West appears alongside Fat Joe and Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Miguel, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Roscoe Dash and Jadakiss on Don Cartagena’s latest single, “Pride N Joy.”
“In the world of Kanye West, it’s an adventure,” Fat Joe told MTV News of their in-studio collaboration when we visited Joe Crack, Kanye and the rest of the gang on the set of the single’s Hype Williams-directed video.
“I got a phone call from Kanye West. He said, ‘Yo, Joe, it’s time, let’s do it,’ ” the Terror Squad MC said of how the collaboration came about. “You know, he’s one of my favorite rappers of all time, one of my favorite producers, so when he gave me the call, I jumped on that plane immediately and I said, ‘Let’s go.’ ”
While Yeezy loved the track Joe played for him, he ended up taking it apart and putting it back together to his specifications. “He was like, ‘Yeah, all right, engineer, erase everything … and now let’s start,’ ” Fat Joe recalled of ‘Ye’s process. “I was like, ‘Wow, this guy’s crazy,’ but you know, it’s an adventure.”
Whatever the process, Fat Joe walked away in awe of West’s creativity. “It was amazing, man. He’s a genius,” he said. “To get in there with him is incredible, and he likes perfection, and that only means the record is going to be hot, so, you know I love it.”
Whether the two will work together again anytime soon is anyone’s guess. “I really don’t know. You know, there’s some rumors,” Joe said cryptically. “That’s all I can say. It’s a rumor until it happens, just put it like that.”
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