Joey Crack was a guest on the latest episode of Stephen A. Smith’s Cadence13 Know Mercy podcast, released Wednesday (November 16). While speaking about the losses Hip Hop has continued to suffer, the Bronx rapper noted that Take wasn’t just a “regular rapper” and called him the Run-DMC of this era.
“We had ‘Rest in Peace Biggie,’ ‘Rest in Peace Jam Master Jay,’ 2Pac, but they were kind of spread out,” Joe said. “It’s like these kids get killed every other week. TakeOff who was recently killed – rest in peace – he’s like the Run-DMC of this era.”
He added: “He’s not a regular rapper, he’s a big deal.”
Fat Joe then went on to express his remorse over the loss of life and stressed the importance of uplifting our youth in an effort to end the violence.
“It’s sad, Stephen A. I wish we wouldn’t hate our own and wouldn’t be jealous of our own,” he said. “Rappers went from being heroes to now being targets. … What we have to do is tell the youth that they are important. When I watch a young brother like him die, I watch a hundred families, who could have eaten from the jobs he gave them. His family – who are suffering forever, I pray for all these children.”
You can listen to the entire episode here. The conversation begins around the 47 minute mark.
Tributes to TakeOff have poured in from the hip-hop community since he was tragically shot and killed outside 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston on November 1st. Taking time to collect his words as he dealt with the great loss, Offset broke his silence on Tuesday (Nov. 15) with a heartfelt goodbye message on Instagram.
“Dear Take, it doesn’t feel right posting you like this… It still doesn’t feel like reality,” he began. “I’ve been searching for the right words to say, but there aren’t any that will suffice. Until we meet again, Rest In Power. I love you.
“I wish I could hug you one last time,” Set continued. “Laugh one last time. Smoke one last time. Perform one last time. I know someone with a soul like yours is in heaven now.”
No one has been arrested in the case at this time.