Hip-hop star Fat Joe has conquered his fear of flying, after 10 years of avoiding air travel.

The rapper, real name JOSEPH CARTAGENA, often travelled by bus from his New Jersey home whenever his work took him on the road, but he's now combatted his fear - after a little alcoholic help.

He says, "I was afraid of flying for, like, 10 years. I just got over that a year ago.

"One day, I just felt like, 'Yo, I'm gonna drink a whole lot of liquor and get it over with once and for all.'

"So it happened, thank God. Before that, I just drove everywhere. Four days to Cali on the tour bus, man."

19/01/2005 09:18