Aaron Davidson/Getty ImagesFat Joe has fulfilled a dream with Jay Z jumping on his “All the Way Up” remix featuring Remy Ma.
“It was always on my bucket list to work with him,” Joe tells All Hip-Hop. “I’ve always been a big fan of Jay Z and an admirer of his music and what he’s done as a businessman… So when I was thinking about what would be the illest remix for New York City and for hip-hop, of course his name was on the top of the list.”
The Bronx, New York rapper says he contacted Jay Z through N.O.R.E. and Memphis Bleek. Once the Roc Nation CEO heard the request, his response was, “Let’s do it. I can’t wait.”
At the end of his verse, Jay Z raps, “Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/ We never gonna let the elevator take him down.” Fat Joe says he was in awe of the lyrics.
“Honestly, when I heard it I was like, ‘Oh my God. That verse is incredible.’”
After more than 20 years in the game, Joe, born Joseph Antonio Cartagena, says seeing “All the Way Up” reach the top ten is an incredible blessing.
“I’m not just happy, I’m ecstatic,” he comments. “It feels like I’m smoking crack or something. I don’t know how to act.”
Joe also says in the wake of Wednesday night’s fatal shooting at a T.I. concert in New York City, the message of unity in “All the Way Up” is more important than ever.
“We’re trying to show people you can have your differences but it can actually end peacefully,” he says. “It doesn’t have to end with death and destruction.”
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