Here’s What Fat Joe Thought About Being On ‘UnSung’
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Rapper Fat Joe is an unwavering icon in the hip-hop industry and it shows.
So, naturally when news recently came out that he would be a part of the new season of Unsung, we all cheered in excitement.
He spoke on his episode by saying, “It’s an honor to be a part of this show, which has covered so many amazing legends.”
“I’ve wanted to be on ‘Unsung’ for years because it’s about recognizing those who are underrated. That’s me!”
He was featured on the show just this past Wednesday, January 11th.
Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena, spent more than two decades as the CEO and flagship artist for the Terror Squad, while making a change and paving the way for the Latino community in hip-hop.
Growing up in the South Bronx, he’d first made a name for himself as a local drug dealer and street hustler by the name of Joe Crack, then turned his life around when he began to focus on his music.
Some of the special guests of the show were 50 Cent (once a frenemy), Remy Ma, Swizz Beatz, Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, and DJ Khaled.
Here is what he told Rolling Out about some of his biggest lessons over the past 20 years as one of the Latin communities biggest inspirations, as well as an inspiration for the rest of the world:
“Never give up. The generation before mine and all the generations before that, a lot of them gave up. They still had what it took to be a superstar or a hit maker, and because of the way the system is, the music business, they let a record label tell them, ‘you’re not hot any more and they faded away and became the old-school artist. They told me I was done 10 years ago. I went independent and made ‘Make It Rain,’ ‘I Won’t Tell’ and ‘All The Way Up.’ These are top three hits in America. I became an entrepreneur and I did it myself. I didn’t lie down.”
We are so happy for Joe and though he isn’t old yet, he is well on his way to becoming a great and iconic musical legend.
Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication in giving hip-hop lovers what you know we need.