Fat Joe stopped by the Breakfast Club and discussed everything from his upcoming memoir, The Book of Jose, to his comments about Irv Gotti, to his filing a lawsuit against his accountant. He also talked about his use of the n-word.
“First of all my projects is 90%, I’ll give you 80% Black still,” Joe said. “My grandmother’s projects is 99.9% Black to be clear. So I’m Spanish, I knew I was Latino, but the whole time I thought I was Black anyway. So my mom lives there 40 years before I was born, in this project, and I’m born blonde hair green-eyes. This shit crazy, right? She brings me there, the first thing is they go, ‘Oh look at this little n-gga Joey he got green eyes.’ The minute I’m walking the guys in the building is like, ‘Yo look at that little n-gga Joe, little Fat Joe,’ that’s all I knew my whole life before even elementary.”
“It’s a lot of woke society or something going on these days and Twitter and all that I guess they don’t understand where I come from, where I was born, or how I was raised or how I lived my whole entire life," he continued. "...We know that the record states that this is a negative word and I wish we never used it. You know? and I try my best...really seriously I been trying to stop, but I been saying this since I was born.”
It's a topic Fat Joe has discussed fairly regularly in some fashion over the years.
"Let's speak about Latinos not being Black," he said a few years ago on Ebro In The Morning. "Latinos are Black. In Cuba, at one time, there was eight million Cubans. Five million, unfortunately, were slaves," he said. "Three million were actual Cubans, and they integrated and had babies — same thing with Puerto Rico when you go to Loíza. And when you talk about Santeria, that came from the motherland, Africa. Sometimes, Latinos may even identify themselves with African and black culture more than Black people. This ain't no crazy thing. Fat Joe ain't on crack. He know what he talking about."