Is it the end of an era? Let me clarify; is it the end of the fat rapper era? Few seem to think so as people are buzzing about NYC rapper Fat Joe’s amazing -- and surprising -- 80lb weight lost. Joe sent tongues wagging on Wednesday as premiered his new slimmed down look in the new video for his single, “Drop A Body.”
The formerly rotund MC has been very public about his struggles to obtain a more health conscious mentality. This is not the first time he’s dropped tons of pounds. In 2005 he went from almost 400 pounds to 290 after being inspired by a weight loss segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and was later featured on a short segment on the show that spotlighted his efforts to lose weight.
Checkout what Joe told the New York Daily News about his most recent impressive weight loss:
"I always loved being fat. Obviously, I'm Fat Joe. If I could eat and gain a thousand pounds and be healthy, I would love to do that. But obviously the statistics say you can't. It's nothing that's not out there. I think everybody needs to educate themselves. And if you from the inner side, the hood, the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, whatever, there ain't no diet Snapples, there ain't no sugar free candies. You need to tell them, 'Yo, I need that.' Because everybody needs a fix. So it's a constant battle but for me, I seen too many of my friends die so I've been trying to be focusing, God-willing, I've been able to keep fighting this fight and remain healthy."
An honest revelation, for an artist who named his 2008 album, The Elephant in the Room. But will this spark others in hip hop overall to get more healthier? A few seem to think so. NORE from the hit rap duo CNN was quite candid on his mission to tame his huge tummy. And, even speaks on how his personal blog has helped in the process, “The biggest thing about 57thave.com is it’s actually real fat people following me because I lost 62 pounds,” he revealed to XXL.com. “And when I say fat I say it with the utmost respect because I will also be a fat person. I will always think like a fat person. I will eat a whole pizza pie, because it’s just like being a crackhead. If you stop being a crackhead you will forever think like a crackhead. We get hits from fat people asking how to lose weight. “
And no one can ignore the amazing health plan initiative of Notorious B.I.G protégé Lil Cease who we all witnessed transform from a Lil’ blob into a chiseled weight lifting beast.
Has the hip hop community finally caught up with the rest of the world that health is more valuable than free alcohol and fried foods? It’s too early to tell. But it’s clear, at least for the moment, that hip hop is definitely becoming more health conscious. And I stand up in salute of it!
Now if only Rick Ross would get the memo. Because I don’t know when man boobs on a man became sexy. Shivering....
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