Back in 2001 when Nas and Jay Z were enthralled in their Rap beef, Fat Joe sided with Nas resulting in tension between Terror Squad and Roc-A-Fella Records. But when the Jay Z-Nas beef was squashed between the two rappers, Fat Joe says he felt abandoned.
“When Nas caught beef with Jay Z, they threw the battery in my back,” the Bronx-bred rapper says in an interview with This Is 50. “Like, ‘We got beef with this man’ and I’m all muscle. So I’m like alright. And I’m moving a certain way and the moral to the story is that there was bad blood between Roc-A-Fella and Terror Squad for a long time and the next thing I know I seen Nas with Jay Z and there was peace. But it left me in the outskirts. He didn’t pick up the phone like, ‘Yo, I’m about to squash this.’ I would’ve told him go get money. I’m all about getting money, so I would’ve told him go get money. Now me and these niggas got beef because I was reppin’ you hard.”
Four years later, Jay Z and Nas ended up uniting on stage at the Continental Airlines Center in New Jersey. The pair also performed together.
Fat Joe says that now he and Jay are good but he does feel like the situation between himself and Nas could’ve been handled differently.
“I felt abandoned,” Fat Joe continues. “Like wow. I was frontin’ nine for a nigga.”
The full Fat Joe interview with This Is 50 is as follows:
Infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who daringly escaped prison on July 11, utilized a tunnel leading from the only “supermax” maximum-security prison in Mexico, where he’d been held. At least that’s the explanation Mexican authorities have given as to how the leader of the Sinaloa cartel escaped prison for the second time.
In the aftermath of the escape, VICE News went to Almoloya de Juarez to inspect the exit of the tunnel that “El Chapo” allegedly used, and spoke with an activist and former inmate of Altiplano prison who claims to have discovered flaws in the authorities’ version of events.
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Nas encounters his 3rd Great-Grandmother’s Bill of Sale, a devastatingly telling document, and imagines what his enslaved ancestors’ daily lives might have been like, from hardships and pain to marriage and celebration.
There’s only one rapper on the entire face of the Earth who has collaborated with both Nas and the Dalai Lama, and his name is Dwagie. A living legend, Dwagie is widely credited with releasing the first all-Chinese rap album, 2002’s Lotus From the Tongue. His latest, Refuse to Listen, further bridges the gap between Taiwan’s and America’s hip-hop scenes, boasting both an appearance by Nas, on the title track, and production from DJ Premier. The Taiwanese MC is playing a rare American show Friday at Highline Ballroom along with his country’s two other biggest music stars, A-Lin and Ascent, and an additional show Saturday at Coco 66. We spoke to Dwagie about having pioneered a hip-hop scene in Taiwan, as well as if it was harder to get the Dalai Lama or Nas on a track.
Do you recall your first exposure to hip-hop?
I think when I was a student, about 16 years old, I listened to my first mixtape. The mixtape had lots of types of music on it, but when I heard hip-hop, I knew it was the music I liked.
Was it an American hip-hop artist?
All from America.
In 2002 you put out Taiwan’s first hip-hop album, Lotus From the Tongue. What made you decide to pursue doing a full album?
I think hip-hop is different from other music. I can spread out my message with my lyrics. If you can read my lyrics, they’re not only about love or heartbroken, my songs are [about] social justice, human rights. I want my listeners to make this world a better place.
In your new song with Nas, “Refuse to Listen,” one of your lyrics translates to “If you want to make money, don’t provoke.” Since 2002, have you faced much resistance to making the music you want to make?
Yes, I think so. The tension between Taiwan and China is complicated, and when you have beef with China, you jeopardize the market in China. I remember in 2008, [with] Chinese rappers I got into a battle like the East-West coast in America. My boss from the record company at the time told me to back off. I was supposed to drop my second album around 2008, but because of the battle it was canceled for two years.
With you being one of the pioneers of rapping in Taiwan, did any live crowds have a hard time accepting a rap performance?
I don’t think so. Hip-hop is for everyone, not just for students or adults. It’s for everyone. We would perform everywhere, clubs, schools, government. Lots of people would come. At Chinese New Year’s Eve, we performed at a party the government held for 100,000 people. Lots of people come to see us.
Have you performed much outside of Taiwan?
Not really much. I’ve performed in Hong Kong, Japan, and New York, too, but 10 years ago at Columbia University.
How different are Taiwanese hip-hop audiences compared to the other places you’ve been?
In Taiwan, people understand what you are rapping, so at the venue they immediately get it. In Japan, they don’t know what you mean, so you have to use a lot of body language to hype up.
How did you link up with Nas?
I grew up listening to Nas’s music. At first I thought collaborating would be impossible, but after collaborating with the Dalai Lama, everything becomes possible for me. I used all my connections. I have a friend who works at Universal in New York. I told him I want[ed] to try to collaborate with Nas. Of course, it’s a really tough challenge, because we spent so much time on email, like a year. But that’s how it happened.
Did it take longer for the collaboration with Nas to happen than the Dalai Lama?
[Laughs] The Dalai Lama collaboration took two years. At first it was supposed to be one year. We bought a ticket, got everything ready to go, and then got a phone call that said, “Sorry, he’s got to meet with Obama.” [Laughs] So, “OK, what’s the next time we can see each other?” — and it was a year later. But I’m a devout Buddhist, so it was beyond my wildest dream to meet him in India.
A large group of people marched near downtown Houston Friday afternoon in support of a jailed hip-hop artist they say was wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault in May 2002.
Carlos Coy was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the assault of a 9-year-old girl who was staying at his home during a children’s sleepover.
Coy is known as South Park Mexican in Houston’s Latin hip-hop scene. He was a popular act in the late ’90s and early ’00s until the conviction and incarceration. In the past decade supporters have remained united behind him.
According to the Houston Press, this week representatives from the rapper’s local label, Dope House Records, intended to march to the Harris County district attorney’s office for a peaceful protest of the 12-year-old conviction. They say that Coy was convicted based on hearsay,without physical evidence. They would like to see his case retried. After the protest the group planned to return to the label’s location on Center Street for a mixer.
According to the Houston Press, Coy may not get a chance for parole until he’s at least 52 years old. Coy turns 44 on Sunday.
A Houston Press feature in the summer of 2002 told the tale of Coy, once the pride of Houston’s burgeoning hip-hop turned convicted child molester. His story of small-time street thug turned inspiration to Hispanic youth touched many, making the child molestation conviction more shocking to his supporters.
His label has managed to release new music under his name since his 2002 conviction, including the recent “Son of Norma” LP released on Sept. 30.
Rapper Too Short has been cited at a Southern California airport a day after fleeing a security checkpoint when a screener found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Burbank police Sgt. John Pfrommer says the rapper, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was passing through the checkpoint at Bob Hope Airport on Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed the handgun going through a baggage scanner.
The rapper fled the building via an exit door, leaving his belongings behind, the Burbank Leader reported.
Pfrommer says Too Short returned to the airport Thursday with his attorney and was cited on misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun in a public place.
He was released and is due in court Nov. 3. Police didn’t know who the rapper’s attorney is.
Too Short rose to prominence in the late 1980s out of Oakland. His hits include “Life Is … Too Short” and “Blow the Whistle.”
Last year, he was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of drunk driving and drug possession, according to the Los Angeles Times. In 2009, he was arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence and was charged with misdemeanor battery during a performance at an Idaho nightclub a year later.