Fat Joe: Biggie’s “I Got A Story To Tell” Was About Former Knick Anthony Mason. | Gradient

Fat Joe: Biggie’s “I Got a Story to Tell” was about former Knick Anthony Mason.


If The Notorious B.I.G’s song, “I Got a Story to Tell,” is true – and we have no evidence to the contrary — then Biggie Smalls robbed former New York Knicks aforward Anthony Mason at gunpoint, shortly after having an affair with his girlfriend. 

Bomani Jones and Dan LeBatard have been on a quest to find out the subject of this classic song/anachronistic subtweet for two years — it’s become a white whale of sorts for the Highly Questionable hosts. John Starks gave an important breadcrumb in his 2014 appearance, confirming that the famous story was true, though he did not disclose the teammate of interest.

If you’ve heard the track, you can understand why. The lyrics read like a spec script for Empire:

Play the cut, n—a comin off some love potion shit

Flash the heat on ’em, he stood emotionless

Dropped the glass screamin, “Don’t blast here’s the stash

A hundred cash just don’t shoot my ass, please!”

N—a pullin mad G’s out the floor

Put stacks in a Prada knapsack, hit the door

Grab the keys to the five, call my niggas on the cell

“Bring some weed I got a story to tell, uhh”

Fat Joe revealed a long-speculated question about a hip-hop classic — which New York Knick dick did Biggie rob — during his guest appearance on Highly Questionable:

Fat Joe: I could tell you, but I don’t want to be disrespectful. But, it was about Anthony Mason, rest in peace.

Jones and LeBatard to each other: We got it!

LeBatard: You know! You know!

This gif of hosts Bomani Jones and Dan LeBetard’s reaction to the news say it all:


Fat Joe tried to soften the blow, reminding show hosts that he “loves Ant Mason” (why you do him dirty tho?) and that “this is entertainment…rappers, we lie and stretch [the truth]” (oh, that’s convenient).

LeBatard rejoiced in fulfilling his role in doing “important journalism.” Amen, Dan.

Let’s root for Biggie and Mason, who died last year from a heart condition, to work things out in Heaven.

Watch the interview below:

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