The lack of veteran support for today's new generation of emcees is well-documented. I’ve personally written about it enough to not even want to dive into it, but just know that it’s a thing and it has become very tiresome.
Imagine my relief, then, hearing Fat Joe on a recent appearance on The Combat Jack Show humbly denying the title of “King of New York” and asserting that “we gotta support these little n*ggas.”
Joe’s comments begin at around the 19-minute mark.
While Joey Crack doesn’t name-drop any artists he enjoys outright, the mere mention of support for new age of rappers, unfortunately, puts Joe in what seems to be the minority of veteran emcees.
It’s refreshing to hear Joe act with such humility in an attempt to dodge the sort of sensationalism that’s been plaguing hip-hop dialogue recently, and it’s nice to know that he still has his ear to the streets and isn’t giving in to the “hip-hop is dead” mentality that so many of his peers perpetuate on a daily basis.
One possible reason for Joe’s acceptance of the new school is the number of successes he's managed to attain years after his initial peak, often much later than is usual for a hip-hop career. Joe’s music has also been accepted by a crowd much younger than his own, so it’s easy to see why he might be eager to return the favor.
As CEO (and one of only two active artists next to Remy Ma) of Terror Squad Entertainment, it also makes sense that Joe would want to prolong his empire by ushering in a new roster of talent, which would be made much easier by gaining the support of his contemporaries.
Regardless of his motivation or intentions, just hearing a veteran who came up during the “golden era” and prolonged his relevancy up to present day support the next wave of hip-hop contributors is cause for kudos.
Thanks for keeping it real, Joe. It’s undoubtedly part of the reason you’ve prospered in this game for so long.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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