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.
“The Fat Joe Show” is back for more with another special guest: The multi-talented singer, songwriter, and actress Mya. Needing no introduction, host Fat Joe jumped right into her long list of classic R&B hits.
“When I think of you, I think of moments in hip hop,” he said referring to her countless tracks that have remained timeless bops throughout the past two decades. First on the list, “Best of Me (Part 2)” that featured a young rapper named JAY-Z. As Mya recalled, the original song featured legendary lyricist Jadakiss and was produced by Swizz Beatz, which was also the mega producer’s first R&B song. When it came time to put the album together, former music executive at Interscope Geffen A&M Records Steve Stoute enlisted his cousin Hov for a feature and the rest was history.
“That’s how everything was coordinated. Everything was an inside family type of deal,” she told Joe. This part two song, which was featured on DJ Clue’s album, DJ Clue? Presents: Backstage The Mixtape, was produced by Trackmasters, “It was definitely a moment, it’s a big club record. You know everybody has their preference between the original and part two,” she continued.
The two jumped to another classic: “Ghetto Superstar” by Pras Michel featuring ODB. She says that if it wasn’t for the late rapper who pushed to have her on the song, she wouldn’t have the iconic record under her belt. “I had only released one single with Sisqo, my very first single, ‘It’s All About Me’ right before that record,” Mya shared. “They were a little unsure and a lot of voices were on that hook prior to mine. So, ODB was the one that kind of stamped it… he convinced everybody to keep my chorus.”
Moving down the list of hits, Joe shared that one of her songs that he loves happens to be “Fallen,” which was the second single off her third album, Moodring. Produced by Ron Fair, who Mya credits as the reason for such a timeless track along with the sample from “Runnin’” by The Pharcyde, “It’s very very musical,” she added.
Joe then brought up the Verzuz battle between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, letting it be known it was a requirement that he heard “Girls Dem Sugar” by the dancehall king featuring her. The host applauded her for the long lists of hits and collaborations attached to her name. “You made these collaborations count,” he affirmed. She and Beenie have since performed the song countless times for years — getting major love from America to Jamaica. “That song has brought me just so much good vibes… I think that record just kind of sparked a lot of love from the Islands in general,” Mya admitted.
As Joe said, Mya is known for his extensive list of collaborations, so it was only right he brought up the iconic single “Lady Marmalade.” Though Mya claims she was unsure how big the song would be, it managed to break Billboard records, and held titles for years to come. “It was a really special moment for ladies coming together because everybody was already established, doing their own things and everyone was also so different,” she told Joe. “We knew it was going to be something special and different because it’s very rare that you see a lot of females get together. So, it was a moment.” The budget, she continued, was enormous as she, Lil’ Kim, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott each got glammed up Burlesque style to fit the Moulin Rouge! theme. Now approaching its 20th anniversary next year, “I hope we do something together,” said Mya about the track.
As the show continued, the two talked about her marriage to herself, COVID-19 vaccinations, her being an independent artist and more. Before wrapping up the episode, Mya had something she wanted to make clear to rapper and “Drink Champs” co-host Noreaga after an Instagram comment he wrote stating she was the first artist to deny a feature from him. The track in question, “Movin’ On,” featured Raekwon as well N.O.R.E., and was the lead single for the film Belly, and though N.O.R.E. is on it, Mya made it clear that any initial confusion was not her doing.
“I didn’t know anything about a feature exchange or what was negotiated because I was never involved with the process. So N.O.R.E.,” she said with a smile, “I apologize for whatever business was done on my behalf without me knowing. I just want to clear the air, I had nothing to do with that.”
To hear more of Mya’s stories, watch the latest “The Fat Joe Show” episode above!