As Puerto Rico continues to claw its way back into normalcy after facing a brutal category five storm last month, Fat Joe sat down with CNN on Wednesday morning (Oct. 4) to discuss how he’s been doing his part, alongside JAY Z and TIDAL to help revitalize the country.
“We set out a goal with JAY Z and TIDAL to fill up one plane with 200,000 pounds, and actually we filled up five planes, and we gotta fill up another five more,” he said. “We’re at 2 million pounds that the city of New York has collected.”
The Bronx native also was candid in regards to the United States’ lackluster effort in assisting Puerto Rico after the country has been without supplies for over a week. “We feel stranded,” Joe told CNN. “As U.S. citizens, Puerto Rico has paid their part. I have two little cousins that’s in the army right now, willing to give their life for this country. And the fact that it took so long to get any help out there, that’s what I mean. So we had to mobilize and power ourselves to collect canned foods and waters and women’s hygiene and toothpastes to give back to our own community, and that we did.”
On Oct. 17, Joe will take center-stage with JAY Z, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and more for the TIDAL X concert, which will donate its proceeds towards natural disaster relief and recovery organizations. In an interview with Billboard last September, Joe encouraged Puerto Rico to remain positive after being ravaged by two punishing hurricanes in the form of Irma and Maria.
“I tell them to keep their faith in God. Keep strong! Help is definitely on its way,” he said. “We are going to do whatever we can — by any means necessary, to make sure our people get help. TIDAL X, we’re doing a benefit concert on October 17th. The proceeds will go to Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the [rest of the] Caribbean.”
Watch his interview with CNN below.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 4, 2017