Fat Joe Overview

Joseph Cartagena (born August 19, 1970), better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper signed to Imperial Records, CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and member of musical groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad.

Fat Joe's first album was Represent Represent (Fat Joe album) , released in 1993, followed by Jealous One's Envy in 1995. From 1998 to 2006, he was signed to Atlantic Records, releasing four albums under the label, Don Cartagena in 1998, Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) in 2001, Loyalty Loyalty (album) in 2002, and All or Nothing All or Nothing (Fat Joe album) in 2005. Around the release of All or Nothing, Fat Joe became involved in a highly publicized feud with another New York City-based rapper 50 Cent, who attacked Fat Joe in his song "Piggy Bank". His most po***r song in which he performed was his Remy Ma duet "Lean Back" with Terror Squad. The song was a number-one hit in the summer of 2004 Hot 100 number-one hits of 2004 (USA) .

Starting in 2006, when his album Me, Myself, & I Me, Myself & I (album) was released, Fat Joe was signed to Imperial Records, which distributes through Terror Squad Entertainment. His follow up album wasThe Elephant in the Room, which was released in 2008; Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2), the sequel to Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.), was released in October 2009.


 
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1991-1995: Early years

Under stage name Fat Joe da Gangsta and part of the Diggin' in the Crates (D.I.T.C.) crew, Cartagena was signed to Relativity Records in the early 1990s, recording material and working with many artists who he would later sign to his own label. In 1993, his debut album Represent was released, featuring production from The Beatnuts, Diamond D, Lord Finess, and others. Its lead single Flow Joe peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart; other minor singles from the album included "Watch the Sound" and "This Shit is Real".

In 1995, Fat Joe released his second studio album, Jealous One's Envy, which peaked at #71 on The Billboard 200 and at #7 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The album featured a guest appearance from KRS-One and production from Diamond D. The lead single was Success, which did not chart, but his second single, "Envy" peaked at #8 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The success of this album led Fat Joe to be featured on the remix of LL Cool J's single I Shot Ya along with Foxy Brown, Keith Murray and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

Three years later, in 2005, Fat Joe released his sixth album All or Nothing, noted for featuring the po***r diss track "My Fofo", aimed at fellow New York rapper 50 Cent, who had dissed Joe for recording with Ja Rule New York (Ja Rule song) . Shortly after, when MTV switched to a commercial break, 50 Cent directed an obscenity at Joe, and 50 Cent jumped on stage as Fat Joe was leaving.

In June 2007, the Reverend Michael Pfleger targeted Fat Joe as among several rappers he believed promoted misogyny in his billboard campaign "Stop Listening to Trash", which was launched June 18, 2007 throughout Chicago, Illinois, where Pfleger preaches.

Fat Joe's eighth solo studio album The Elephant in the Room was distributed by Imperial Records, a division of Capitol Records and Terror Squad Entertainment,
The album debuted at the sixth position on the Billboard Hot 100. "Ain't Sayin' Nuthin'" followed and featured Plies Plies (rapper) .

On March 20, 2008, shortly after record sales were released for Fat Joe's new album The Elephant in the Room, 50 Cent released a video via his YouTube account, which features the "funeral" of Fat Joe, which shows 50 Cent crying in the fake footage. 50 Cent then talks about Fat Joe's record sales, and states that he ended Fat Joe's career (like he says he did to Ja Rule's) and that his mixtape blew out Fat Joe's album.


2009-Present: Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 and The Darkside

Fat Joe's ninth solo studio album is to be titled J.O.S.E. 2 Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) and released towards the end of June 2009. The project reprises the title of Joe’s 2002 RIAA-Certified Platinum release, Jealous Ones Still Envy Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) , and will mark Joe’s third release since bringing his Terror Squad Terror Squad (record label) imprint to the EMI family in 2006. For this album, Joe has reached out to many artists, landing assists from Ron Browz, Fabolous, Lil' Kim, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Akon. Producers include Jim Jonsin, The Inkredibles, and frequent collaborator StreetRunner. "One One (Fat Joe single) ", featuring Akon, was the first single. The album was released on October 6, 2009 and sold 11,000 copies in its first week. It debuted on The Billboard 200 at #73.

In January 2010, Fat Joe announced that he was working on a new album, The Darkside: Volume 1. MTV News reported that Fat Joe intended "all the material...to be much harsher" than his previous album. Production comes from The Alchemist The Alchemist (producer) , Cool & Dre, Streetrunner, and possibly Scott Storch, with guest performances by DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, and Young Jeezy. The first single from The Darkside is "Ha Ha (Slow Down)," which features Young Jeezy.Fat Joe is of Puerto Rican Puerto Rican people descent. Born in The Bronx, In 2005, Stuff magazine and ContactMusic.com profiled Fat Joe's weight loss efforts. He has a wife, Lorena, and two children.

On September 8, 1998, Fat Joe and Big Pun were arrested on assault charges for hitting a man with a baseball bat and stealing the man's gold chain on June 14 that year. Joe was arrested again on May 12, 2002 for allegedly fighting with another man at B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square, but the charges were dropped on January 10, 2003.

In two murder cases, Fat Joe has been named a witness. Joe's former bodyguard, Jose Mulero (also known as Sing Sing), was arrested on September 17, 2004 for the April 15, 1994 shooting death of 16-year-old Ernesto Rivera at a Bronx nightclub. Responding to a subpoena, Fat Joe claimed to have heard the shooting and seen people fleeing the scene, but investigators argued that he was standing closer to Mulero, by a door. Miami Beach police Miami Beach Police Department also named Fat Joe as a witness in a Memorial Day double homicide outside David's Cafe II in South Beach. Jermaine Wufgang Chamberline of Miami Gardens was accused of shooting Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro to death on that morning; Fat Joe and the two victims were sitting in a rented Cadillac Escalade parked outside the restaurant when a fight broke out between passengers and another man.

At a "School is Cool" assembly in Public School 5 Jersey City Public Schools in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 11, 2009, Fat Joe was a speaker.*Represent Represent (Fat Joe album) (1993, as Fat Joe da Gangsta)
*Jealous One's Envy (1995)
*Don Cartagena (1998)
*Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) (2001)
*Loyalty Loyalty (album) (2002)
*All or Nothing All or Nothing (Fat Joe album) (2005)
*Me, Myself & I Me, Myself & I (album) (2006)
*The Elephant in the Room (2008)
*Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) (2009)
*The Darkside: Volume 1 (2010)*Thicker Than Water Thicker Than Water (1999 film) (1999) - Lonzo Medina
*Prison Song Prison Song (film) (2001)
*Empire Empire (2002 film) (2002)
*Scary Movie 3 (2003)
*Happy Feet (2006) - voice of Seymour
 

 

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