What began as a video to promote DJ Khaled’s new album “God Did” evolved into an ongoing Twitter debate about the rapper’s alleged racist remarks.
The rapper of Latino descent addressed how “haters” claim that “Latinos don’t belong in rap,” to which he responded:
“These guys are f**king delusional. We’re from the Bronx, New York. S**t happens. This is where Hip Hop started. It’s Latino and Black, half and half.”
People on Twitter reacted quickly, labelling the “All The Way Up” rapper a racist and “pushing for White Supremacy.”
Some claim that people are finally seeing Fat Joe for what he is: a White supremacist.
Some, on the other hand, expressed their support and agreed with Fat Boy’s sentiments. Others, while acknowledging some truth in his statement, do not entirely agree.
Hip-50th Hop’s anniversary is celebrated annually on August 11, according to HipHopDX, and it will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023.
According to the report, it began on Aug. 11, 1973, when a Jamaican DJ, Kool Herc, and his sister, Cindy Campbell, started the Back To School Jam in the Bronx, and it has since been designated as the genre’s birthdate.
Hip-Hop historian Nelson George wrote about the role of Latinos in Hip-Hop in his book “Latina.”
“If you talk about some of the famous break crews who really broke through and got known by the early ’80s, the majority were Latino dancers like Rock Steady Crew’s Crazy Legs. So if the idea of the Hip Hop DJ is predicated on keeping dancers dancing, then the Latino aspect is crucial. Their aesthetic, their taste, their ability to dance, all affected what was played and how it was played.”
Triq Nasheed, an author and cultural critic, on the other hand, questioned George:
“if every single element of hip hop culture was created by Foundational Black Americans, and one or two Latinos just happened to wander off into a Hip-Hop party in the ’70s, how does that equate to Blacks & Latinos being “half & half” in the creation of Hip-Hop?”