Just two days before releasing their joint project Plata o Plomo, Remy Ma and Fat Joe hit “The Breakfast Club” for an extensive interview about everything from the Grammys and Nicki Minaj to their forthcoming album.
During the Grammy portion of the interview, Remy explained how she felt about Music’s Biggest Night. “We were [up for] Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song [for ‘All the Way Up’],” she said. “Chance the Rapper won Best Rap Performance [for ‘No Problem’]. My vote would’ve went to ‘Panda’ by Desiigner for the Best Rap Performance. I didn’t expect ‘All the Way Up’ to win Best Rap Performance. Best Rap Song? I feel like we should have won Best Rap Song…[Drake] didn’t even rap on [‘Hotline Bling’]…They had two categories, Rap Song and Rap/Sung Performance, where they had the rap singy-song [tracks]…I just think that we should have won.”
Joe said he was also surprised to see Chance win the Best New Artist trophy. “When Lauryn Hill won that, she won that after selling 30 million Fugee records and then went on her solo classic album,” he explained. “Chance the Rapper, I know him from the rhyme of a lifetime [on ‘Ultralight Beam’] and I know him from that one single.”
Other rappers also came up during the conversation, including Nicki Minaj. Reminisce was asked about how she feels regarding their rumored feud.
“If you look at the history of Remy Ma, whenever I’ve had a problem with any female in the entire game, I will say your name,” she explained. “I am going to say your government. I’m going to look it up and say your mother’s name, your father’s name, your kids’ name. I want you to know I’m talking about you.”
Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s Plata o Plomo is set to be unleashed Friday (Feb. 17). Before it drops, watch their entire “Breakfast Club” interview and read additional highlights from the hour-long conversation below.
REMY MA ON NICKI MINAJ BEEF RUMORS: “If you look at the history of Remy Ma, whenever I’ve had a problem with any female in the entire game, I will say your name. I don’t want you thinking about it like, ‘Oh my God. Is she talking about me? You think she’s talking about me?’ I am going to say your government. I’m going to look it up and say your mother’s name, your father’s name, your kids’ name. I want you to know I’m talking about you. What people don’t understand is, I really feel like I am the best. I believe that I am the best. I’m supposed to feel like that. I don’t even know why they’re comparing me to these girls. I feel like I’m better than a lot of these guys. I will rap circles around them. No problem. With my eyes closed. I don’t sit there and think like, ‘Oh my God, she’s probably talking about me.’ I don’t even get in that vain because I don’t play fair. I’m reformed, I’m changed, but I’m not that much changed…I can’t smack anybody. I can’t go find your party, hunt you down, like ‘Who you was talking about?’ I can’t do that. I just write.”
FAT JOE ON REMY MA: “She the best chick in the game. That’s just the bottom line. There’s no way around it.”
FAT JOE ON CHANCE THE RAPPER: “I’m a fan of Chance the Rapper. I feel like Chance the Rapper could have won verse of the year on any category with [‘Ultralight Beam’]. That verse was from God. But he won an award, the [Best] New Artist [award], that ain’t been a rapper that won that shit in 18 years, since Lauryn Hill. When Lauryn Hill won that, she won that after selling 30 million Fugee records and then went on her solo classic album. Chance the Rapper, I know him from the rhyme of a lifetime and I know him from that one single.”
REMY MA ON CHANCE THE RAPPER: “I really was happy with the nomination because I know how it works. I was looking at it…I was in L.A. for the past month straight. I was driving like, ‘If he’s a nominee, why is Chance the Rapper on the Grammy poster board?’ Congratulations to him, but I’m just saying. If you driving and you know that that the awards is coming, and you see the person who’s in the category, and they picked him to be on their billboard…”
FAT JOE ON PLATA O PLOMO: “The album was done before we put out ‘All the Way Up.’ The problem with the album was that my distributor was like, ‘We’re selling 50,000 singles a week. Why do you wanna put out the album? You going double platinum. You already killin’ and makin’ money. That was the fight.”
FAT JOE ON PAPOOSE: “One day we went to 10 interviews. Every time we came in the car, it was some new slippers, we come down from the radio station, flowers, we come down, tickets to a play. I never took my wife to a play in my life. I had to pull him to the side like, ‘You gotta stop this, B. Stop what you doing, bro. You messin’ it up for ni**as!’”
REMY MA ON HER MISCARRIAGE: “That was definitely something I had to think about and took some coercing. To me, it was so personal…You are embarrassed, ashamed, you feel like it’s your fault, and it’s something you don’t want to talk about. When I was going through it, I was really depressed, real bad. [Papoose] was like, ‘Babe, you think you’re the only woman in the world going through this? You’re not the only person. That made something click in me. I was like, ‘Maybe I should put it out there.’”
FAT JOE ON WHAT’S NEXT: “[Remy is] doing her solo [album]. I’m gonna drop a couple of solo songs, plus I’m working on three new artists I have.”
FAT JOE ON TECH N9NE: “Tech N9ne. The guy paints his face. The guy doesn’t even get one radio spin and he sells out tours 300 days a year. One time, I went to his tour, I seen every guy that worked by where I lived, inside this thing. They knew every word.”
FAT JOE ON HIS FAMOUS EX-FRIEND: “I had a guy…It’s a guy we all know, one of the biggest people in hip-hop ever created. We all know this person. We really all know this person. This person got in trouble one time and I really love this guy. This guy got in trouble one time and he was gonna go somewhere. They would call me every day and I would go visit this guy, my brother, who I love, and sit with him for five-six hours, trying to stop him from committing suicide…Somebody we all admire. Cool. I thought he was my family. When I went through my problems with my taxes and all that…I could tell you about a couple of friends who tried to give me a million dollars, who chased me around the room like, ‘Please. We love you.’ I was like, ‘Nah. I don’t take nothing from no one. I work for mine.’ But man, this guy never called me, man. I would’ve never took the money…But it’ll never be the same. Now, when I see this guy at all our social events, I look in his eyes and he knows I know the real…He don’t need me for nothing. But he knows, when he went through that trouble, Fat Joe was sitting with him five-six hours every day, talking him off the cliff. My brother, you could have called me to [ask] if my daughter or my wife or my son is doing alright. Just a call, man.”
FAT JOE ON NEW YORK: “This album is a masterpiece…This New York area, y’all better support this. Y’all ain’t had an album come out like this in years…You ain’t had no major New York album come out like this in years, bro, with the quality and the hits that’s on this, and we got the mud. And we got the dirtiest rhymes, lyrics, hardcore stuff too. This album is complete from A-Z. It’s crazy, bro.”