Terror Squad leader Fat Joe recently discussed putting together his “Pride N Joy” collaboration alongside Kanye West and just how far back they took it with their star-studded anthem.
Thinking back a few decades, Joe compared the song’s creation to tracks made by Native Tongues, which consisted of crews like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest collaborating together.
“That’s exactly what it was,” Fat Joe said of the song’s Native Tongues comparisons. “It was like Native Tongues, it was like crazy, everybody was in there, and that’s what hip-hop is supposed to be.” The track was produced by Kanye West and brought Miguel, Roscoe Dash, Jadakiss, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled all together in the studio. It was Yeezy who put the plan in motion. (MTV)
Last week, Joey Crack hinted at some in-studio differences he had with Ye when constructing the record.
“There’s some other real dope parts of that song that we ain’t put on there,” Joe reveals. “But, you know, he’s Kanye West. He’s a genius. He’s the best. I argued with him a little, but I let him lead the way, so that’s how it is. There’s no way in the world you’re gonna get everyone to sing on beat. N*ggas just said, ‘We’re not singers.’ And he was like, ‘That’s the dope sh*t.’ We off beat. We ain’t no R&B n*ggas. We singin’ that sh*t off beat.” (XXL Mag)
The Bronx Bomber also gushed about having a fellow rap veterans on his record.
“I’m honored to work with Kanye of course, but I’ma say the biggest surprise on that record is Mos Def,” Crack revealed, about Yasiin Bey’s appearance. “I respect that guy a lot. I can’t believe he’s on a Fat Joe record. [He's about] consciousness, I’m talking about f*ckin’ b*tches.” (XXL Mag)
Their star-studded collaboration emerged online out of the blue last month.
Once again, Bronx, NY rapper Fat Joe is giving us a sneak peek into his upcoming as-yet-untitled 11th solo album via a new guest-packed track. Dubbed “Pride and Joy,” the song’s guestlist is impressive, to say the least, with everyone from Kanye West, Mos Def and DJ Khaled to Miguel, Jadakiss, Roscoe Dash and Busta Rhymes making an appearance. The song was produced by BINK! and co-written by Rico Love. (Exclaim)
Check out “Pride N Joy” below: