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|Birth name||Joseph Calleja|
|Born||November 9, 1974|
|Origin||Taylor, Michigan, U.S.|
|Died||November 16, 2000(aged 26)|
|Genres||Hip hop, rap rock, rap metal|
|Associated acts||Kid Rock|
Joseph "Joe C." Calleja (November 9, 1974 – November 16, 2000) was an American rapper and musician. His popularity and fame were based on his relationship as hype man and comic relief for fellow rapper Kid Rock.
Calleja was born in Taylor, Michigan. He had coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease that may cause stunting and dwarfism and some complications in rare cases. Because of this, he had a maximum height of 3 ft 9 in (1.1 m) at adult age. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems. In 2000, he said in an interview with John Norris from MTV that he had to take 60 pills daily and required constant medical treatment.
He appeared on television, including a guest role with Kid Rock on the animated series The Simpsons. Joe C. was a World Wrestling Federation fan and made various references to the WWF stable D-Generation X during concerts. He appeared on the May 18, 2000 edition of WWF Smackdown during a taping in Detroit to drink beer with The Acolytes, and on the May 29 edition of Raw Is War, helping Too Cool win their only WWF Tag Team Championship in 2000 from Edge and Christian. Among his friends were wrestlers Rob Van Dam and Sabu.
In November 1999, Calleja was forced to leave the tours with Kid Rock, only appearing in a few programs from this issue. On November 16, 2000, one week after his 26th birthday, Calleja died while he was sleeping at home, at his parents' house in Taylor, Michigan. A solo album was lined up before his death.
- Devil Without a Cause (1998)
- "Kyle's Mom is a Big Fat Bitch" on South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Soundtrack (1999)
- "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" (2000)
- Cool Daddy Cool (2000)
- "Devil Without a Cause" (live album Trucker 2006, recorded on concerts in 2000)
- "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (live album Trucker 2006, recorded on concerts in 2000)
- Cool Daddy Cool (demo) (1995)
- Heaven (demo) (2000)