*While appearing on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning on Thursday (Sept. 19), Fat Joe dished about the origins of Hispanic music.
The rapper hit up the show to promote his new single “Yes” with Cardi B and Anuel AA. During the conversation, Joe said 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.”
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Fat Joe: “All music came from Africa.” pic.twitter.com/KzWfiCpMgB
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) September 19, 2019
Fat Joe’s new song samples Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe’s classic song “Aguanile,” and the hip-hop star acknowledged that some people may not be feeling his re-imagining.
“It might be a disrespectful sample for some…” Joe said. “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 noted the song’s connection to African heritage. “What he’s speaking to is African ancestral heritage,” he said. “That music and that song is the connection of Africa.”
Cardi B previously shared similar comments about her Afro heritage.
“It’s like, ‘Cardi’s Latin, she’s not Black,'” she said during an Instagram Live session in June. “And it’s like, ‘Bro, my features don’t come from…white people fucking, okay?’ And they always wanna race-bait when it comes to me…I have Afro features. ‘Oh, but your parents are light-skinned…all right, but my grandparents aren’t.”
You can watch Fat Joe’s full conversation with Ebro above.