Fat Joe is opening up about his controversial use of the n-word.
During his visit to “The Breakfast Club” to promote his new book The Book of Jose, the Bronx rapper addressed the criticism he has faced throughout the years for including the word in his music despite the fact that he is not Black.
Joe, who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, explained that he starting using the controversial slang because he grew up mostly around Black people.
“First of all my projects is 90%–I’ll give you 80%–Black still,” Joe said. “My grandmother’s projects is 99.9% Black to be clear. So I’m Spanish, I knew I was Latino, but the whole time I thought I was Black anyway.”
He continued, “So my mom lived there 40 years before I was born, in this project, and I’m born blonde hair, green eyes. This shit crazy, right? She brings me there, the first thing they go, ‘Oh look at this little ni**a Joey, he got green eyes.’ The minute I’m walking, the guys in the building is like, ‘Yo look at that little ni**a Joe, little Fat Joe,’ that’s all I knew my whole life before even elementary.”