Fat Joe has been featured on a posse cut or two through the course of his 19-year career, but his recently-leaked, “Pride N Joy” single feels like uncharted territory…even for the Bronx Bomber.
Though the record—featuring Kanye West, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), DJ Khaled and Roscoe Dash—sounded like a rough draft when premiered by Funkmaster Flex on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Crack assures it’s the final version.
“It’s the final version unless there’s something I don’t know about,” Joe told XXL. “We did a bunch of shit. Kanye, he mixed that record eight times and he had it in different ways. Like, I got Trey Songz on that shit, Miguel. We had a bunch of niggas on that shit. If niggas really want more versions, I’m sure there’s gonna be a remix. I’m sure it’s gonna get iller. I love the way it came out.”
Despite being billed as a star-studded affair, Yeezy and Roscoe Dash are the only two guests on the forefront of the song. ‘Ye trades bars with Joey on the first verse, a la EPMD, while Roscoe handles the hook. The remainder of the guests sing background rather than spit verses as expected. Crack said it was all West’s idea.
“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. Niggas just said, ‘We’re not singers.’ And he was like, ‘That’s the dope shit.’ We off beat. We ain’t no R&B niggas. We singin’ that shit off beat.”
Joe was particularly amped about one feature on the song.
“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 fuckin’ bitches.”
The Terror Squad general also says finally working with ‘Ye is one of the proudest moments of his legendary career.
“Kanye West [is] so validated and considered one of the very best of all time, one of the geniuses, the Berry Gordies, Quincy Joneses, and it was an honor for him to work with me,” he explained. “I honestly believe I got another stripe from me workin’ with Kanye. And that’s hard for me to do ’cause I worked with everybody you can name in the world from LL to Eminem, to everybody.”—Carl Chery (@cchery)