MIAMI — Now that everyone from clubgoers to little kids to the old man driving beside him on the highway on Monday have leaned back to the sounds of Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, the Bronx MC is looking forward. He's just about wrapped up production on his next solo album, Things of That Nature, due November 16.
"The momentum is phenomenal right now," Joe said Monday night at DJ Khaled's Jerusalem studio.
With "Lean Back" sitting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and a performance slated for Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, Joey Crack plans to keep the momentum swinging his way with three new tracks. "Take Me Home," the next single from the Terror Squad album True Story, is already getting spins on some stations, and the first looks from Things of That Nature will be the street barn burner "You a Victim Boy" and the official first single, "Get Up," a Timbaland production coming soon. On that track, the general of the Terror Squad encourages people at the party — especially the ladies — to move something.
Joe says he joined forces with the acclaimed beat-miner thanks to his record-spinning Terror Squad brother.
"I seen [Timbaland], I always said what's up to him for years, but we never really talked. DJ Khaled was like, 'Yo, you and Tim really gotta do a joint. He's a legend, you a legend, I think y'all can make some new sh--.' "
Joe said once he and Timbaland agreed to align, they knocked out what he feels is going to be his next huge smash in a couple of studio sessions.
"It started up straight music, he played me the beat, the beat was crazy," Crack remembered. "Then I would come up with the chorus. I had to write the [lyrics] in the car. He's the type of
n---a — I could tell — he wants you to do the song right there. He don't give you time to breathe with the track. I see it, he wants that left hook, that magic right there on the spot. Make it happen. The next day I came back, we arranged it all together."
On Monday Joe was in cahoots with another superproducer who has moved down to MIA — Scott Storch (see "P. Diddy, Others Agree: Miami Is Hip-Hop Heaven"). The man behind the sonic boom of "Lean Back" was finishing a beat for Things of That Nature at his home studio. Cool and Dre, Swizz Beatz and DJ Khaled are among the other producers whose work appears on the project. And for the third time, R. Kelly got down with Joe for a track.