Fat Joe attracts criticism from Black Twitter for referring to DJ Khaled as the Quincy Jones Of Hip Hop.
If you’re somehow not familiar with who Quincy Jones is, let’s fill you in (source). Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is an American record producer, musician, songwriter, composer, film and television producer – credited with crafting hits for the likes of Michael Jackson.
In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Eyes of Love” from the film Banning. Jones was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1967 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African-American to be nominated twice in the same year.
Jones was also the first African-American to receive the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the second most Oscar-nominated African-American, with seven nominations each.
Quincy Jones served as co-producer for legendary pop star Michael Jackson’s albums Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), and Bad (1987). He was also the producer and conductor of the smitten 1985 charity song “We Are the World.”
As you can see, Quincy is quite a big deal.
Now that you’re all caught up on who Quincy Jones is, let’s get back to why you’re here.
“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,’” he said. “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’s heart was probably in the right place, but social media can be unforgiven and fans were not ready to let him get off that easily.
Fat Joe doubles down and tries to clarify his position on the subject.
“When I make reference to Khaled being the Quincy Jones of Hip Hop,” he said on Instagram. “Now, there’s a million guys putting a bunch of rappers together… one million guys putting shit together. Every DJ, every guy you know, and they come together, big guys, and they’re not hits. This is my point – Khaled puts out No. 1 albums, No. 1 hits, the album is incredible for me. Give the man his credit.”
“We deal with so much hate of people just,” he added. “You know what I call them, Monday morning quarterbacks and backseat joggers. ‘I woulda did this, yo, I coulda did that’ – nah bro. I was there for the entire album.”