“Fat Joe is hip hop royalty," Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET said in a statement. "He has represented the artform and the Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop, throughout his outstanding musical career. He is a treasured friend of the network and we’ve loved seeing and supporting his evolution to becoming the superstar he is today. We can’t wait to watch him take the stage with his vivacious energy, standing together with today’s hottest and beloved hip hop stars.”
Fat Joe expressed his excitement to act as host.
“This will be the BIGGEST award show in history,” he said in a statement. “It’s truly an honor to host and produce the BET Hip Hop Awards and I can’t thank Connie and the entire BET family enough for this opportunity. We’re going to celebrate music, culture and entertainment, honor the biggest and brightest stars in the world and make this an unforgettable night full of laughs and surprises. Always remember that yesterday’s host is not today’s host.”
Fat Joe is also gearing up to hit the stage for another project. The rapper, who recently exclusively told Rock The Bells he doesn't plan on releasing any new music any time soon, is set to star in a one-man stand-up show. The theatrical experience is based on his upcoming memoir, The Book of Jose, and will include unfiltered, never-before-heard anecdotes about the rapper's life and career – from the time he spent in prison a decade ago to that time he was kidnapped in Angola, Africa.
“The world will be getting Fat Joe at his most authentic, vulnerable, and comedic self on that stage,” Joe said in a press release. “I’m not holding anything back. I’ve always taken pride in my storytelling, but we’re about to take it to the next level."
As for the BET Hip-Hop Awards, they will be taped from Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, September 30. The show will air Tuesday, October 4, at 9 p.m. EST on BET.