In a recent episode of BET’s Diggin’ in the Crates, Fat Joe, putting his long-standing feud with 50 Cent in the rearview mirror, praised the G-Unit mogul’s debut studio album, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” as one of the greatest albums in the history of hip-hop.
During the episode, which took place ahead of the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards, Fat Joe expressed his admiration for the album, reflecting on his initial resistance to it due to their past disagreements.
He stated, “One of the greatest albums of all time,” he began. “And it’s crazy ’cause I had beef with him, and I wouldn’t allow myself to hear it, wouldn’t let DJs play it. But I knew that it was G-Unit. Recently J. Cole came out at his concert and said it was the greatest album of all time. Nas came out and said, ‘Yo this changed the game.’ And it’s a fact.”
Fat Joe went on to discuss the album’s impact on the hip-hop scene. He remarked, “His flows, his melodies, his beats, the energy Hip Hop music had never felt. That energy that he was coming with, it was like yo, this is that — you got that dangerous thing to it.”
“He teamed up with Mr. Professional, Dr. Dre and Eminem. See, 50 Cent woulda still been amazing but he’d have came with those New York beats that was really really good, but once again, Dr. Dre makes everything iPic. He makes everything crystal clear. He just gives you that professionalism like you on a podium or something.”