Fat Joe Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

D&D All-Stars “1, 2 Pass It” (1995)

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: The D&D Project 12 Inch

Label: Arista

Fat Joe: “That was classic, because for years I had worked on albums at D&D. It was Primo’s home base. Everything with Premier was done at D&D. At the same time, that was the hangout. We would go to D&D, shoot pool, and talk to everybody.

 

[Primo sampled my line, ‘Bring it on if you think you can hang,’ on Jay-Z’s album]. I saw Jay-Z, and he was like, ‘Yo man, we’re gonna send you some publishing. We used your voice on this [song].’ That shit was cool.

 

“Being that it was a posse track, they said they only needed eight bars. So I turned around and did it. And you know, Lord Finesse was who inspired me to even rap. So at that time, I thought Finesse should have been on that record. So I think subliminally I threw a little shot, and was like, “Motherfuckers know who’s the best, if it ain’t Fat Joe then it must be Lord Finesse.’ That was letting them know, ‘Yo, that’s my brother, and I don’t know what he ain’t doing on this. But he deserves to be on here.’

“Then [Primo sampled my line, ‘Bring it on if you think you can hang,’ on Jay-Z’s album]. I saw Jay-Z, and he was like, ‘Yo man, we’re gonna send you some publishing. We used your voice on this [song].’ That shit was cool. Reasonable Doubt is a classic album. That whole album was crazy. To have my voice on there was dope.”

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