DJ Khaled is a polarizing figure in the world of hip-hop, so after Fat Joe compared him to one of the most prolific musical icons in history, many online critics had a bone to pick with “What’s Luv” rapper.
The bomb was set off this week when Fat Joe appeared on the Drink Champs podcast with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN and gave his opinion on those who dismiss DJ Khaled’s talents for being more of a hype man than a producer.
“People take away the greatness from Khaled and they say, ‘Well he just gets a bunch of big-time rappers and puts them on the same song,’” Fat Joe explained on the podcast.
He continued, “There’s a million DJs and producers that try that, and those ain’t hit records. And it’s been a long time since we heard Nas and JAY-Z on what to me sounds like a smash hit like a SMASH hit, that can play on the radio, it’s streaming incredibly. So DJ Khaled really is the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop right now.”
Fat Joe was referencing DJ Khaled’s new track featuring Nas, Jay-Z, James Fauntleroy and Harmonies by The Hive, “Sorry Not Sorry.”
It was a hot take by the rapper, and fans took to social media real quick to let Joe know that he may be off base.
“Fat Joe doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about,” one Twitter user bluntly wrote.
“I have a very fair question, what makes Fat Joe an authority to crown anyone anything?” another person asked.
“Love and respect to Fat Joe. But Quincy Jones is the only Quincy Jones,” a third person commented.
Black Twitter when Fat Joe said DJ Khaled was the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop pic.twitter.com/WP3Z0QfOKd
— I’m a Master of None, anymore question? (@english_shamar) May 15, 2021
It didn’t take long for word to get back to Fat Joe about the response to his Quincy Jones comment, and he promptly hopped in the comments on N.O.R.E.S.’ Instagram page to issue a response:
“All these back seat drivers Monday morning quarterbacks always got an opinion but can’t do it themselves shit crazy to me the term Quincy jones of this time was used in reference to the work Khaled has put in years and years of hit obviously there’s only one Quincy but fuck it tune in tonight EXPLOSIVE lol.”
Quincy Jones has not yet responded to the comparison … but that new video with Nas & Jay-Z really is fire.