News: Fat Joe Unleashes "Darkside" Debut Single W/ Young Jeezy, "It Took A. Keys & Jay-Z To Get The City Rockin' Now" [Audio]
Friday, Feb 5, 2010 10:50AM
New York rap veteran Fat Joe has announced the release of his Darkside album's first single, "Slow Down (HaHa)," featuring Young Jeezy.
The rapper released the single from his popular Twitter page.
"Congratulations Welcome to THE DARK SIDE!! The first single off my new album ft. Young Jeezy HAHA(Slow Down Son) YA ALL WELCOME!!!!," he wrote Thursday (February 4). "Here is the Clean Here is the dirty link again it I TOLD YA I WAS COMING WITH THAT MONSTER JOINT WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE!!!!! CRACK @Scoopdeville My brother that beat is a monster you see what me and jeezy did to that thing there !!!!!" (Fat Joe's Twitter)
On the track, Joe makes a return to his more street-based raps.
"It took A. Keys and Jay-Z to get the city rockin' now," Joe raps. "Rob Base, Snoop Dogg to get it rockin' now/Big money I'm talkin' Mayweather, Pacquiao -- I beat a motherf*cker uglier than 'Precious,' real n*gga -- recession got the hood pushing more than time clocks, so I dropped a hundred on the streets, I don't buy stocks/Told little motherf*cker to get his shine box..." ("Slow Down (HaHa)")
Last month, the rapper said he was focused on changing up his content for the upcoming album.
"The people gotta understand: I don't give a f--- right now," Joe said. "It's nothing to be political, nothing to be friends about. My n---as that's with me is the loyal n---as. Bandwagon n---as don't rock with me. Right now, I tried to give y'all the nice guy. I tried to go, 'Hello, Aloha' -- they don't want Fat Joe to do that. I'mma have to do something that I'm an expert at; it's called 'kill people.' That's why it's The Darkside: Volume 1. Once you get this one, you ain't gonna never want Fat Joe to do anything else. Just know that this new album right here is about to be the skeleton. We about to change how every n---a do their album now. N---as is gonna have to come hard." (MTV)
Fat Joe collaborator Rico Love recently spoke with SOHH about the rap veteran's dominance in music.
"It was an amazing experience working with Joe on the 'Aloha' record, as well as being involved creatively on the entire album," he explained. "Fat Joe is hip-hop royalty and he withstood the test of time. Seems like just yesterday I was watching his videos ontelevision and now I'm in a video with him. That's a great feeling. I'm honored." (SOHH)
No further details on a release date for the album has been revealed as of now.
Check out "Slow Down (HaHa)" down below: