Fat Joe recently attended Nas’ 50th birthday bash, a milestone celebration in the world of hip-hop. For Joe, who came from the Bronx, this event was a significant gathering that symbolized the unity and shared passion that the hip-hop culture represents.
He held the belief that the love for hip-hop transcended geographical divisions and that it united people as a global family. However, this notion was about to be tested in an unexpected way during the festivities.
Amidst the revelry at Nas’ birthday party, Joe found himself surrounded by attendees from Queens, including his wife and what he believed was a close friend, N.O.R.E. He was soaking in the celebration’s atmosphere when a remark took him by surprise.
A voice in the crowd uttered, “Yo, this is Queens side. Go over there, that’s the Bronx side.” Joe was absolutely blown away by the diss, saying that the Queens-Bronx rivalry was “so long ago” Joe couldn’t help but feel a sense of discomfort, especially given that it came from someone he now considers a less-than-genuine friend, N.O.R.E.