Fat Joe discusses marijuana laws with Kamala Harris: Unpacking the inequities

When the VP calls me, I stop everything

Foo Fighters, Fat Joe And Chuck D At The Power To The Patients Event, Advocating For Healthcare
Foo Fighters, Fat Joe And Chuck D At The Power To The Patients Event, Advocating For Healthcare / Taylor Hill/GettyImages

In an unprecedented meeting of hip-hop and politics, Fat Joe and Vice President Kamala Harris recently convened to tackle the contentious issue of marijuana possession laws. On Friday, March 15, the Bronx-bred rapper moderated a closed-door discussion with the vice president, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and a group of individuals who have been granted clemency for prior weed-related convictions.

Marijuana: As dangerous as heroin?

During the public-facing segment of the event, Vice President Harris made her stance clear:

"This issue is stark when one considers the fact that on the current schedule, marijuana is classified as dangerous as heroin."

She went on to emphasize that marijuana is even deemed more dangerous than fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for tens of thousands of deaths annually in the United States. Harris minced no words, calling this classification absurd and patently unfair.

Joey crack’s honorable role

While the closed-door discussion remained confidential, Fat Joe expressed his gratitude for being part of the dialogue.

"When the vice president calls me, I stop everything, he declared. "

The Terror Squad frontman’s involvement underscores the growing intersection of music, activism, and policy reform. His willingness to lend his voice to this critical conversation demonstrates the power of hip-hop as a force for change.

Beyond politics: Fat Joe’s artistic pursuits

In a recent Instagram Live stream, Fat Joe also addressed the intersection of art and politics. The rapper, known for his sneaker collection as much as his chart-topping hits, made a case for appreciating art independently of its creators’ political affiliations.

"If you collect art,” he began, “do you really know what [Jean-Michel] Basquiat was into? Do you know what Andy Warhol was into? Any of these artists that you were into? You love the art, so you get it. I guess they separate art from the person."

Sneaker collector and art aficionado

Fat Joe’s passion for sneakers extends beyond mere fashion. He recently acquired a pair of Donald Trump’s new shoes, emphasizing that art transcends political divisions.

"Once again, I’m not a Trumper. I dislike Trump. I’m not voting for him — not now, not ever — but I’m a sneaker collector into the art."

His collection spans thousands of pairs, including exclusive Kanye West designs. Joe’s message is clear: Art speaks louder than politics.

A legacy of giving back

This isn’t the first time Fat Joe has blended his love for sneakers with philanthropy. Last year, he gifted pairs of his Nike Air Force 1 x Terror Squad collaboration to famous friends. He even surprised former President Bill Clinton with a pair, playfully declaring Clinton an

"honorary member of the Squad. The former president’s reaction? These are cool, oh wow, he exclaimed."

The meeting between Fat Joe and Vice President Harris highlights the urgency of reevaluating marijuana laws. As the nation grapples with criminal justice reform, their dialogue serves as a powerful reminder that music, art, and activism can drive change. Whether it’s through beats or sneakers, Joey Crack continues to make his mark on American culture.