Fat Joe has expressed his deep admiration for The Notorious B.I.G. In a new interview, he said that he listens to at least one song from the late Brooklyn legend every day. The recent interview, which took place with Angie Martinez for Iconic Records, features Fat Joe revealing some interesting tidbits about his past and connection to Biggie. He revealed how he facilitated the collaboration between Biggie and Bone Thugs N Harmony for the track “Notorious Thugs.” Futhermore, he recalled receiving the devastating news of Biggie’s passing. However, he went on to emphasize the impact the iconic rapper had on New York City.
According to Fat Joe, Biggie’s death left a lasting void in the hearts of New Yorkers. He described Biggie as the symbol, the essence, and a beloved figure of the entire city, not just Brooklyn. Joe also admitted that the loss of Biggie continues to evoke a bitter feeling. Still, he says that he finds solace in listening to Biggie’s music. According to Joe, it brings him joy and serves as a reminder of the late rapper’s greatness. “It’s always going to give us a bitter taste. We’re never going to get over it,” Joe said. “Every time I have a good time — if I’m on a yacht, if I’m celebrating life — anytime I want to feel good, I put on Biggie Smalls. I hear a Biggie Smalls song every single day of my life.”
Fat Joe And His Role In Biggie’s Career
This isn’t the first time Fat Joe has shared the story of how he played a role in bringing Biggie and Bone Thugs N Harmony together for the collaboration. In a throwback picture posted on social media, the MC revealed that Biggie personally reached out to him. He allegedly requested the involvement of Bone Thugs N Harmony on a song. The resulting track, “Notorious Thugs,” became an iconic moment in hip-hop history. Steve Lobel, who managed Bone Thugs N Harmony, confirmed Fat Joe’s contribution to the collaboration during an interview in 2015. He stated that Joe played a vital role in connecting the artists.
“Notorious Thugs” is the opening track on the second disc of Biggie’s album Life After Death. “Fat Joe calls me and says ‘[Puff Daddy] is gonna call you. I think Puff had called Fat Joe because he knew I used to work with Fat Joe and we were really tight,” Lobel said of the situation. “I worked with Fat Joe, also Big Pun. Puff called and said, ‘Big’s at the Record Plant he want to do a song with Bone.’ I said ‘Ok, let me round these guys up.’” The rest is history. What do you think of Fat Joe’s opinion on Biggie’s impact? Let us know in the comments below!