Fat Joe Brings "Crack" To Puerto Rican Day Parade Broadcast

 Fat Joe will be making history next month when he becomes the first hip-hop artist to sit in as a reporter in a live telecast of New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade.

FOX5 and UPN9, who will collaborate to broadcast the annual parade for the first time, will be making the announcement of Joe's co-hosting duties this week. Previous telecasts of the parade were shown by NBC but News Corp., who owns both Fox 5 and UPN9, snagged exclusive rights to televise the event last month.

Fat Joe (born Joseph Antonio Cartagena) will be joining FOX5 anchor Ernie Anastos and UPN9 anchor Brenda Blackmon to provide commentary for the parade and interview celebrities, politicians and various spectators who are expected to attend.

"It's so hard to translate the energy of being there live," Joe told The New York Post. "I'm going to try my best to have everyone who's at home watching feel like they are really a part of the event and show them what it's like to be a proud Puerto Rican."

The parade, which celebrates Puerto Rican culture and heritage, has been held every summer since the late 50's. The event usually draws up to 100,000 people a year and attracts various hip-hop artists and celebrities.

"Fat Joe will bring a really fresh perspective on pop culture today," said Ray Blanco, the parade special's executive producer. "I think it's going to be fun to have him and our anchors. Can you imagine politicians like Senator Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg being interviewed by Fat Joe?"

According to officials, Joe will march between 44th and 68th Streets and board the anchor booth at 11:30 a.m. where he's expected to perform and interview a number of not-yet-revealed celebrity guests.

"I want to interview everybody from Mayor Bloomberg to Marc Anthony, who's one of my idols, to the little baton girl from the South Bronx to get her take on what it's like to be part of this." Joe told The Post.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade will be televised on Sunday, June 11 on Fox 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. UPN9 will then televise it from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In related news, Fat Joe will be among numerous artists featured on DJ Khaled's upcoming compilation titled Lisstteennn!. Due June 6, the compilation features appearances from Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Bun B, Kanye West, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel, Paul Wall, John Legend, Lil' Wayne, Akon and Juelz Santana, among others.

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