By Rob Markman
Fat Joe sure knows how to keep a secret. When studio pictures of Joe Crack, Kanye West, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled made their way onto Twitter back in April rap fans figured the Bronx MC was up to something big. Still When MTV News ask
ed Joey about the photos a week after they dropped, he didn’t give a way much.
“Hip-hop moments, that’s it. It was just a back-in-the-days hip-hop moment,” Joe Crack told MTV News about the all-star studio session one week after the pictures leaked. “For, like, a whole week, we’ve just been vibing, everybody’s been vibing with each other, and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Joey told MTV News that he, Yeezy and the gang were “discussing hip-hop politics,” but they were clearly up to so much more. On Wednesday night, the Terror Squad leader hit iTunes with “Pride N Joy,” a breezy love ode featuring Kanye, Miguel, Jadakiss, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), DJ Khaled, Roscoe Dash and Busta Rhymes.
Only Yeezy and Joe actually rap on the track, trading rhymes back and forth for a few bars. “Birkin bags made of python, she’s a beautiful nightmare,” Joe raps before ‘Ye chimes in spitting, “Turn the lights on.” Interestingly, Joe recruited capable MCs Miguel and Roscoe Dash not to rap on the track, but rather to harmonize on the song’s hook.
Cook Coke Crack continues to serenade the object of affection, lyrically showering her with expensive presents like Christian Louboutin shoes and courtside Knicks tickets. On the song’s bridge, Jadakiss, Mos Def, Khaled and Bus support Joey’s lavish gift-giving when they sing, “And even if she all ’bout the money I don’t really care/ I got a lot of money there’s enough of it that we can share.”
“Pride N Joy” carries a sort of 1990s Native Tongues vibe popularized by groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. In that case, maybe Joe’s original description of the studio session wasn’t too far off after all; maybe it was just “a back-in-the-days hip-hop moment.”