Fat Joe‘s address book must be heftier than… sh*t, I forgot that I can’t fall back on the easy joke anymore, after the stunning success of the rapper’s 2011 fitness regimen. Let’s just say that the Bronx vet’s got a lot a of big-name industry connects—and on new Hype Williams-directed video single Pride N Joy, he calls in favors from not one, not two, but six of his highest-profile homies. With the success of the steamy Another Round fresh in his memory, Joey Crack once again ventures into ladies’ jam territory, enlisting beatsmith Bink! to craft a slow-burning, piano-laced backdrop for his high-rolling reflections on the cost of love, as well as those of guest spitters Jadakiss, Mos Def, Roscoe Dash, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes. When you’ve got this many heavyweight emcees on one smoothed-out jam, you need a top-tier hookman to round out the package; R&B hitmaker and longtime DJBooth fave Miguel rises to the occasion, taking center stage in the lead-up to the ensemble chorus, as well as delivering silky backing vocals throughout the cut. Feeling this luxurious, Rico Love co-written selection? While Pride N Joy isn’t slated to appear on the project, fans can keep it locked for the latest on Fat Joe’s yet unscheduled/untitled 11th studio album.
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