Fat JoeIf you’ve seen Fat Joe’s latest music video for his song, “Drop A Body,” you’ll notice how slim he looks. Well, that’s because he’s lost quite a bit of weight.

When the video dropped, it drew a lot of people’s attention, but no one knew how or what Joe decided to drop all the weight.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Joey Crack explained that the loss of several friends from heart attacks last year, motivated him to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“What’s the difference between me and them? Health doesn’t discriminate just because I’m famous,” Joe explained.

He tells the paper that he started eating a more balanced diet. Instead of half-chickens and pasta plates, he not eats six small daily meals of fruit, veggies, whole grains and lean meats. This, combined a two-hour workout regimen, helped him shed 88 pounds.

“I was always LL Cool J in a fat guy’s body,” he joked.

However, all joking aside, the rapper wants to be here for his daughter … and well, he’s got a lot to live for.

“I can’t leave my daughter behind. I want to be here for her; I don’t want to die on her.”

Fat Joe once topped the scales at 425 pounds, but now hovers in the 265-pound range. While he’s lost weight in the past, weighing around 350 pounds in the past few years, he says he’s always piled back on because he “wasn’t focused.”

“I’m addicted to food; I love food,” he admits. “It’s like a crack addict — he hits rock bottom and he says, ‘All right, forget it. I’m not going to get high anymore.'”