter unmodified. "My album got pushed back. Monday I will have the new date!!!!!! I'm just as upset as ya!!!! CRACK!!! We pushed my album back my brother, sample clearance, you know. The album is coming late June." (Fat Joe's Twitter)
The project will feature a diverse grouping of artists and producers.
Joe's new project will have guest appearances by Ron Browz, Fabolous, Lil' Kim, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Raekwon, Akon along with production from Jim Jonsin, The Incredibles and The Street Runners. Cuts from the album include "One" and "Winding On Me." (Press Release)