Fat Joe is getting dragged on Twitter for his latest remarks on the origins of hip-hop. The New York native posted a video montage on Instagram on Thursday (Aug. 26) celebrating the Latino artists who paved the way for him in hip-hop. In the caption of the 45-second video he wrote, “Thank you Thank you Thank you for your contribution to HIP HOP.” The video was received well on Instagram but the next day (Aug. 27) Joe got a lot of backlash with his controversial comments on who were the real originators of hip-hop.
While supporting DJ Khaled’s newest album God Did, the “Lean Back” rapper hopped on Instagram Live and noticed some haters in the comment section responding to his previous post on Latino rappers and DJs in hip-hop. Around the 52-minute mark, he called them out and stated, “Lately, they’ve been talking about, ‘Latinos wasn’t in rap.’ These guys are f—ing delusional.”
“When hip-hop started, it’s Latinos and blacks– half and half,” Joe added. The father of three then spoke on the remarks he’d gotten from naysayers. “‘F— that… Latinos wasn’t there, you were invited… You’re a specimen,” he restated.
One fan on Twitter said, “DJ Khaled is arguably the biggest culture vulture in hip hop & we have Fat Joe (another culture vulture) to ‘thank’ for that.” Another said, “I’m not here to s— on Fat Joe or tear down his legacy. But his rhetoric needs to be addressed and checked. If he avoids this conversation he will be destroying his own legacy. I’m also more surprised at the guys around him that aren’t saying anything.”
Take a look at how Twitter reacted to Joe’s statement: