Fat Joe Blames Unreleased JAY-Z Collaboration on Issue With the NFL

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While promoting The Book of Jose, Fat Joe told GQ that his unreleased collab with JAY-Z may never drop due to a deal Hov has with the NFL.

Fat Joe is pointing the finger at the NFL for costing him an unreleased collaboration with JAY-Z. While promoting his new memoir The Book of Jose in an interview with GQ, Joe explained that Hov recorded a guest appearance on one of his tracks in 2019, also inking a deal with the NFL that year. According to Joe, Hov rapped about the NFL partnership in his verse, which gave the rap mogul a high-ranking position in the Super Bowl Halftime Show and in the league’s social justice initiatives.

“He was talking about the NFL stuff,” Fat Joe told GQ. “He had just signed that big deal with that NFL, so he wanted to let it go. He gave it to me… But I guess his people were like, ‘Yo bro, you just did a deal with them. How are you going to go in like that?’”

Joe went on to commend JAY-Z’s hand in the 2022 Halftime Show and next year’s performance with Rihanna as headliner.

“They’ve been doing the biggest Super Bowl. That was legendary with Dre last year. And I know Rihanna’s going to be legendary this year. So, we don’t like to stop no money or burn no bridges,” Joe said.

As for his unreleased song with Hov, Joe claimed his had in his possession before directing GQ‘s attention to production duo Cool & Dre.

“I got a copy here. I don’t listen to it but I got it — Dre got it. Let me put it clear. Dre of Cool & Dre got it. I don’t have it.”

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