Fat Joe Talks J-Lo, Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun, Living in Miami, and Baseball
Fat Joe. He used to be fat. Never as big as Big Pun. But still, a few hundred pounds.
Times have changed, though. Now he's fit. He's got a sports talk show on MTV2. And these days, the NYC native lives in Miami, and he's headlining the Miami Marlins Summer Concert Series.
Here's what Joe has to say about meeting Big Pun, making friends with Notorious B.I.G., fishing with his Uncle Pipo, making new music with J.Lo, and his favorite MLB team.
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Crossfade: How did you get involved with the Miami Marlins?
Fat Joe: You know, I live in Miami. So every year, they come and ask me to come and bless the place. I've come out there to rock the place like two times already. I'm a big baseball fan.
Who's your favorite team?
You don't want me to answer that -- the Yankees.
Marlins know that?
Yeah, they know that. I'm sure they know.
What is your history with the sport?
Awww, my god. I played my whole life. I watched since I was a little kid. I love baseball.
Why do you think Cubans and Dominicans dominate the game so much?
You know, Dominicans, they love it so much. They come from a little island where not eveybody has a bunch of money. But with baseball, they have a way of providing for themselves and their family, so they make it a priority to be the best. They make a lot of money with baseball.
How did you first get into rap music?
I grew up in the birthplace of rap music, so it was all around me -- block parties, jams, cassette tapes, rap battles. It was just in my life, always.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Run-D.M.C. at Madison Square Garden. The place turned into a riot. The whole place. The whole stadium. That was my first concert.
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