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‘We’re About to Take it to the Next Level’: Fat Joe and Dave Chappelle Team Up to Tell the Rapper’s Life Story

Fat Joe’s life story is set to hit bookshelves just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Along with the literary piece, the South Bronx native and comedian Dave Chappelle are teaming up to bring the rapper’s experience to the stage.  

The performance will feature an introduction from the veteran comedian and several never-before-heard stories based on the “Lean Back” emcee’s upcoming memoir, “The Book of Jose.” The show will be produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Rikki Hughes’ Magic Lemonade Production and directed by legendary filmmaker Chris Robinson. 

We?re About to Take it to the Next Level': Fat Joe and Dave Chappelle Team Up to Tell the Rapper's Life Story
Fat Joe (L) and Dave Chappelle (R). Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MRC, Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“The world will be getting Fat Joe at his most authentic, vulnerable, and comedic self on that stage,” the rapper told TMZ, which initially broke the news. “I’ve always taken pride in my storytelling, but we’re about to take it to the next level. I’m grateful to Dave Chappelle, Roc Nation, and Magic Lemonade for their support in sharing my story and helping make this one-man show the biggest event ever.” 

The show will cover several significant moments in the “What’s Luv?” rapper’s life, including his kidnapping in Angola in the mid-2000s, the death of his dear friend and Terror Squad collaborator Big Pun and the jail time he served for his alleged role in a tax evasion case in 2013. The event will also feature interviews with some of Joe’s closest family, friends, and collaborators.

Still, the telling of Joe’s nearly three-decade-long career doesn’t stop there. During an appearance on Math Hoffa’s “My Expert Opinion” podcast, Joe revealed he has a  television show based on his life slated to air on Starz.  

“Eventually, every Sunday, after you watch ‘BMF’ and ‘Power,’ you’re gonna see ‘The Fat Joe Show’ on Starz network,” he said. “It was a lot of channels trying to get this s–t. Puff [Sean “Diddy” Combs] is my partner, and we chose there because that’s prime time every Sunday.” 

There is no word on when the Chappelle-assisted show starts, while “The Book of Jose” is set to release on November 15. 

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