Fat Joe has a loyal following around the world and he loves speaking to them. The rapper has seen resounding critical and commercial success. Most recently, Joe spoke out about his childhood betrayal.
A&E’s Origins of Hip Hop is giving us another another look at key moments in hip-hop history. The series will focus on the origin tales of numerous of our favorite musicians by interviewing not just them, but also their friends, family members, and collaborators. Recently on “Origins of Hip Hop,” Fat Joe recounted the day his childhood closest friend joined his bullies and jumped him.
The artists shared their childhoods, hurdles they’ve experienced, and how they ascended to popularity. Fat Joe revealed the moment he became “Joey Crack” in a clip. Fat Joe revealed that when he was younger, he had a best buddy named Leonard who betrayed him.
Since two years old, he’s Fat Joey forever. When I was in junior high they would bully me every day. You know, I’m not gonna lie, it’s scary looking out the classroom window knowing that there’s 20 guys waiting to beat my ass. They never fought me fair. They would always jump me.
They were like, ‘Well if you don’t jump him with us, we’re gonna beat you up every day too — and my friend Leonard jumped me with them. I went home and I cried for so many hours. I had a black hoodie on, black jeans and black Timberland chukkas. I’m tying my chukkas over and over again and I was like, ‘I don’t give a f-ck I swear to God, giving it to everybody. That was the birth of Joey Crack. That was like, ‘I don’t give a f-ck about nobody, care about nobody, I am giving it to everybody. My heart turned black that day; I just lost it.
Joe and Leonard would do all of the fun kid activities such as play video games. The bullies then attacked Leonard and demanded to know why he was hanging out with Joe. The rapper said that Leonard eventually said that Joe was not his friend. Check out the video below.
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