Rapper Fat Joe defended his use of the racial slur “n—–” during a sit-down interview with “The Breakfast Club” on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Fat Joe insisted no one is going to tell him what to say, but he admitted he has tried to stop using the word.
The 52-year-old rapper, born Joseph Cartagena, said, “no one’s going to pressure” him to stop using the n-word. He also said he knew he was Latino but he thought he was part Black.
“My grandmother’s projects is 99.9 percent Black, to be clear. So, I’m Spanish,” he said. “I knew I was Latino, but the whole time, I thought I was Black anyway.”
“So, my mom lived there 40 years before I was born, in this project. And I’m born blonde hair, green eyes … This sh*t crazy. She brings me there, the first thing they go, ‘Oh, look at this little n—– Joey. He got green eyes.’ The minute I’m walking, the guys from the building is like, ‘Yo, look at that little n—– Joe. Little Fat Joe.’ That’s all I knew my whole life.”
Fat Joe blamed today’s woke culture for trying to cancel him.
“It’s a lot of woke society or something going on these days,” he said.
“And Twitter and all that I guess they don’t understand where I come from, where I was born or how I was raised or how I lived my whole entire life. Now we know we use it as love. We know that the record states that this is a negative word. I wish we never used it.”
Watch the interview below.