Terror Squad leader Fat Joe has recruited Cam’ron, The Clipse, Just Blaze, DJ Premier and more for his upcoming Dark Side album which is set to drop this summer.
According to Joe, Miami duo Cool & Dre will also play an active role in the production of the rapper’s latest solo effort.
“I got this sh*t called ‘Kilo,’ produced by Infamous, with me, the Clipse and Cam’ron. Bananas! I told you I was taking you to the dark side. N*ggas is going hard. N*ggas is going super hard. N*ggas will get this album and be like, ‘D*mn. Joe knows how to make the hard-core album of a lifetime.’ … I got my Just Blaze track today, so I’m excited. I got Primo, Just Blaze, Scram Jones. Me and Cool & Dre did this monster with Trey Songz. I’m real happy with the album, man. I’m like one or two gems away from wrapping the deal. I’m just trying to dumb out. [Producer] Buckwild gave me something ugly.” (MTV)
Earlier this year, Joe dropped his album’s first single, “Slow Down (Ha Ha)” featuring Young Jeezy.
“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)
The rapper recently announced that he will release the new solo project through E1 Music.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he stated. “I have a long history with Alan Grunblatt and everyone at E1. Although it’s a small label, they have the best marketing and promotion staff in the hip-hop game and I’m looking forward to working with them on my new album, ‘The Dark Side.'” (E1 Press Release)
Fat Joe collaborator Rico Love previously 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)
Fat Joe’s The Dark Side is scheduled to drop Tuesday, June 29th.
Check out a past Fat Joe interview down below: