During an appearance on BET’s Rap City special Rap City ’21, Joe took part in a game in which he was asked to name the 2021 version of some of rap’s past legends, including Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, E-40 and more.
When host Big Tigger asked Joe to name his 2021 version of 2Pac, Joe responded with North Carolina rapper DaBaby, who recently came under fire for homophobic remarks he made during his appearance at Rolling Loud Miami.
Joe’s answer garnered a lot of backlash online, with many people disagreeing with the ‘What’s Luv?’ rapper’s take, including Kxng Crooked, who said: “OG got Pac fucked ALL THE WAY UP.”
“dababy not even the best baby of this era,” one Twitter user wrote. Writer Britni Danielle added: “I wish people would stop comparing rappers to Tupac. None of these dudes are like Tupac, certainly not DaBaby.”
OG got Pac fucked ALL THE WAY UP 🎶 https://t.co/jZOBDyxRP7
— CROOK (@CrookedIntriago) October 12, 2021
I wish people would stop comparing rappers to Tupac. None of these dudes are like Tupac, certainly not DaBaby. https://t.co/WkolLTLd1M
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) October 12, 2021
dababy not even the best baby of this era pic.twitter.com/pZ6cyddBQV
— aya (@orodbiyocab) October 12, 2021
Joe took to social media earlier today (October 13) to respond to the criticism and double down on his answer.
“No ones 2pac there’s only one but i was asked the question and da baby a super real one he lives what he raps about,” he tweeted.
No ones 2pac there’s only one but i was asked the question and da baby a super real one he lives what he raps about
— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) October 13, 2021
In other 2Pac news, the late rapper is the latest artist to be honoured in action figure form through a new Funko collectibles series later this year, along with The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube.
The famed rappers will be released as part of the pop culture-centric company’s ‘Funko Gold Line’ pack of premium vinyl figures.
2Pac’s shirtless figurine highlights the gold chain around his neck, baggy jeans and Timberlands. Available in two model sizes, 5-inch or 12-inch, the figurine will retail for USD$9.98 (£7.37) and USD$29.96 (£22.13), respectively.