If Fat Joe and Future‘s new video for “Love Me Long Time” looks familiar, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. For his new clip, the Terror Squad looked to the Notorious B.I.G. and his Junior M.A.F.I.A. for inspiration.
“I was like, ‘You know what, let’s just do the Biggie joint,’ ” Joe told MTV News right before singing the chorus to Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s 1995 hit “Get Money.”
The original “Get Money” video starts off in a courtroom as B.I.G. faces trial; meanwhile, he and his fictional wife (played by rapper Charli Baltimore) are going through martial problems at home. The Eif Rivera directed “Love Me Long Time” opens in a similar manner. “The courtroom, we played it more like family and kids, and the girl was obviously cheating on me,” Joe explained. “We pulled it off. I’m real happy with the video.”
While the end result is a welcomed homage, Joe admits that without Future, who supplies the song’s hook, the video would’ve went in a totally different direction. “I had another treatment, and your man Future was actually like, ‘Yo, we gotta do somethin’ like you the Don man, you Joey Crack,’ ” he said recalling the conversation between him and his latest collaborator.
Fat Joe, who will turn himself in to serve four months in prison after pleading guilty to tax charges , is thrilled that he gets to keep Biggie’s legacy alive. “A lot of young kids, they don’t even remember all that, so we’re just bringing it back,” he said proudly. “Now I’m sure they’re gonna put MTV Jams, mine and the Biggie/Junior M.A.F.I.A. joint, so just bring that back — that vibe when videos were good.”