Bronx-bred rapper Fat Joe has made a name for himself in recent years as a host as well as an emcee. At the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Joe launched The Fat Joe Show, an Instagram Live show where he interviewed high-profile guests. Now, The Fat Joe Show is going primetime on a major network.
Fat Joe started ‘The Fat Joe Show’ during the pandemic
Fat Joe first broadcast The Fat Joe Show — which he calls The Big Big Show — from his home in March 2020 as musicians and fans everywhere were stuck at home in lockdown. The “All the Way Up” rapper discussed some of the latest happenings in hip-hop with people in the industry and other well-known guests.
Looking back on The Fat Joe Show‘s inception, Joe told Insider in 2021 that it was an impromptu decision that stemmed from his desire to connect with his fans from afar.
“I thought it was a real special time to get on the Live and start communicating with my fans and followers,” he said. “Just letting them know that we’re all scared together, but we’ll get through this.”
The show became known as The Fat Joe Show and made headlines for several big moments, such as when New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced for the first time that she was voting for then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Joe’s interview with Diddy led to a syndication deal with the rapper and record executive’s cable network, Revolt TV, for The Fat Joe Show to be broadcast on television. He’s continued the show throughout 2021 and 2022 with interviewees including Wendy Williams and fellow rappers Busta Rhymes and The Game.
‘The Fat Joe Show’ is coming to Starz
In a June 2022 appearance on Math Hoffa’s show My Expert Opinion, Joe revealed “breaking news” about the future of The Fat Joe Show. He announced that it was coming to primetime television on the Starz network. And not only that, but Diddy will be one of Joe’s partners on the project.
“Eventually, every Sunday after you watch BMF and Power, you’re going to see The Fat Joe Show on Starz network,” he revealed. “It was a lot of channels trying to get this s***. Puff is my partner, and we chose there because it’s primetime every Sunday, and I can’t tell you no more. I already broke the news. Nobody ever heard that.”
50 Cent has 2 shows on Starz
Fat Joe won’t be the only rapper with a show on the Starz network. In 2014, former G-Unit rapper 50 Cent began executive producing and starring in the hit series Power; he’d go on to executive produce its spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, and Power Book IV: Force on the network.
Since 2021, 50 Cent has served as executive producer on the Starz series BMF. In 2022, however, his relationship with the network came into question after he announced that his upcoming series A Moment in Time: The Massacre (which chronicles his 2005 beef with former G-Unit member The Game) won’t be moving forward at Starz.