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New York rapper Fat Joe paid a visit to Philadelphia’s Power 99 recently to talk about carrying on Big Pun’s legacy, his previous troubles with the IRS, and being one of the original sneaker heads in the game.

He also spoke on his decision to lose weight, explaining he lost six or seven friends in a single year and how being independent has forced him to take his loss.

Joe first talked about how he’s taken the independent route for a while now, and the hit singles like “Make It Rain,” “I Won’t Tell,” and “Another Round” are all charting high off of his own accord.

“A lot of people talk the talk but you gotta put your money where your mouth is, b. So me, I throw that bag up,” he says. “If I take an L, I want to take an L on my own…I don’t want nobody to tell me nothin’. I want to know that I made it all happen myself and if it failed it failed. I’ve failed once or twice real big, independent. I never forget where I’m from, so when I lose half a million dollars on some shit I remember… I know the value of that dollar.”

The Terror Squad rapper has done extremely well for himself and has many hits to show for it.

Watch Joe talk about meeting Big Pun on the next page:

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