FAT JOE

The Elephant In The Room (Atlantic)


Rating: NNNNN


It must be hard to be Fat Joe. Pun passed away. Remy Ma hates him. Terror Squad is essentially gone. 50 Cent childishly skewers Joey Crillz online almost daily. But the b-boy mayor of the Bronx is still floating around the rap game 14 years later. “I am the magnifico / Cube at his prime, but I’m more like Eazy though,” he spits on the intro, but it’s an exaggeration, like his inexplicable proclamations about how much coke he can get you.

You know Flow Joe is spending way too much time in Florida if he’s collaborating with the atrocious, arrythmic Plies and the annoying, arrogant DJ Khaled. Weezy shows up to lazily drip his cough-syrup-thick flow Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch contribute some slick grit while Alchemist, a focused KRS-One and a 1994-era DJ Premier beat are enlisted to prove Joe hasn’t forgotten his NYC pedigree. But one of the most improved MCs in rap never quite proves his elephantine assertion. It must be hard to be Fat Joe.

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