Fat Joe feels that all Latinos are Black. On Thursday (Sept. 19), the Puerto Rican rapper stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning for a new interview to promote his new single “Yes” with Cardi B and Anuel AA. During the interview, the origins of certain types of Hispanic music came up, and during that part of the conversation, Joe said that all Latino music originates from Africa, and all Latinos are Black.
“Let’s speak about Latinos not being Black,” Joe said. “Latinos are Black. In Cuba, at one time, there was eight million Cubans. Five million, unfortunately, were slaves. Three million were actual Cubans, and they integrated and had babies. Same thing with Puerto Rico when you go to Loíza. And when you talk about Santeria, that came from the motherland Africa. Sometimes, Latinos may even identify themselves with African and black culture more than black people. This ain’t no crazy thing. Fat Joe ain’t on crack. He know what he talking about.”
On June 2015, rapper Fat Joe posted on his YouTube Channel an exclusive footage similar to today’s statements. Watch the video down below.
As mentioned up top, the conversation stemmed from Fat Joe’s new song “Yes,” which samples Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe’s “Aguanile.” “Aguanile” is a classic song which both the show’s host Ebro Darden and Joe acknowledged that some people may be sensitive about him re-imagining.
“It might be a disrespectful sample for some…I’m not lying. I love Hector so much, I get it when somebody might be like, ‘Damn that nigga touched the national anthem of the Santeria!’ I get it!
Ebro then broke down why people would feel that way, noting the song’s connection to African heritage. “What he’s speaking to is African ancestral heritage,” Ebro said. “That music and that song is the connection of Africa.”