On TV: Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Smilez & Southstar

Rap acts on talk television this week include Fat Joe on Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday and Queen Latifah on Live with Regis and Kelly on Thursday. On 106 & Park, 50 Cent will be a guest on Tuesday, and Smilez & Southstar will be stopping by the BET show on Friday.

Assault Charges Against Fat Joe Dismissed

On Tuesday, assault charges against Fat Joe, stemming from an alleged fight he had with a man on May 12th at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York’s Times Square, were dismissed. According to a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney, Joe’s name was cleared because there wasn’t enough evidence. Read more.

Dieting A Struggle For Fat Joe

Fat Joe tells Rafer Guzman of Newsday that he took his friend Big Pun’s death as a wake-up call, vowing to lose weight and even buying a George Foreman grill. He admits dieting is a struggle, however: “With my touring schedule and how I work, there’s nothing but McDonald’s in my face,” he says. “I’m trying to eat the grilled chicken and little salads all the time, but you know – every now and then I slip back into a piece of chocolate cake.”

Fat Joe ‘Happy As Hell’ About Grammy Nomination

AllHipHop.com caught up with Fat Joe after his Grammy nomination in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category. “I’m happy as hell to be acknowledged for your contributions to the game it says a lot and goes a long way,” Joe said. “When you’re in the crib or in the studio writing your joints – to think that people love the music you make – it feels incredible.”

Fat Joe Says He’s The People’s Choice For Grammy

MTV News caught up with a happy Fat Joe after his ‘What’s Luv?’ track featuring Ashanti was nominated in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category, and he’s already lobbying himself as the people’s choice. “It feels like we all win when Joe wins,” he explained. “People know the struggle, everything I had to overcome. People feel like that’s them winning. If Joe could do it, they could do it. I definitely was the last ni**a on earth people would think be getting nominated for Grammys and doing movies.” And if he wins? “If I win, it’s over,” he said, still elated. “Don’t nobody wanna see this n—a win ’cause I’m losing it. I’m screaming, ‘The Bronx!’ I’m screaming, ‘Boriqua!’ Wow, it’s over. If I win it’s a problem.” Read more.

Fat Joe And Ashanti To Celebrate Grammy Nods

The New York Daily News reports Ashanti and Fat Joe will celebrate their Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song Collaboration, ‘What’s Luv,’ tonight at Soho’s NV. That’s where they filmed the video.

Meth And Fat Joe At Nets Vs. Celtics NBA Game

Method Man and Fat Joe enjoyed a game between the New Jersey Nets and the Boston Celtics at the Continental Airlines Arena on Wednesday (December 25) in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Fat Joe Explains Sister’s Death

Sister2Sister magazine caught up with Fat Joe who explained what happened to his sister, who died tragically. “She was having a baby and they gave her the epidural to numb her from the waist down,” Joe said. “And for some reason it went up… from the waist up. She fell into a coma. She was in the coma for like a year and then she died. Not only was she suffering, the whole family was suffering.” The baby didn’t make it either. Asked how he was going to deal with the family tragedy, Joe said, “I got no choice. Life is not guaranteed and the game is crazy. You sit down and mourn so much, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Life, unfortunately, ain’t just fun and games. There comes a time when everyone’s got to go through it. It’s been happening to me real early in my life where I have to lose friends and family when I’m young. We’re all gonna go through it.” His sister died about a year ago. The full story at s2smagazine.com has since been removed.

Fat Joe, Talib Kweli Say Trent Lott’s Apology Not Enough

Fat Joe and Talib Kweli have added their names to the hat of those in hip hop asking for Trent Lott to step down after his controversial remarks that many have deemed racist, despite repeated apologies. “It’s a real big kick in the face to minorities,” Fat Joe said. “You would think he would be fired or would have to step down. What’s real surprising to me is Bush actually endorsed him and said that he doesn’t need to resign.” Talib added, “If you thought that Trent Lott wasn’t a racist or wasn’t a prejudiced person, you’re just a fool. Everything in his political record points to that. The issue is not whether or not he’s racist — that’s obvious. The issue is that he got caught saying it. No one’s asking him to recant his beliefs, no one is shocked about what he said. I think people are shocked that he allowed himself to get caught. I think his apology is not for what he said, I think he’s apologizing because he realized he’s a fool for getting caught.” Read more.

Fat Joe Launches ‘Loyalty’ Wheel Line With Omega

Fat Joe recently finalized a deal with Omega Luxury Wheels to become the first rapper in history to launch his very own high-end luxury rim called ‘The Loyalty.’ The details: ‘The Loyalty’ comes in 26, 24, 22, and 20 inch sizes. Finished in chrome, it is the first wheel ever to have Swavorski crystals embedded in the spokes.