Originally after the release of The Darkside Vol. 1, Fat Joe stated during an interview with Sway on MTV RapFix Live in August 2010 that he planned to release another two volumes of The Darkside, then retire. However in December 2010 during an interview with GlobalGrind, Fat Joe stated that he was working on a new album which wasn't a Darkside album and was going to release the The Darkside Vol. 2 as a mixtape.
In June 2011, Drop a Body was released for the debuted as a music video on World Star Hip-Hop.
On the 24 October 2011, "Welcome To The Darkside" featuring French Montana was premiered by DJ Green Lantern on Hip-Hop Nation.
On October 30, 2011, a day before the release of the mixtape, "Dopeman" featuring Jadakiss and Dre was released.
A music video for "Welcome To The Darkside" was released on November 5, 2011.
On January 18, 2012, the music video for "So Fly" was released. It features exterior shots of Fat Joe's house in Miami.