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Fat Joe Quotes

Joseph Antonio Cartagena

Fat Joe quotes: Joey Crack’s best quotes.

“Envision what the end result is supposed to be. What do you want to be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself? Once we identify what the painting on the wall is, it is so much easier to bring in the right colors, canvas and brushes to paint that picture.”

“Success is about being relevant. People talking about you. Now there’s a different way of judging success. As long as you make money, that’s what it comes down to. The game has changed.”

“Once you achieve a level of success, you learn… something tells you, ‘Man this ain’t even for you.’ You got to share with the people. You got to inspire the people.”

“There’s no such thing as too much. If there’s too much, then that’s a great thing.”

“As long as you get your education and you stay focused, you can do anything.”

“Never get involved with a business that you can’t really be hands-on—that if your employees quit, you can’t run yourself. If I can’t cut hair, why open a barbershop?”

“I’m known to be hands-on, 100%. I don’t know any other way to be than a leader by example.”

“I credit my longevity in the industry to relationships I have maintained over the years.”

“We go after legacies because we just know that, sooner or later, people will understand what we bring to this culture and bring to the game.”

“Talking to people from the heart matters, and it’s unfortunately something brands have forgotten about. Celebrity endorsement deals try to gain recognition for brands, but at their core, what matters is if the celebrity truly backs the brand.”

“Everybody wants to be famous. You have to be ready to deal with consequences.”

“Everything has to evolve. Music has to go somewhere. That’s what keeps it fresh.”

“All I know is stars and hits, you know what I mean? I don’t just sign a guy because he has a hot record. I sign a guy because he’s a star. He’s a pillar of the community.”

“I’ve failed once or twice real big, independent.”

“I ain’t here to tell nobody what’s right or what’s wrong.”

“Man I got so many regrets. The biggest is that Eminem gave me so many demos—six different times he approached me, and I didn’t sign him. Shame on me.”

“I never lose touch. If you let me tell it, I’ll tell you I never got my just due and my respect for being one of the greats in hip-hop, and because of that, the fire never burned out. There’s more and more of a need for me to succeed or take the legacy a step further, and that’s what it is.”

“See, me, I don’t run away. During my successes or my failures, I put it on me.”

“I come from nothing, and growing up, I really didn’t have many people to inspire me, at least no good people to inspire me. Nobody in my family before me ever had anything. I grew up pretty much with nothing.”

“Nobody ever gave me nothing. I was three times this size, sneaking into record labels. Walking up 31 flights of stairs giving them my demo. They turn around and tell me I’m garbage. I walk back down, but I never gave up.”

“It feels like we all win when Joe wins. People know the struggle, everything I had to overcome. People feel like that’s them winning. If Joe could do it, they could do it.”

“As a little kid, I watched hip-hop get created. So it’s an honor for me to represent the Bronx, the motherland of hip-hop.”

“Before I was rapping, I was always around the rap game, even though I was in the streets. I would be at all the parties and all the events, and I was pretty hard to miss. I was one of the few Spanish cats sitting there with jewelry on, Dapper Dan suits. It was pretty hard to miss me.”

“I was really from the streets, and I really did hustle in a major way. When I got my record deal, I left the streets alone as far as hustling. I never, ever hustled again. I said, ‘I’m gonna change my life, I’m going legit. This is where I’m at.'”

“Fat Joe ain’t out here trying to battle-rap everybody in the world. That’s not what I’m about.”

“I’m trying to get in where I fit in and take it to the next level.”

“To have so many years in the rap industry and so many number one songs, and sold so many millions of records, introduced the world to people… having been able to influence the rap game for so long is very important to me.”

“I make hit records. I make hit records to motivate the people.”

“I’m not just a rapper. I’m a child educator.”

“When it’s all said and done, I want to look back on my career and say I did numerous things.”

“Food is like a legal drug. You can take 50 cents and walk into the store and buy a Twinkie and get high. And it’s killing people. It’s all about education and knowledge.”

“I love to eat. If I could eat everything in the world and still be healthy or wouldn’t catch a heart attack or stroke, I’d eat everything. I just can’t. So I got to watch my health and take care of my family.”

“I was a diabetic for 16 years, since I was 14. Being that I lost weight, no more diabetes. You don’t have to lose your eyesight, cut off your toes, have a stroke, get kidney failure. You just have to lose weight, you know?”

“My coldest days, my darkest days, ain’t no sun out, all I got is my fans. They the only people I ride for. Believe it or not, if you’re a real Fat Joe fan, a Terror Squad fan, I do it for y’all.”

“I look at my life as a pizza pie. And it’s a large pie at that, with a lot of slices. I make money from acting. I make money from being the president of Market America, Urban Latino. I make money from managing artists. I make touring money. I make money from my stores. I make money. So that’s how I look at it, and we bring it all together.”

“I made so much money that I was going to the bank every f*cking day to get $50,000 in cash. Every n*gga in my crew—30 n*ggas in the Bronx—has white f*cking Cadillac trucks with TS chains on.”

“I had this relationship with Nike for over 20 years and now they send me sneakers, and I do their events. So I went and built a store in the hood, which is very important to me. And then Nike tells me, ‘Yo, it doesn’t work like that.’ They were like, ‘You gotta get grandfathered in. You have to get vetted to have a store.’ I was like, ‘What? I have known you guys for 20 years.’ I went to a party that Michael Jordan was throwing and everybody was in there, and out of nowhere, you hear a loud voice, and it’s Michael Jordan. He goes, ‘Big Joe, your store’s grand opening. I’ll be there. I’m there,’ he said. Immediately the Nike execs and everybody went, ‘Oh, so you’re going to have a store? Oh really? Oh, we’re coming up there tomorrow and open it up.’ And so basically I was blessed Jordan heard a rumor about my store.”

“But I’ve been collecting sneakers my whole life, and I love sneakers, and I’ll never get tired of it. If a new one comes out, I gotta have it.”

“I’m so blessed to have a career. You’ve got to understand this: there are 10 million people trying to rap and only one makes it, and the fact that even when someone makes it, most of the time, 99%, they are a one-hit wonder.”

“Fat Joe ain’t on crack. He know what he talking ’bout.”

“I have been Fat Joe since I was a kid. It’s always been my name and always will be.”

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