Fat Joe Reflects On Hip-Hop 50 Live Concert: "It's Like Heaven"

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Fat Joe performs onstage during Hip Hop 50 Live at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)
Fat Joe spoke incredibly highly of his experience at the Hip-Hop 50 Live concert.

Fat Joe says that performing at the Hip-Hop 50 Live concert at Yankee Stadium "felt like heaven." He discussed the star-studded show with AllHipHop. The event also welcomed appearances from Run-DMC, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, EPMD, as well as several Wu-Tang Clan members, and even more artists.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s unreal,” Fat Joe told AllHipHop. “It’s like heaven. You died and woke up in heaven. What was best about [the event] was young boys with they own speakers outside it. [They were outside] Yankee Stadium rapping, freestyling. Then you had bands out there playing … We in the middle of the street having fun.”

Fat Joe Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: Fat Joe performs at the fiftieth anniversary of Hip Hop block party near 1520 Sedgwick Ave on August 12, 2023 in The Bronx borough of New York City. On August 11th, 1973, Clive Campbell, also known as Kool Herc, and his sister Cindy Campbell organized a "jam" in the rec room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. The event aimed to gather funds for school attire. Girls' admission was 25 cents, while boys paid 50 cents. At that time, they were unaware that this party would be the beginning of the Hip Hop movement. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Not everyone has had such a positive response to the recent Hip-Hop 50 celebrations. Uncle Luke, for one, complained on social media about a lack of recognition for fellow Florida rappers at the events. He argued that he's dealt with “disrespect towards Florida hip-hop” for years.

During an appearance on the AllHipHop podcast, Geto Boys rapper Willie D also took a negative opinion on the vents. He e explained: “Shit’s wack. Because a lot of it is being put on and presented by gatekeepers who don’t have the best interest of the culture at heart. And it’s a money grab for them. They’re picking and choosing who they think should receive praise, who should receive accolades.”


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.