Fat Joe Provides Advice To Aspiring Rappers: "You Gotta Get A Job!"

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Music artist Fat Joe arrives at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Fat Joe says that aspiring rappers should have day jobs to supplement their income.

Fat Joe gave some advice to aspiring rappers during a video posted to social media over the weekend. He says that artists who aren't signed to a record contract, nor are financially stable yet, should be getting a regular job to supplement their income.

“If your man said he raps and he don’t have a deal. There’s a problem with that,” he told his audience on Instagram Live. “It’s called plan A, get a job. Plan B, hope you make it. This has never changed. Some guys be like, ‘I gotta get a regular job?’ Bro, you gotta get a job! If you got kids and you got this girl that got an apartment and y’all sexin’ it up every day, you got to pay some bills.” From there, he quoted Nas' hit song, “Life’s A Bitch." He remarked, “And that dollar and a dream — ‘That buck that bought the bottle could’ve struck the lotto.’ Nah!”

Fat Joe In Concert

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Fat Joe performs onstage with Angelica Vila during the TIDAL's 5th Annual TIDAL X Benefit Concert TIDAL X Rock The Vote At Barclays Center - Show at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL )

Fans weren't entirely happy with the message Joe put forth. When the clip was posted to the Hip-Hop Wolf  Instagram account, one commented, “It’s too many people out here telling people how to live their lives." Another wrote: "I bet Joe would have hated for someone to tell him that and crush his dreams when he was coming up. Smh! Then he brings the women into it to make matters worse Smh!”

Fat Joe's Advice To Aspiring Rappers

Despite the advice from Joe, the legendary rapper previously called the major label system a "Ponzi scheme." “I don’t believe in these people," he said during an interview with Wall Street Journal, earlier this month. He added that major labels "do funny math.”

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