It should come as a surprise to no one that Fat Joe managed to make history just two minutes in to being a guest on our Celeb Chop-Up.
The Bronx-born rapper/CEO has been setting the standard in hip hop and beyond long before he was “leaning back” in 2004.
When asked about his past athletic exploits, Fat Joe didn’t brag about the marksman-like accuracy on his jump shot or his sick handles, instead he named a sport we’d never heard from any guest before: Softball.
“I’m one of the most legendary softball pitchers ever in the south Bronx,” Fat Joe said. “One hundred percent a legend!”
We caught up with the softball-pitching legend to chop-it-up about everything from his new hit single Cookin’ to how he could fix his beloved New York Knicks as the coach to why he’d survive in a real-life scenario of The Walking Dead.
Jason Jordan: I always like to gauge the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you’re from the Bronx, heck, everybody knows you’re from the Bronx; what sports did you try coming up?
Fat Joe: Well, growing up I was always into all sports, but primarily baseball and football around the block. Occasionally, handball too. You know I’m Puerto Rican!
JJ: OK, everyone had a shining moment, tell me about yours.
FJ: Well, I don’t wanna lie to you Jason, I’m one of the most legendary softball pitchers ever in the south Bronx. My win-to-loss ratio is out of this moon. I always made all star teams and even as Fat Joe the rapper I continued to pitch maybe for 10 years of my career out there every Sunday striking everybody out. I’m 100 percent a legend in the south Bronx in softball!
JJ: Nice! Now we also know that you’re a coaching legend on the blacktop too since your Terror Squad team won the coveted Rucker title.
FJ: Yes! I am the greatest coach to ever coach street basketball. My winning record is about 96-2. I was out there serving ‘em up! This may sound cliché, but I could’ve never done it without my team. I was blessed to have a great group of guys.
JJ: You’re from New York so I know you’re a Knicks fan; do you think you’re legendary coaching techniques could maybe help out your beloved Knicks?
FJ: One billion percent! My players play to win so I would have that mindset regardless. I would take Carmelo and bench him if he wasn’t listening. I don’t care! I’m all about the win. Whoever the star is he’s gotta listen. I’m a blue collar coach! I’m about the win. That’s the mentality I would instill into the Knicks.
JJ: Phil Jackson should call you!
FJ: (Laughs) He should!
JJ: Let’s take it random in 3,2,1… What do yellow traffic lights say to you?
FJ: Slow up or stop! I’ll tell you why, it took me until I was 30 years old to get my license! I was driving around the Bronx with a suspended license getting wild tickets and all that. Now I appreciate it more! No one appreciates their license more than Fat Joe! (Laughs)
JJ: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
FJ: Liars. I’ve got a couple of ‘em too. I be like, “Stop! You KNOW you’re lying!” I call ‘em out.
JJ: What competition based reality show would you absolutely win?
FJ: I don’t know enough of them to say… Maybe I could be a male Kardashian or something like that! (Laughs)
JJ: That’s a good one! OK, you’re from New York, so tell us once and for all who has the best pizza in the city?
FJ: Well, I’m from the Bronx so I love Patsy’s on 119th and 1st! A lot of people like like L&B’s in Brooklyn, but, for me, it’s Patsy’s!
JJ: President Obama’s Secret Service code name is Renegade; if you were President what would you pick your code name to be?
FJ: The Gladiator!
JJ: Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?
FJ: Read minds because by the time I read everyone’s mind I’d negotiate a deal that would make me rich enough to buy being invisible! (Laughs)
JJ: Everyone watches The Walking Dead; let’s say that scenario actually happened, how would you make out in that world?
FJ: I’d survive a long time. I’m a gladiator so I’d survive a long time. Couldn’t trust anybody though. The most dangerous people aren’t the zombies so you’ve gotta watch everybody!
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word or phrase today?
FJ: Probably turn-up!
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
FJ: I would probably rob the Federal Reserve.
JJ: If you could be a fly on the wall for any past event which would you pick?
FJ: I would love to be a fly on the wall when the gangsta Nicky Barnes ran Harlem and New York City! I would love to see him come into the Cotton Club and see him talk reckless to everybody! That or the Al Capone era. It would have to be something gangsta!
JJ: If you could go back in time and see what really happened in any mysterious event in history which would you pick?
FJ: I’d go back and see who really killed Biggie.
JJ: Pick one: 12 rounds against Mike Tyson in the ring in his prime or five rounds against Anderson Silva in the octagon in his prime?
FJ: (Laughs) Oh no, no, I’m in the ring with Silva. Nobody in the world is gonna pick Mike Tyson. I don’t know if those guys he fought in his prime still have a head. No sir, not fighting Iron Mike! No way.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
FJ: Fresh Prince, everybody knows that one! Also (Begins singing) “Movin’ on up, to the eastside. To a de-luxe apartment in the skyyy!”
JJ: What random fact can you tell me right now?
FJ: The Warriors are gonna win like five chips in a row!
JJ: If you could be any athlete on the planet, past or present, for 72 hours who would you pick?
FJ: Wilt Chamberlain! (Laughs)
JJ: OK, we’ve got All the Way Up, we’ve got Cookin’, we’ve got the album coming soon with the lovely and talented Remy Ma, talk about that and everything else you’ve got coming up that fans can look forward to.
FJ: Most definitely, thanks Jason this was fun! As you said the new single is Cookin’ and that’s basically the same thing as ballin’ or being fly. You can work a 9 to 5 and go to the club and feel like you’re Cookin’. We shot the video in Dubai and it’s one of the most incredible videos in the last 15 years easy! When you see it it’s like a motion picture. It’s so incredible. Me, Remy and French teamed up with the newcomer RySoValid and it’s getting great reviews so I’d advise everyone to download it on ITunes.
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