Fat Joe has seen it all in his decorated career, and has claimed that other artists have “jacked” his music without facing legal consequences.
Joey Crack weighed in on Boosie Badazz threatening legal action against artists sampling and interpolating his work without permission during a recent Instagram Live, and named a few acts that he himself could’ve sued for biting his style.
“If you use somebody’s music and you sample it and you don’t clear it and you don’t give them no money, they can sue you,” he began.
“Me, personally, I have never sued nobody for that. And trust me, they done had ‘Make it rain, make it, make it, make it rain.‘ Or ‘Lean wit it, rock wit it.’ My shit’s been jacked legendary. ‘Shoooulder leeean.’ My shit been jacked!”
Joe continued: “If I went to court I’d be like, ‘Exhibit A — that shit don’t look like ‘Lean Back’ to you?’ […] I could’ve sued people for sampling my shit 10, 20 times.”
Watch the clip starting around the 1:30 mark below.
Fat Joe was alluding to Young Dro’s “Shoulder Lean” and Dem Franchize Boyz’s “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” which he believes both borrowed from Terror Squad’s 2004 hit “Lean Back.”
He also suggested Travis Porter’s “Make It Rain,” which dropped in 2010, pulled from his and Lil Wayne’s 2006 song of the same name.
Interestingly enough, Joe actually referenced “Shoulder Lean” on “Make It Rain,” on which he rapped: “Lil’ mama tryna hit me with that shoulder lean.”
The 53-year-old shared more thoughts on the rap game during an appearance on the Chazz Palminteri Show earlier this month, where he acknowledged that Hip Hop has evolved to the point where rappers no longer have to come from the streets to be successful.
“I won’t say that [in] 2023 because, y’know, there’s so many different forms of Hip Hop,” he said. “You get a kid of a celebrity, of a Hip Hop star and they grew up in a little house on the prairie, though, and so the hood is like, ‘Nah, you grew up rich … we don’t want to hear your story, you grew up rich.’
“So it’s very unfortunate for artists who have talented kids who want to become artists because the people in the streets are like, ‘Nah, they didn’t grow up like they dad.’”
After admitting that MCs needed to have a specific upbringing “to be considered authentic and real back in the day,” Joe acknowledged that “now it’s alright to grow up, ya know, middle class.”