During the early 1990s, the Native Tongues was one of rap's most influential collectives. Comprised of groups A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, the crew collaborated on beloved hip-hop tracks like De La's "Buddy" and "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'." It's unifying tracks like those that inspired Fat Joe's latest single "Pride N Joy."
"That's exactly what it was," Fat Joe said of the song's Native Tongues comparisons. "It was like Native Tongues, it was like crazy, everybody was in there, and that's what hip-hop is supposed to be."
The track was produced by Kanye West and brought Miguel, Roscoe Dash, Jadakiss, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled all together in the studio. It was Yeezy who put the plan in motion.
" 'Ye hit me up and said, 'Yo Joe, it's time.' He don't even get on the phone, so when he said it was time, I flew into New York," Joe explained while backstage at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert on Sunday. "We were up in there working in the lab for like three, four days."
Originally the track featured a bridge sung by R&B stars Trey Songz and Miguel, but West felt the song was better served with a harder rap vibe. "He was like, 'Yo we gotta turn it into hip-hop, we gotta chant the hook. He called a bunch of people, I called a bunch of people, they came down," Crack said.
"And even if she all about the money, I don't really care," the MCs chant in unison while clapping their hands.
"We was all in there together and it was an ill vibe," the Terror Squad leader said describing the scene in the studio. "We brought the microphone outside the studio and no Styrofoam [sound proofing] and everybody together just going in."
Though he is already two singles deep ("Pride N Joy" and the Chris Brown-assisted "Another Round"), Joe isn't going to rush his eleventh album. There is currently no release date.
"I'm taking it back to the '80s, when artists where putting out like four singles in a row," he said. "That way you smash 'em and the fans officially know, 'Yo, this dude got nothin' but hits on this thing, I'ma go cop the album.' "
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