Introducing Joeprah. That’s Fat Joe’s new nickname thanks to his brand new REVOLT series “The Fat Joe Show.” On the show, the recording artist turned media personality chops it up with some of your favs for dope conversation and good laughs. Get into it.
This week’s “The Fat Joe Show” was a star-studded event, as several prominent activists and celebrities tuned in for a Black Lives Matter theme. Guests featured discussed their starting points in activism and the moment they realized it was for them. Stars like the legendary Houston rapper Bun B also joined in to talk about modern-day society and love amongst the Black community.
“We gotta fight for that change because oppressed people have never been given justice. Everything they ever wanted, they had to fight for that shit,” Bun stated. “They not going to give us what we want, that’s why we have to march, we have to stand up!”
During the show, he and Fat Joe talked about the elements that are blatantly exemplifying a change that is most certainly necessary. B goes back to late May when the protests began in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd, “If they hadn’t started doing what they did …that cop still might not [have] even be [put] in jail.”
“We got no choice but to do this shit,” Joe added. However, a major lesson for this generation is how to use music, art, and community-building to combat certain systems meant to destroy.
Being a fighter in his own right, the other half of the iconic duo UGK has since done his share of work for the cause. Just last month, B along with Mr. Biggs debuted an eight-minute short film titled The Future Is Mine that explored racism and America’s violent history since the arrival of Christopher Columbus and ending with the most recent tragedies such as police killings.
The Houston rapper’s stance in the matter is to know your worth. When Joe brought up the act of looting Black businesses, Bun tapped in with a word, saying, “That’s where we are when it comes to self-worth.”
“We live in a time where if you don’t have high brand luxury clothes on, you don’t have that belt and them shoes, and that shirt and the jewelry, then you don’t have no value. Your life is not lit, it’s not all the way up for you,” making a play on Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s hit single “All The Way Up.” B continued to say that he isn’t surprised that’s what people are initially going after.
“It’s all about reclaiming your humanity and your dignity. So many young people in the cities — their dignity and the way they present themselves to the world is not by character, it’s by presentation. So that’s why they go straight to that.” Putting himself in their shoes, B added: “I’ve been denied this. I’m finna go break into the Gucci store. Now, I’m somebody.”
As he stated, it’s a complex situation, and as Joey Crack added, it’s a sense of self-hate. As Floyd Mayweather mentioned in last week’s episode, people only want you to go so far in life. Joe explains that during these times, many people find themselves upset over celebrity reactions due to their status and financial surplus in some cases, making them deemed unrelatable.
“Well, they mad both ways. If you ain’t getting money, you a ‘broke boy’ and they ridicule you for that, they harass you for that. If you getting too much money [now], you out of touch with the hood,” Bun explained. “It’s a fucked up dynamic that we have with each other in the inner cities. We don’t lift up the poor and we don’t give credit for the ones that made it out the right way.
“We got a funny dynamic within ourselves that we have to come to terms with because if we want the world to treat us as equals, we got to tear down some of these walls within our respective communities and value each other as equals.”
B speaks on the duty of elders, which is to be straightforward with the youth before ending his chat with Joe. “I’m 47. I’m a father, I got grandkids. Would I be out there rioting and looting right now? No, but I remember when I was 20.” He continues, “19- 20-year-old me … you got a problem!”
Watch this week’s episode of “The Fat Joe Show” to hear from more of our Black leaders.