Fat Joe opens up about the state of Hip Hop today with Stephen A. Smith: Listen now

'I wish we wouldn’t hate our own'
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On a brand new episode of Know Mercy with Stephen A. Smith, Stephen interviews Bronx-born rapper Fat Joe. The two discuss the state of Hip Hop today, and his life now as a mentor and philanthropist to the next generation. Also up for discussion, Joe’s early struggles growing up in the projects of New York, his award-winning and pioneering music career, and his compelling memoir, The Book of Jose.

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After talking about settling his beef with 50 Cent, Joe was prompted by Stephen to share his thoughts at the matter regarding today’s generation of Hip Hop. Pointing out that so far this year 14 artists have lost their lives, most recent of which was Takeoff.

Noting Biggie, Tupac, and Jam Master Jay, Joe said, “they were like spaced out, it’s like these kids are getting killed every other week.”

“It’s sad,” He continued, “I wish we wouldn’t hate our own, I wish we wouldn’t be jealous of our own. Rappers went from being heroes to now being targets.” Also noting that “social media don’t help.”

To hear it all, check out the episode above.

Stephen A. Smith knows mercy… when it’s warranted. On Know Mercy Stephen A. will give you his straight shooter point of view beyond the world of sports, breaking barriers and pulling back the curtain on politics, entertainment, and business. Three times a week, you’ll hear his unfiltered opinions on front page news and pertinent cultural events, as well as interviews with outspoken celebrities and thought leaders across the societal arena. You’re guaranteed to be entertained, informed, and motivated. And one thing will be clear: you don't need to know sports to know mercy.

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