The backlash surrounding Fat Joe’s comparison of DJ Khaled to the legendary Quincy Jones has prompted a response from the Bronx rapper, who felt the need to defend himself.
Joe was recently a guest on “Drink Champs” where he discussed a range of topics, including Khaled’s recent album, Khaled Khaled. When on the topic of the JAY-Z and Nas collaboration, “SORRY NOT SORRY,” he praised his friend for his production of a “smash hit” before likening him to Jones.
“People take away the greatness from Khaled,” Fat Joe told N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “And they say, ‘Well he just gets a bunch of big-time rappers and puts them on the same song.’
There’s a million DJs and producers that try that. And those ain’t hit records. And it’s been a long time since we’ve heard Nas and JAY-Z on what to me sounds like a smash hit. That’s a smash hit. They can play it on the radio, it’s streaming incredibly. So, Khaled really is the Quincy Jones of hip-hop right now.”
Unfortunately, the comment wasn’t well received by many social media users whose reactions caused “Quincy Jones” to trend on Twitter.
Getting wind of the negative reactions to his comparison, Fat Joe doubled down on his statement, providing an explanation for those followers who didn’t understand what he meant the first time around.
“All these back seat drivers Monday morning quarterbacks always got an opinion but can’t do it themselves shit crazy,” Joe said. “To me, the term Quincy Jones of this time was used in reference to the work Khaled has put in years and years of hits. Obviously, there’s only one Quincy,” he added, “But fuck it.”
Look below to watch Fat Joe talk DJ Khaled and more during his appearance on the most recent episode of “Drink Champs.”