News: Fat Joe Names The "Smartest Thing Kanye West Ever Did"

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 11:10AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Terror Squad member Fat Joe recently offered his take on G.O.O.D. Music welcoming Q-Tip to the team, calling the deal with Q-Tip to be Kanye West's best career move to date.

While brief with his words, Joey Crack co-signed Q's move to the growing label.

Though he wasn't in the pictures, Joe confirmed Q-Tip was also in those vibing sessions. It's no secret that Joey Crack is a fan of the former A Tribe Called Quest frontman, and he believes his recent deal with Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music will further cement 'Ye as a musical genius. "Smartest thing Kanye West ever did," Joe said of the signing. The Bronx, New York, MC wasn't completely forthcoming about what he has cooking with West and company. Still, Joey did liken the interaction to the days when he would randomly pop up in music videos with 1990s rap staples like Black Sheep, Das EFX and Lord Finesse. "I'm in every Lord Finesse [and] Das EFX video, so it just felt like back in the days, every hip-hop head in New York City getting together with Kanye," he said. "We were discussing hip-hop politics, who's hot, who's the new, who's this, who's that, and we just had an amazing time." (MTV)

West's latest signing became public knowledge last week.

"I'm excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label," said Q-Tip. "I'm humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as G.O.O.D. Music, I'm excited to solidify my working relationship with Kanye, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead in our partnership. I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can." (Statement)

No stranger to working with veteran acts, Yeezy inked rapper Mos Def to G.O.O.D. Music in 2010.

The Brooklyn MC and West talk about the deal and break down their musical relationship in the October issue of XXL, which comes out on Tuesday and features a Kanye cover story. And Mos Def makes an appearance on West's G.O.O.D. Friday single "Lord, Lord, Lord," along with Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and singer Charlie Wilson. Mos' decision to join G.O.O.D. Music follows the release of his last album, The Ecstatic, on indie label Downtown Records in 2009. The rapper/actor and Kanye first collaborated on the Chicago MC's College Dropout, for "Two Words," and then again on "Drunk and Hot Girls." (MTV)

Recently, producer Mannie Fresh hinted at a possible deal with Ye's team.

"Well, we working that out. I'm kind of funny about signing with people. Dude, I've been through so much," Mannie said in an interview. "And I'm not saying I think Kanye is a bad person, but I can't tell you what that is right now. It's really on me, and what space I'm in. I'm not saying that I wouldn't do it, but it's gotta be something that makes sense for me." (Hip Hop DX)

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