Fat Joe “The Shit Is Real (DJ Premier Remix)” (1995)

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Jealous One’s Envy

Label: Relativity

Fat Joe: “He threw me for a loop because when I was like, ‘I want you to do the remix for this,’ [the beat] was slow. It didn’t sound like a Primo beat. If you heard it, you would be like, ‘Yo, Primo ain’t do this.’ I remember we were all sitting in front of the projects, and I played it loud, and by the second or third time I heard it, I was like, ‘This shit is crazy!’ So I got excited.

 

They would offer me shows, and I’d be like, ‘Nah, I’m good.’ I didn’t want to leave the block. Why would I want to leave my block? They looked at me as the king over there.

 

“We shot the video for that version and all that. That shit was hard. It’s probably the hardest record I ever did in my whole career. And the whole shit was real. That was the whole point. I shot the video in my neighborhood, in my building, and in my projects. All over the hood. I always represented.

“Within my first two albums, I never left my block. I never even wanted to go anywhere. They would offer me shows, and I’d be like, ‘Nah, I’m good.’ I didn’t want to leave the block. Why would I want to leave my block? They looked at me as the king over there. So it was only natural that I shot the video back on the block.”

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