The 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards are around the corner, and award-winning rapper/TV personality, Fat Joe, is set to host the annual celebration, airing October 4.
With an acclaimed career that has spanned four decades, Joe has cemented his legacy as a hip-hop heavyweight, having amassed several multiplatinum and gold studio albums, mixtapes, singles, and collaborations, including “Lean Back,” “What’s Luv,” “Make It Rain,” and “All The Way Up,” among countless others.
In an exclusive interview with Baller Alert, Fat Joe shares how this year’s show was different, his favorite BET Hip Hop Awards moment, and more.
“This year’s show is gonna be so amazing. It’s gonna have so much energy. We’re representing the youth and the OG’s in a great way,” the Grammy-nominated recording artist said.
BET is honoring OG LOUD Records, and pioneering founder Steve Rifkin, during the show in a tribute to remember. “The tribute to Steve Rifkin is insanity. I’ve never seen anything put together like that. The set is insane.”
The BET Hip Hip Awards is one of the few shows that honor Hip Hop culture and continues to be one of the culture’s most anticipated nights. Following Katt Williams, Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps, and T-Pain, Fat Joe tells Baller Alert how he plans on making the show different from his predecessors. “I’m bringing incredible energy. I love Hip Hop so much from new school to old school, and I’m embedded in hip Hop culture so much, I’m going to send those vibes literally through the TV,” he said.
“I’m telling you, if yall not lit within ten seconds, it’s beyond me. The Hip Hop Holy Ghost will be in the building.”
Hip Hop’s biggest night has had several memorable moments, dating back to 2006. Along with winning Song of The Year with Remy Ma in 2017, Joe said Remy winning Female Artist of the Year was a highlight for him.
“She was going through a rough time and won. I could watch footage of that and jumped out of my seat and screamed, ‘YEA.’ It’s nothing like going to war with your sister,” the rapper said.
During the interview, Fat Joe also introduced his memoir, The Book Of Jose. Releasing on November 13, Joe calls his book the “Hip Hop bible.”
“It’ll teach people what to do and what not to do in the Hip Hop world,” Joe said.
When asked if writing his memoir was therapeutic, Joe said it was painful.
“I went through a lot of pain in my life—more pain than others. But I like to be transparent. I come from poverty and so many obstacles, but I just want people to see the good and the bad and know they can still smile,” Joe said. ” Knowing the whole story and knowing that I pushed through. That’s what it’s all about.”
The rapper is set to hold down a two-hour live show and is thrilled to show the uniqueness he will bring as we watch Hip Hop’s hottest artists take center stage.
Watch the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards airing Tuesday, October 4, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.