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Fat Joe defends lying in "95%" of his songs: "It’s creativity, it’s imagination"

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Fat Joe. (Shutterstock/Lev Radin)

Fat Joe has defended lying in his songs.

In an interview with CNN's Gayle King on Saturday, Joe admitted to fabricating stories in his music while discussing Young Thug's ongoing RICO trial.

Thug stands accussed of several felonies including two gang-related charges in 2022.

He denies the charges.

In November, it was ruled that Thug’s lyrics could be used against him in court subject to certain conditions.

“I’ve been rapping professionally for 30 years, and I’ve lied in almost 95 percent of my songs,” Joe told King, defending Thug's right to free speech.

“I write what I feel that day. I’m just being creative," he added. "You couldn’t build a jail high enough for the lyrics I’ve said on songs which are all untrue.”

After coming under fire for his admission, Joe took to Instagram on Sunday to defend himself.

During an Instagram Live, Joe declared himself an “elder statesman of hip-hop” and said that he put himself “in the hot seat” for the benefit of others.

“I had to say 95% of what I say is a lie so that they could understand that it’s unfair to try some kids for the rest of their life with shit they might have not done,” he explained. “None of this shit is true. It’s creativity. It’s imagination. Those who know, know.” 

“If I say I use my creativity, my imagination in my music, don’t mean I ain’t lived a real fucking life in the streets,” he added.


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