Fat Joe Reveals The NBA Player Whose Wife Biggie Described On “I Got A Story To Tell” (Video)
In late 2014, former New York Knicks star Point Guard John Starks appeared on ESPN’s Highly Questionable. There, host Bomani Jones asked the former all-star about long-speculated rumors that The Notorious B.I.G. was dissing him on 1997’s “I Got A Story To Tell.” The Buckwild, Chucky Thompson, and Puff Daddy-produced Life After Death album cut featured a couple bars and some after-rap chatter that admitted that Biggie Smalls was giving the “Big Poppa” treatment to a wife of the Knicks. Based on the mention of the player being 6’5″, many always assumed B.I.G. was outing Starks’ business.
At the time, John vehemently denied the truth to the story. Refusing to go any further as to who the player was, the NBA alum did say that Biggie Smalls was not lying. That video has since been removed from YouTube.
Around the time that Biggie recorded “I Got A Story To Tell,” Fat Joe was underway for his own platinum Rap rise. Another proudly overweight MC from New York City, Joe Crack had recently released his first Top 100 album (and second overall) in 1995’s Jealous Ones Envy. With single “Envy” making its rounds, Joe was deeply present in the industry at the time, grooming his would-be Terror Squad pupils, Big Pun and Armageddon.
(2:25) So, in May 2016, Highly Questionable‘s Bomani Jones and Dan Le Batard press on to answer their question, this time on Fat Joe. “I could tell you, but I don’t want to be disrespectful,” begins Joe. After some hesitation, he reveals, “[The lyric] was about Anthony Mason.” Joe, who has been photographed with Mason before, continues, “Ant’ Mason’s my brother; I love Ant’ Mason.” Joe then opens up the conversation to the possibility of Rap embellishment. “We lied, and we stretched [the truth].” After Le Batard pushes back hard, Joe urges the host to calm down. He states, “That was a very-strong-possibility rumor… Damn, I feel like I’m Wikileaks or something.”
— Highly Questionable (@HQonESPN) May 16, 2016
Anthony Mason was listed as 6’7″, making the The Notorious B.I.G. lyric—if true, a misnomer.
Anthony Mason died last year, from heart failure. The onetime all-star played for the Knicks from 1991 to 1996, being traded to the Charlotte Hornets prior to The Notorious B.I.G.’s March, 1997 murder.
Last year, Joe’s mentor and D.I.T.C. band-mate Diamond D, explained how Mason ended up in the music video to his “Best Kept Secret.” While Joe did not appear in the video, the 1992 Stunts, Blunts, and Hip Hop single shouts him out in the song’s intro.