Fat Joe attends the 35th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards on November 30, 2021 in New York City.

Fat Joe Praises Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Line as "Hardest In Hip-Hop"

Fat Joe Praises Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Line as "Hardest In Hip-Hop"

Published Thu, January 20, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST

Fat Joe recently appeared on the I Am Athlete podcast, hosted by former NFL stars Brandon Marshall, Chad Ochocinco Johnson, LeSean McCoy and D.J. Williams; and Joey Crack shared what he felt was the dopest rap lyric he'd ever heard.

Joe picked a line from Jay-Z's "Feelin' It," a standout track on Jay's seminal 1996 debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

“The hardest lyric in Hip-Hop is on JAY-Z’s first album when he said, ‘Something something and we will be each other’s crutches,” Joe said.

The Jay line in question is "If every nigga in your clique is rich, your clique is rugged/Nobody will fall ’cause everyone will be each other’s crutches."

Joe explained why that verse in particular is so profound.

“So the point is this: everybody wanna be the man, everybody wanna be the guy everybody looks up to; there’s no real strength in that. The strength is everybody eating so if one of us falls, we can lift them up and put them back in the game. You have to understand that mentality.

“Whether your friend is a barber, we want him to be the best barber in the world. Your friend’s a mechanic? Best mechanic in the world. Your friend is in acquisitions and mergers? We want him to be the best. We need to be the best so that when we need each other, somebody’s there for us. We all there to cover all aspects.

“That’s the true power, the people power. There’s nothing more powerful than people power!”

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