Fat Joe claims egos are to blame for the demise of New York hip-hop, and fans are reacting

Fat Joe has something to say about the decline of hip-hop, particularly from his native New York.

The rapper, who made his debut in the music industry in the 1990s and has sold millions of records worldwide, addressed the situation during an Instagram Live on July 29.

Fat Joe claims that egos in the music industry played a big part in the demise of New York City hip-hop. (Photo: @fatjoe/Instagram)

In the post, Fat Joe claimed that one factor that contributed to the demise of New York City hip-hop was ego. He said, “New York hip-hop was single-handedly destroyed by egos, money and pride. Easy. The South saw us screw it up, so Atlanta, and they got together and said, ‘We’re not going to make that mistake.'”

The 51-year-old continued the discussion by listing many talented acts from New York including Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, Terror Squad, G-Unit, Dipset. The reason Fat Joe bragged about these groups was to emphasize that once ego and money entered the equation, a handful of them didn’t last.

He said: “As soon as motherfuckers started getting hot and started getting a different kind of money. You started to feel like this person, she this guy. There are so many kings of New York. Even me – every week someone said they were the king.”

Fat Joe ended the conversation by pointing out that ego makes it difficult for artists to collaborate. He said, “It’s all ego. It destroys your ability to work together, to make money together, to hug each other, to get up.”

When fans saw the post, many agreed with Fat Joe’s comments.

“No lie told.”

“Truth. Look at how many ATL artists back then teamed up to create creativity compared to New York artists. Southern Hospitality, bruh, let’s get this money and lay this BS flat…”

“I swear he’s dropping all the facts.”

“He did shed some light, we knew that, but it’s good to see someone from up there is acknowledging it.” Fat Joe claims egos are to blame for the demise of New York hip-hop, and fans are reacting

James Brien

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