Fat Joe Recalls How Michael Jackson Personally Cleared Sample

Fat Joe looked no further than Michael Jackson when it came time to pay tribute to his mother, Maria. XXLMag.com recently chopped it up with the Bronx rapper to find out how the King of Pop was responsible for making the track happen.

While many MCs have dedicated songs to their mothers on wax, the story behind Joey Crack’s homage is anything but typical. Producer Streetrunner lifted MJ’s soulful vocals from “Mariah (You Were the Only One)” for Joe’s dedication “Bendicion Mami” off his 2006 album Me, Myself and I . Problem was, when it came time to clear the sample, the label wasn’t budging. “They went ‘We’re not really clearing [samples] right now,’” he said.

Luckily Joe was able to pull on Jackson’s softer side. “I was like, ‘Yo but this is for my mother,’” he continued. “And they went back to [Mike and] he was like ‘Nah we gotta clear that.’”

A longtime fan of MJ, Joe feels like the media should be held accountable for exploiting the iconic singer to make money. “Michael Jackson to me is the epitome of everything,” he said. “His voice is so beautiful, he music was beautiful and I think he was a beautiful and talented person. And people were profiting making him look like a lunatic. I mean he did some weird things, but that was all that gossip shit. That’s that new age of how to sell a paper and I don’t believe in that.”

The deceased singer is getting a public dedication of his own this afternoon in L.A.’s Staples Center. Featuring musical tributes by Mariah Carey, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson, the star-studded Jackson memorial is currently being aired now on all major network TV stations. –Elan Mancini with reporting by Rob Markman

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  • Nate

    When it comes to selling YOUR ALBUMS fatty
    you believe in that.

    When it doesn’t happen to be in your personal interest you DONT believe in that…

    Dudes need to give Rhymefest the props he deserves for making a real classic Michael dedication album in 07. That wasn’t just little samples or taking advantage of his death.

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      People don’t know this but Michael Jaccson started the “Thriller Crip” set we met 3 times per yr @ Neverland Ranch!

      • Sleepy Wonder

        So I’m Assuming They Do The Moonwalk Instead Of The Crip Walk…

        • G-UNOT KILLA

          Hell naw only OG’z can do the moon walk you have to have 10 Piru or MS13 killed to do that! I have 2 more murders to go! wish me lucc!!

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      People don’t know this but Michael Jaccson started the “Thriller Crip” set we met 3 times per yr @ Neverland Ranch!! He really was supposed to tour cause we were looking for new recruits in the UK

  • callous1

    “I was like, ‘Yo but this is for my mother,’” he continued. “And they went back to [Mike and] he was like ‘Nah we gotta clear that.’”

    That’s so deep. wow. ;)

  • FLOSS

    Real talk i respect what this man said about MJ and its a better look for the media to stop fucking using his death as a tool for ratings yo. Are society is so ass backwards celebrity lives and deaths are more televised and marketed than anything in this country. RIP MJ

  • FLOSS

    Real talk i respect what this man said about MJ and its a better look for the media to stop fucking using his death as a tool for ratings yo. Our society is so ass backwards celebrity lives and deaths are more televised and marketed than anything in this country. RIP MJ

  • $ykotic

    “Watch the greed of men become 10x magnified.”

    $ykotic

    Welcome to capitalism people.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    Now ere’body a gotta goddamn mj story. well shit here’s mine….. this one time at band camp….shut the fuck up! niggas ain’t respectin nuttin till it garnishes publicity.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    I know Fat Joes azz had to surface during all this….

    It’s not like this cocksucker met M.J. or talked to him. for all fat joe knows a white exect could have signed off on the sample saying MJ cleared it. MJ doesn’t look at every single sample request his employees handle that.
    Sure MJ personaly said “it’s for fat joes mom? clear it” yeah right.

    MJ personaly called Game and 50 plus Whoo Kid talked to him. I belive those stories.

    Wow fat joe got a sample clearance from MJ publishing co. big deal…

    ———————————————–
    Now ere’body a gotta goddamn mj story. well shit here’s mine…..(Taken from vhingrhams)

    lol

  • Capo Status

    Who gives a shit what song Joey Wack got a sample cleared for. After they figured out he wasnt selling no records it was no problem. Honestly who’s heard this song before? Its cool you did a tribute for your moms and all im feelin ya bro. But besides your intermediate family whos checkin’ for Joey Wack. T Squad aint shit without THE PUNISHER RIP

  • Curtis75Black

    One of my personal faves off that cd. That song by Fat Joe was touching especially with that sample !! Mikes voice was hot for that !!

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  • $ykotic

    What the hell happened to us? Usher just killed that performance. Cried and got down on his knees to thank Mama Jackson. Even the family rushed the stage. That was moving.

    Stevie Wonder killed it.

    Are we that filled with hatred? I ain’t never heard Sharpton get down like that. And I remember Tawana Brawley.

    What the hell is wrong with us when we can’t show love?

    How can you hate on a man that said “Heal The World” and donated millions yet you love a dude who wouldn’t by you a 99 cent double stack or a $1 menu meal but would make it rain on some diseased broad?

    N*ggas are confused on extra strength.

    • Curtis75Black

      I 2md that $ykotic, especially if you never heard the song ! Why shot on the mans memory ? Cause Pun ain’t around anymore ? Too many fickle fucks posing as Hip Hop fans.

      • $ykotic

        What it do fam?

        I usually don’t come after you because you say it anyway so I don’t need to redundantly co-sign.

        I’ma put this out there one time only, THAT MAN MJ BLESSED ME WITH SOME MUSIC TOO. YEAH A NOBODY LIKE ME. THAT GOES IN MY VAULT. IT WAS FOR ME TO TREASURE AND I WOULD NEVER CAPITALIZE OFF OF THE NEXT MAN. AND I SPOKE WITH HIM REAL QUICK ON THE PHONE/SPEAKER. NEVER MET HIM. I DID SOMETHING MEN CAN NEVER DO AGAIN! DREAMS COME TRUE PEOPLE! GET YOUR MIND RIGHT!

        HUMBLE MAN. YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU KNOW.

    • BIGNAT

      $ykotic put his foot on the neck of the haters today. also to all the people who said it was not a hit and he didn’t make much money off the song. the song was for his mom and it was on his album as a tribute to her for all the problems he gave her. telling his mom how much he loved her it was a good song.

  • BeerGangsta

    What difference does it make Fat Joe shit don’t sell any way. Sample MJ songs couldn’t get you your sells. Then you are sorry!

  • real talka

    Yeah, that song was hot.

  • dutch master

    true that everybody has a story they never thought to bring up in mthe media’s eye until the death occurs typical coon-ism

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  • debral

    WOW SOMEONE PLEASE FORWARD ME FAT JOES CONTACT INFO. INTERESTING THAT THERE WAS NO EFFORT TO CLEAR A COMPLETE TRACK ON THE BLAZIN SOUNDTRACK AND DVD. THIS CAME AS A SHOCK TO LEARN THAT A POINT WAS MADE TO GET A CLEARANCE. I SUPPOSE THAT DECISION CAME FROM SOMEONE OTHER THAN FAT JOE…IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW I CAN MAKE CONTACT..PLEASE REPLY.
    debralealle@yahoo.com

  • debra

    HERE WE GO AGAIN DOGGING SOMEONE OUT, JUDGING THEM AND DISRESPECTING. THIS IS THE SAME TORTURE PEOPLE DID TO MJ. TRULY DISGUSTING.

  • http://thisis50.com impecable

    yo0oo fuck fat j0e n da wh0le n k.a.r standz 4 k0rny ass rappers

  • Capo Status

    Opinions is like assholes. Everybodies got one. You trying to kick knowledge you need to recognize and realize, and know not on no punk shit either i aint disrespect noboby yet…

    This is just how i feel i really aint post expectin a reply i just want cats out there who feel like i do, to know its coo we gotta voice out here. Aint no xxl internet bully running shit over here. Co-sign Deeez Nuuuts

    I use to listen to Joey Wack back on the first J.O.S.E this was like 95-96 he was aight. Then he came with don cartegena that whole cd was a banger. Then he came with J.O.S.E. 2 not great but it was still aight. But ever since then he might have one good joint per CD. I’ll make an exception for that all or nothing CD it was good not great but it was straight. All his other Cd’s have been trash rap.
    Just the fact that i actually used to bump dude makes me overly qualified to have an opinon on the matter. I understand its not your opinon but i really dont give a shit its my asshole ill shit it how i want to shit it. CAPO OUTRO

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^no reply neccesary

  • latino heat

    co-sign everybody that said the song was hot. if you haven’t heard it check it out before you just hate on a truly nice tribute to a man’s mother.

    also co-sign everybody that said everybody is coming out of the woodwork with there M.J. story’s now. if he really did personally clear it for you that’s something you should have been telling the world 3 years ago when it actually happened. not now that the man is gone.

    • Curtis75Black

      It was about his memory of Micheal probably asked by the interviewer knowing the man just passed away. Really no reason to bring it up 3 years ago. Everybody should have heard the song then instead of hating just to hate.

      • latino heat

        @ Curtis…
        i feel you about the haters, but i think he should have said something 3 years ago. it would have been good hype for the album. i think most people would have wanted to hear the song that Mike personally cleared a sample for. that’s a claim that most artists can’t make if it is indeed true.

  • http://xxlmag.com heartpurple

    damn on xxl i started a trend just when thought that i was finished i started again,

    yall stupid mufuckas got out smarted again and yall lil raps blow like they was part of the wind,

    when im writin my hand is a part of the pen this for the real not the weak hearted of men keep talkin i will make bullets a part of ur skin,

    they hit u in the chest tear off part of your chin/ and you bitch niggas kinda sweet/

    i shit on ya plate why ya tryna eat he keep throwin salt but he kinda sweet and imma tear his ass up like it was vagina see/

    chop em up like he was benihana meat and i start goin in once i find a beat/ concert so crowded niggas cant even find a seat/

    talkin bout they got guns but the cant even find the heat/ my flow always in fast forward thats why they keep rewinded me/

    these rappers garbage and they keep remindin me/ everytime they spit a so called sixteen but ill keep exposin they ass like they had ripped jeans/

    my name purple but not because i sip lean it cuz i spit clean and everyday i get cream and this is not fiction this all fact/

    niggaz think they got the juice like roids so i go at they hats wit a ball bat you a snake nigga and you crew is all rats/

    so do everyone a favor and just fall back

  • Suspence

    Fat Joe died when Big Pun couldn’t write his rhymes for him no more.

    Go listen to old Fat Joe with like Big L & Big Pun and then listen to the shit he has now. You wouldn’t even think it was the same dude.

    • Drama

      go listen the darkside vol 1 snippets. big pun hoped out the casket and wrote that,too?

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