'All' Of Me
There is no denying that last summer belonged to Fat Joe and Terror Squad. It was hard to escape the sounds of "Lean Back," the single that propelled Joe and his crew to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group.
So how does an artist top such a hit? "It's important to stay consistent," Fat Joe says, calling from the road where he is promoting his solo album, "All or Nothing," which arrives this week via Terror Squad/Atlantic Records. "When you have a song like that, then everybody's watching you like, 'What are you gonna do now?' I've got to prove it ain't a fluke."
On the new album, Joe put his consistency theory to use, teaming again with Scott Storch, who was the force behind the infectious beat of "Lean Back." He also tapped hitmakers Timbaland, Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz and Cool & Dre, the Miami-based duo behind lead single, "So Much More," which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Surpassing the success of "Lean Back" was not Joe's only driving force during the album's recording. He says he was driven by an emotion far deeper. "It was the fact that I love this music. I love hip-hop music," the Bronx, N.Y.-bred MC emphasizes. "If I didn't have my music, I don't know where I would be."