Of course, as hard as it is to agree on the greatest rapper of all time, it’s also hard to pick the best rap lyric of all time, and that would be a personal opinion.
Fat Joe also made some statements based on his own personal views. He used a line from JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt and gave his opinion. Still, all the puns found on Hov’s 1996 debut album are simpler, but no less deep.
Fat Joe said in his statements:
“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!”
Fat Joe also talked about some of his past feelings about Jay-Z. He said they weren’t always on good terms.
“There’s a little bit of jealousy involved,” he said. “The man was always winning. I might have been a little jealous if I’m gonna be a man about it. He won at everything. He had the baddest chick in the world. He was just winning.
“I always had the streets, no matter who I had beef with. And so The Rucker is part of the streets. That was the streets in the summertime, and out of nowhere here comes this guy after I win five chips in a row, he wants a team!”
Fat Joe also referred to Kanye West, Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne rhyme partner, on his I Am Athlete podcast, expressing his love for him.
“I love him to death,” he said. “I won’t turn my back on him, no matter what he do. He’s a genius, he’s incredible and I fuck with him. A lot of people we cool with, they don’t vote like us or they don’t agree with everything, but we gotta fuck with him; he made ‘Jesus Walks’!”