Fat Joe says he should have won the Grammy over Chance The Rapper

Fat Joe believes he was robbed of what would have been his first Grammy Award Chance The Rapper in 2017.

Joey Crack and Remy Ma’s “All the Way Up” collaboration French Montana was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but lost to Chance’s Coloring book press “No problem” with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

The song was also in the running for best rap song, which went to Drake’s summer smash “Hotline Bling.”

In a recent interview with GQ, Fat Joe made no bones about his belief that “All the Way Up” should have taken home the award over “No Problem.” The 52-year-old MC clarified that he bears no ill will towards Chance The Rapper, but claimed that his song did not have the same cultural impact as his and Remy’s.

“I should have won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance 2017,” Joe said plainly. “Chance is a cool guy. But the Grammy should have come my way. ‘All the Way Up’ was bigger. Not only that, if people understood the culture, Remy and I were like Robin Hood and Cinderella. They could have done the ‘hood a favor and given ‘All the Way Up’ the goddamn Grammy Got it?

“They gave it to Chance the Rapper — and for what? I don’t want to be disrespectful, but they gave it to him for a record I don’t even know anymore. This is my point. I don’t even know what he hit us with. Do you understand?”

Joe, whose “Lean Back” hit similarly lost to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category at the 2005 Grammys, added: “We came out of prison. We did it. It is a miracle. It was their responsibility to say, you know what? Let’s give the underdogs a Grammy.”

The Bronx rap vet in the first place reacted to his Grammys loss by posting what some thought was a backhanded compliment to Chance The Rapper on Instagram. “I hear you need to sell it to grab a Grammy!” he wrote, referring to Chance’s lyrics Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam.” “What are the odds of that lol congrats to the winners!”

Released in March 2016, “All the Way Up” was one of the biggest rap songs of the year—especially in Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s native New York City—peaking at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, while rising to triple platinum certification. The Cool & Dre-produced track was Joe’s most successful song in a decade and remains Remy’s highest-grossing hit.

“All the Way Up” was also a favorite among Joe and Remy’s rap buddies, with JAY-Z joins the Terror Squad duo on official remixburying his and Joey Crack’s longstanding beef. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss, The game, E-40 and even EDM kingpin David Guetta also added their flavor to the record across various other remixes.

Drake almost also appeared with JAY-Z on the official remix.

“Drake called me three times, FaceTime,” Fat Joe shared GQ. “He knew it was a hit. He called me, ‘Yo, send the track. Send the track.’ And I would put Drake on there. Drake is one of my favorite artists of all time. One of the greatest artists of all time, lyrically, melodically. I love everything about Drake. His personality, his attitude, everything about him.

“Who else got 15 years of putting out No. 1 after No. 1, after No. 1, after No. 1? I’m fucking Drake, you know what I’m saying? I don’t know if I told him, but I wouldn’t lie to you. Anyone who mentions his name, I’ll tell the truth. He’s the best.”

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However, Joe ultimately chose not to put Drizzy on the remix, as he didn’t want to overshadow his on-wax reunion with JAY-Z, which he wanted been at odds for yearsnor Remy’s first collaboration with Hov, her “favorite artist.”

“It felt right to put him on the song at that moment. But with all the history between me and JAY-Z, I just felt that for the real fans who know Fat Joe, we had to let it fly,” explained he. “Get that moment of Joe cracking, and Jay and Remy, and it came out phenomenal.

“It just meant too much to me emotionally just to do the song with Jay and with Remy. Because Jay is Remy’s favorite artist. Remy looks up to JAY-Z but had never been able to work with him – because of Fat Joe.”

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