Fat Joe likes to compare people on social media and on television. The rapper recently appeared on Rap City ’21, a revival of the classic BET hip hop culture show. During his appearance, Joe compared rapper DaBaby to rap legend Tupac Shakur.
Tupac fans and rap enthusiasts found this to be a ridiculous comparison. Fat Joe responded to the outrage by taking to Instagram to explain his words and thought process.
“I knew Tupac Shakur in real life. Not as a mythical person. I knew the man in real life. He was the realest rapper ever. So now when I think Pac, not just musically or whatever the case may be … I’m thinking DaBaby a real one. Certified real one, whether you like him or you don’t like him or whatever, I believe he lives what he raps. And that’s very much like Tupac.”
Fat Joe initially said that DaBaby was 2021’s version of Tupac. Joe’s intention was to clear the air about the intent of his statement. He believes DaBaby is as real as Tupac was. It was not a comparison of talent, but merely of their similar attitudes.
DaBaby downplayed the controversy. The rapper posted that he agreed with Joe’s talent evaluation. He also predicted the fan reaction. He continues to release new music and freestyles to his adoring fans. Life goes on.
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