Fat Joe is speaking out of turn, but in a positive light for once. With all due respect to Fat Joe’s legacy as a key player in the emergence of hip hop as a commercially ble entity, he has still made a few borderline offensive remarks along the way, akin to your parents learning about a new edgy social issue for the first time. This time out, he’s showing a little foresight in his praise of Jaden Smith, arguably the most successful offspring carrying on their lineage.
Fat Joe sat down with Power 106 FM last month to discuss a bunch of feel good stories about his past including his foray into acting, and an instance where he came close to clipping Smokey Robinson, as shocking as that sounds. All things considered, the bit about Jaden Smith is the most startling discovery, because it contradicts his views up to this point. Mind you, Joe is a musical chameleon and his sensibilities have been accurate on more than one occasion. Here he describes Jaden Smith as the rare hip hop offspring to break away from his parent’s shadow, bringing up the “Icon” video as a fitting example of the young rapper’s intuitive steps.
Fat Joe knows a thing or two about being the lesser of two “siblings.” It was only after Pun’s passing that his star really started to emerge, and not for a lack of trying.