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In the Fall, 2010, Fat Joe had a guest star role in the digital comedy short film Lil DPC from writer/director Michael Ratner which also features the Soprano's Steve Schirripa and Blink 182's Mark Hoppus.



Fat joe sales has plummeted since rival 50 cent attacked Fat Joe lyrically.His efforts to regain fans and generate album sales failed —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:33, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

fat joe Born on (August 19th, 1972 - June 12th, 2009) in the Bronx, New York City, Joseph Cartagena, a.k.a. Fat Joe, was heavily influenced by the Zulu Nation culture and parties as a youth.Fat Joe Was Murdered By 50 Cent . tapes of the music played at these events, and the original sounds piqued the interest of young Joe. As he got older, he too became involved in the whole hip-hop culture, taking a liking to not only rap, but graffiti art and break dancing as well. The streets of South Bronx would continue to have a profound impact on Joe. Belonging to a "crew" of toughs, he took the name Joey Crack, which reflected his growing control and influence on the drug trade in his little corner of the world. It took some time, but Joe realized his real future lay in music, not narcotics. He then used his long-standing street credibility and talent as a rapper to get a music deal with Relativity Records.Fat Joe is married to gangster rapper Rick Ross

Under them, Joe became Fat Joe Da Gangsta and released his debut album, Represent, in 1993. To the surprise of many, this small-time Spanish rapper scored a No. 1 hit with the track "Flow Joe." He became a sensation in the New York hip-hop scene and continued to ride the wave two years later when he came out with Jealous One's Envy.

Fat Joe caught the eye of fans across America for rapping from a true "gangster's" perspective, about the harsh realities of the world he grew up in. With the golden touch of producer DJ Premier, the album caught the eye of many a fan and fellow rapper. Fat Joe collaborated, and consequently got more exposure, with the likes of L.L. Cool J and Raekwon soon after.

This growth in popularity led Fat Joe to seek a bigger target market, and he was able to land a deal with Big Beat/Atlantic Records. In 1998, the album Don Cartagena became his best effort yet -- a socially conscious album that reflected, among other things, the profound influence a meeting with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan had on him. With its success, Atlantic put newcomers Big Pun and the crew the Terror Squad under Fat Joe's wing. Both artists made huge steps under the guidance of Joe, including smash hits like "Feelin' So Good" alongside Jennifer Lopez. In a short time, Joe, Pun and the rest of the Squad had several Billboard hits and established a name for themselves in the rap industry.

All the celebrating came to a halt, however, in February 2000, when Big Pun suffered a fatal heart attack. The 600-pound rapper was Fat Joe's best friend and the loss, coupled with a sister stuck in a coma, hit him very hard. With nowhere to concentrate his energies, he turned toward music once again.

2001's Jealous One's Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) became a platinum-selling album, and featured the most played single in Atlantic Record's history: "What's Luv," performed alongside R&B's new queen, Ashanti. The rest of the album was replete with rap all-stars, including Busta Rhymes and Ludacris.

To ride the wave of hits, Joe worked quickly to release his fifth album, Loyalty, in 2002. It showed an honest, original and creative side, including one of rap's first real love songs, dedicated to Joe's wife.

When not touring or promoting his latest album, Fat Joe connects with the community in the Bronx. He owns a barbershop, a clothing store called Fat Joe's Halftime, and runs a fashion line, FJ560. He employs his friends form the 'hood and keeps them on track, by helping them earn honest livings.

In all aspects of life, Fat Joe has proven to be an originator and a rising star.

KRS-One once talked about "bringing back that ol' New York rap," and that's exactly what the Terror Squad intend to do with their sophomore LP, True Story. "We're taking hip hop back to where it started," says Joe, explaining the album's sound, "We're taking it back to the Bronx." And though there is nothing throwback about the album, as it pushes the envelope of contemporary production, as far as attitude is concerned, Joe couldn't be more right. Proud and defiant, yet calm cool and collected, Terror Squad represent exactly what makes hip hop so damn fresh.

Terror Squad, the brainchild of veteran Latino Bronx rapper Fat Joe, began when Joe found his protégé and fallen superstar, Big Punisher in '96. Together the two made platinum magic on Pun's two classic albums, Capitol Punishment and Yeaah Baby!, and introduced the world to their BX-based crew, with their critically hailed, self-titled debut. Though Pun passed in 2000, as an unfortunate result of his obesity, Fat Joe has persevered against all odds both as a soloist, experiencing his greatest commercial success with his fourth album, ‘01's Jealous Ones Still Envy, and as a leader, holding Terror Squad together in spite of haters and skeptics who predicted a collapse after Pun's demise.

"In between every album people want to count me out," says Joe, "but I'm not going no where and this new album is the proof." In an exciting twist Fat Joe decided to add female battle rap champ Remy Ma (Pun's personal talent find) and R&B singer and heart throb, Tony Sunshine to T.S.'s lineup of Prospect and Armageddon. "I feel like my squad is better than ever right now, as far as lyrics," says Joe, "and I think that the addition of Remy and Tony really just gives us the diversity that we were missing last time."

"When we started recording this record," says Joe, "my goal was to find special beats, that sounded different from anything that we've ever done before, but that still have that hard NY shit that our fans have come to expect." The result is undeniable. True Story has a lush musical landscape that at the same time recalls the greatness of Joe and Pun's respective pinnacles as well as ushering a new and soulful feel to the squad. Songs like "New York State of Mind," which features a brilliant sample of Billy Joel's famous tune of the same name, and "Lean Back," the infectious first single which caught fire at radio from the moment of it's release, exemplify the LP's ornate, but roots hip hop production.

Though all members shine on True Story, everyone in the crew agrees that the album is Remy's in its essence. "I didn't go into this trying to dominate the album," the surprisingly gentle thug princess says, "but I'm honored that the guys feel like I did such a good job, because I really used all the energy and creativity that I'd been saving up when I recorded." With the most verses on the LP, other than Joe, Remy Ma, a Bronx native who was discovered and recruited by Pun, has been waiting in the wings since 2000 when she signed to the now out-of-business Loud Records (and actually made an LP, which was sadly shelved). "I'm actually glad that things didn't work out with that first album," she says with a surprisingly upbeat tone "because I still had a lot of growing up to do, as an artist and a person, and now I'm finally ready." Remy recently lit up New York this spring with her crushing defeat of another female rapper, Lady Luck, at a closed-door battle. "I still don't think that beating her was that big a deal," says the 23 year-old, "but ever since I did that, I've been hearing my name all over the place: on radio, in magazines." Backed by her staring turn on the T.S. single, and negotiations with several interested major labels, Remy is sure to continue hearing her name all about town.

Adding a unique flavor to the album, which sets it apart from its predecessor, Tony Sunshine, who also recorded a shelved LP for Loud, also stands tall in the mix. "I've been singing basically as long as I can remember," says the soft-spoken, thoughtful Sunshine, "but I really started out singing Latin music as a child, and it wasn't until high school that I discovered Motown and Stevie Wonder, which was the music that's become my passion." And it's that supple blend of Latin flavor and R&B soul that the 24 year-old BX native Sunshine lends to True Story. "For me it's all about balance," he says, "because people want to assume that because you sing you're soft, so I didn't want to live up to that, but at the same time, I knew I wanted to make something that the ladies could relate to." Evidence of this balance can be found on Tony's emotive solo song "Streets of New York", as well as on the hilarious "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me" in which Tony actually rhymes while an off-key Fat Joe belts out the melody. In addition to lacing True Story, Tony Sunshine has also been putting the finishing touches on his Terror Squad/Epidemic Music/Jive solo album, which is produced by Miami heat-makers, Cool & Dre. "It's so crazy for me right now, because I got the Terror Squad album bubbling at the same time that radio is starting to play my first single "Oh My God" with P. Diddy and Dirtbag."

Not to be eclipsed by the newcomers Prospect and Armageddon both demonstrate new energy and a renewed approach on the new album. "I have nothing but trust for Joe," says Prospect, "so I just keep workin', yaknawmean? And I come through and play my part, just like on the first album, ‘cause I know my time is coming sooner or later." And it is with that soldier-like attitude that Pros wrecks havoc on the mic throughout True Story, adding his sharp lyrical barbs wherever Joe felt they were needed. And Armageddon, who Fat Joe describes as "the deepest lyricist in the crew," finds new life on the LP contributing not just rhymes this time, but also beats. "I been making beats for a couple of years now," says ‘Geddy, as they affectionately call him, "but I really started taking it more serious recently, ‘cause I see it as another way to add on creatively." Sticking strictly to samples, which suits Geddy's no nonsense demeanor, he gives the LP it's dark side, the Yin to the somewhat upbeat Yang provided by big name beatmakers like Scott Storch, Buckwild and Lord Finesse.

"This summer is gonna be known as the summer of T.S.," Fat Joe proclaims, when asked what his goal for the LP is. "People don't even know what's gonna hit them when they hear this record. And this is just the beginning." Indeed, after just over a decade in the game, slowly cultivating his loyal fanbase and growing his team, naturally, and at their own pace, Fat Joe is ready to begin anew, as both his team's franchise player, coach and owner. And as unlikely as it sounds, Joe's Bronx tale is no doubt, a True Story.

Filmography error[edit]

{{editsemiprotected}}Filmography is wrong. Joe is not in Lakeview Terrace.Henrahh (talk) 01:20, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Confirmed with IMDB. --Mikemoral♪♫ 01:49, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

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hi i uploaded some pictures that i took in 1999 at the puerto rico parade in nyc. feel free to use the pix on the wiki site.

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mika — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mika-photography (talkcontribs) 13:22, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Early career section[edit]

His initial name he went by when he first came out was "Joe da Fat Gangsta" not "Fat Joe da Gangsta". If you listen to his first album and the odd time you can catch him speaking on earlier DITC member albums, that's what he refers to himself as. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atheg74 (talkcontribs) 16:18, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Can you provide a link with a source for this? SpencerT♦C 16:29, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Fat Joe was also known as "Don Cartagena"[edit]

"All the kids in the ghetto call me Don Cartgena..." Joe's line from the single, Deep Cover 98. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:28, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Under "Personal Life > LGBT beliefs and support," the article reads, "His comments came after being asked to comment on Mister Cee being arrested for public lewdness with a transgender."

This should read, "His comments came after being asked to comment on Mister Cee being arrested for public lewdness with a transgender person."

Use of transgender alone is similar to referring to a person of color as "colored;" it should be changed to reflect respectful language.