Fat Joe

Fat Joe

 New York City, New York, USA
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Latino rapper Fat Joe (aka Fat Joe da Gangsta, Joey Crack, and his real name, Joe Cartagena) was raised in the South Bronx area of New York. It was through an older brother that Cartagena learned the ways of the street, as well as discovering rap music via the sounds of such groundbreaking artists as Theodore, Funky 4 + 1, and the Furious Five. Eventually going by the name of Fat Joe, the rapper secured a recording contract with the Relativity label in the early '90s, resulting in the release of his full-length debut, Represent, in 1993 (which spawned the single "Flow Joe," peaking at the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart). Two years later, Fat Joe issued his sophomore effort, Jealous One's Envy, which included a cameo appearance by KRS-One as well as production contributions by the likes of DJ Premier, L.E.S., and Domingo. Around the same time, Fat Joe appeared on LL Cool J's big hit "I Shot Ya" (along with Foxy Brown and Keith Murray) and collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon on a track from the "Envy" single, called "Firewater." By the late '90s, Fat Joe had switched record labels (signing on with Atlantic) and tried his hand at other non-musical career ventures such as opening a clothing store called Fat Joe's Halftime, a barber shop, and a fashion line, FJ560. In addition, he signed a production and distribution deal with Atlantic Records and Mystic Entertainment (which he ran with a partner named Big Greg). 1998 saw the release of Fat Joe's debut for Atlantic, Don Cartagena, which featured cameo appearances by the likes of Puff Daddy, Nas, Raekwon, Big Pun, and Jadakiss (the LOX), following it up in 2001 with Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.), which included contributions from Ludacris, Petey Pablo, M.O.P., R. Kelly, and Remy. Loyalty followed in 2002, and All or Nothing arrived three years after that. The raw Me, Myself and I from 2006 found the rapper on his own Terror Squad imprint, which was distributed by EMI. His second album for the label, The Elephant in the Room, appeared in 2008. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide


Happy Father's Day 2008
The Elephant In The Room 2008
Me, Myself & I 2006
All Or Nothing 2005
Rolling Stone Original2005
Loyalty 2002
Jealous Ones Still Envy 2001
Be Bop Story: 1944-1945 1998
Christmas Spirit 1998
Don Cartagena 1998
Jealous One's Envy 1995
Represent 1993
Repercussion 1981
Soul Syndrome 1980

I Won't Tell 2008
The Crack House 2007
Make It Rain (Remix) 2007
Make It Rain 2006
Get It Poppin2005
So Much More 2005
Opposites Attract 2004
What's Luv? 2004
All I Need 2004
Crush Tonight 2004
We Thuggin' 2004
Envy 1996

Make Ya'll Believers 2008
Shabaam Sahdeeq 2008
Stripper Anthems 2008
Alive On Arrival 2007
Monster Hip Hop2007
This Is East Coast Hip Hop 2007
Latin Explosion 2007
Garbz: Get Familiar; The Remixes 2006
Layzie Bone & Mo Thugs Records Presents 100% Pure Thug Tour 2006
From The Ghetto Vol.#2 2006
This Is Hip Hop 2006
Portraits Of A Gangstar 2006
Get On Ya Grind 2005
Lil Coner Presents Connections - Time Is Money2005
So Quick...Like a Heist 2004
Strictly The Best Vol. 312003
Bad Boys II 2003
The Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 2002
Violator The Album: V2.0 2001
The Fast And The Furious 2001
Girlfight [Clean] 2000
The Best Of Rap City 1999
Road Rash 3D 1998
I Like It Like That, Vol. 1 1994

5 * Stunna, Baby The Birdman 2007
Living Legend : Selections From The Upcoming Album, Junior Reid 2007
We Takin' Over, DJ Khaled 2007
We the Best, DJ Khaled 2007
Mario Vazquez, Mario Vazquez 2006
Duets: The Final Chapter, Notorious B.I.G. 2005
Life, Ricky Martin 2005
Street Talk , D.I.T.C. 2005
I Don't Care - Reggaeton Mixes, Ricky Martin 2005
Hold You Down (featuring Fat Joe), Jennifer Lopez 2005
Zero Tolerance, Hit Squad 2004
Buju and Friends , Buju Banton 2004
Crunk Juice, Lil Jon 2004
Sweat, Nelly 2004
M.I.A.M.I. Money Is A Major Issue, Pitbull 2004
True Story, Terror Squad 2004
Revolutions, The X-Ecutioners 2004
Real, Ivy Queen 2004
The Lex Diamond Story, Raekwon 2003
Love Don't Cost A Thing 2003
Amigo Mio: Tono Y Sus Exitos , Tono Rosario 2003
From The Crates To The Files: The... , Lord Finesse 2003
Music For My Peoples, Huey Dunbar 2003
Thalia (2003), Thalia 2003
The Awakening, PMD 2003
The Streetsweeper, DJ Kayslay 2003
The Streetsweeper Vol. 1 (Clean Version), DJ Kayslay 2003
2 Fast 2 Furious, Dialogue 2003
Chocolate Factory, R. Kelly 2003
Cradle 2 The Grave, DMX 2003
I Want You, Thalia 2003
G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories Part 1, Swizz Beatz 2002
Kings Of Crunk, Lil Jon 2002
Silver and Black, Luniz 2002
Grimey... God's Favorite, N.O.R.E. 2002
J To Tha L-O!: The Remixes, Jennifer Lopez 2002
Spiritual Minded, Rampage 2002
Crown Royal, Run-D.M.C. 2001
The Big Picture, Big L2000
Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire, E-40 1999
Platinum Game, CJ Mac 1999
Thug Mentality 1999, Krayzie Bone 1999
On the 6 , Jennifer Lopez 1999
Mama Drama, Mia X 1998
Inside Of You, Aaron Hall 1998
The Recip, Mack 10 1998
Make It Reign , Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz 1998
Mr. Smith , LL Cool J 1995
KRS-One, KRS-One 1995
Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop, Diamond 1992