Fat Joe Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Fat Joe “Dedication” (1995)

Producer: Domingo/Fat Joe/Rated R

Album: Jealous One’s Envy

Label: Relativity

Fat Joe: “That beat was so hard. My man Rated R found the sample. I believe The Beatnuts helped me flip that. It was a reflection of the time in hip-hop, where there was no beefing, and it was just love, and everybody supported each other. I made a song about everyone I had ever met in hip-hop and everybody I thought was dope. It was a dedication to hip-hop.

 

[People] talk about Fat Joe’s turbulent career, and having beef with this one and that one. If you listen to ‘Dedication,’ you’ll be like, ‘Damn, this nigga got along with everybody.’ It was a time when everybody would show up at everybody’s video, and everybody would support everybody. There were no real big egos in New York hip-hop.

 

“Everyone was repping. [People] talk about Fat Joe’s turbulent career, and having beef with this one and that one. If you listen to ‘Dedication,’ you’ll be like, ‘Damn, this nigga got along with everybody.’ It was a time when everybody would show up at everybody’s video, and everybody would support everybody. There were no real big egos in New York hip-hop.

“Writing that came easy. Whenever you’re writing some shit when you’re not trying to be so lyrical and you’re just trying to tell a real story, those are the easiest stories to tell. It’s like I’m talking to you.

“I don’t think Craig G ever liked me again in my life after [I said, ‘Craig G, forever trying to look like me.’] What happened was Craig G used to look like me. And if I would talk to a girl in the Bronx, he would talk to her. People would think I was him, and people would think he was me. So I was bigging him up, but at the same time, making a joke out of it, because so many people would stop us.

“Craig G was that nigga. He’s still up in Connecticut running that radio. Craig G is dope. He’s like the Funkmaster Flex up there.”

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