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Fat Joe (born Joseph Cartagena on August 19, 1970) is a American rapper of Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage. Born and brought up in the Bronx, Joe was popular in the large underground hip hop scene during the early and mid-1990s. During this period, Joe was affiliated with KRS-One — there are pictures online at KRS-One’s Temple of Hiphop site showing the pair drawing graffiti (“bombing”) together. He is also the most widely known member of the D.I.T.C. Crew (the “Digging in the Crates Crew”), along with smaller hip-hoppers such as Diamond D, Lord Finesse, O. C., A.G., Buckwild, occasional member Big L (deceased), and Big Pun (deceased). The title of the group refers to DJs who “dig in the crates” of used record stores to find rare or novel records with “breaks” that they could use as fat beats for production or in performances. Fat Joe has flirted with gaining mass recognition in the mainstream American music scene, most prominently in his massive cameos on songs by artists such as Jennifer Lopez.

Fat Joe’s first single off his eleventh album is, “Another Round,” a collaboration with Chris Brown. The Another Round Songfacts reports that it was his first Hot 100 hit for four years.

Fat Joe has also had major beef with his ex TS Crew member Cuban Linkz who was a part of Fat Joe TS Crew until they had a disagreement about money royalties and the pair had a fight and Fat Joe knifed Cuban Linkz on the side of his face. The beef has quiet down now but they are no longer friends and nor do they speak to each other.

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  • doforlove

    Another Day is dope.

    5 May 3:47pm Reply
  • mightyscooop

    tfw my only fat joe plays are make it rain and make it rain remixes

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ermideris

    DSIII is great effort by Joe!!

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dennis7

    DS3 Great Album!!!

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ploveskicks

    The Darkside III!

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • WuMember

    money destroyed him, but i still dig his first album. ditc crew.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    Joe has made some dope music and has very good beat selection. Rapping isn't amazing, but it's good enough. Co-sign s. perrotta.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    It's hardly the be all and end all but how can you say that if someone in their respective field has been around for a while it "doesn't mean shit"? You have to look at it in the context of his career and what he's done to achieve it - he's not scraping by or putting out albums for peanuts. Yes this doesn't automatically mean he's dope but it's a noteworthy facet. Joe's been part of several different eras in hip-hop and hasn't dropped off the radar like so many others. A.G. (a more talented rapper (from Joe's old camp as I'm sure you know)) has been around for just as long but Everything's Berri was fucking dreadful. Joe's last effort was impressive. People put too much stock in skill when rating certain rappers... "Comparative lack of ability to others" is hm obvious. Whether or not it's obvious is fucking irrelevant. What I'm saying is that it's a weak excuse to pan his music. You're regurgitating what I posted without really engaging with it and holding Joe to an invisible standard.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    As usually I'm not aware of disputes and rap affairs, the "comparative lack of ability to others" is hm obvious. Listen to the posse cut 1,2 Pass It for example and name the mc or the verse that is worse than him/his. The lack of longevity might indicate a here today, gone tomorrow story, however, the presence of longevity doesn't mean shit. Some people clearly don't see the longevity you're describing in his discography. I don't either.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Underrated might have been a better choice in hindsight but I’m not appending the word “underappreciated” to the barometer of success (I’m aware that Fat Joe has done quite well in terms of sales and exposure); I’m appending it to quality. I’m not saying that dude has been putting out dope album after dope album but his releases have generally been solid at the very least. A lot of people write Joe’s music off on the basis of a few petty disputes, ghost-writing accusations and a comparative lack of ability to others. Someone can be successful (or at least established) in one department (be it commercial or underground) and still not get fair dues (acclaim etc.). Longevity (to avoid any more confusion: sustained success + output of a decent level as opposed to the mere continuation of releasing music) goes some way to indicate that Joe has credibility as a rapper – credibility that I feel isn’t always acknowledged.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    lol still putting out material after 20 years doesn't mean you gotta listen to it. Saying the discography of a rapper with half a million listeners on this site plus tons of videos and huge airplay (at least some years ago) is underappreciated is ridiculous, stop misusing this word, there are dope cats out there struggling to release their debut album.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • whoasd

    Summer Up 2013 http://www.last.fm/festival/3539404+Summer+Up+2013 !

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    v Obviously...

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Occulta66

    Nah, Big Pun was better IMO

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    "I listen to first three albums only". You're all so special... Most of his '00s albums are decent. It shouldn't matter that much (unfortunately it does for a lot of clowns) if he's making commercial songs. He's certainly not in the minority there. Fat Joe is obviously not the most skilled or creative rapper you'll encounter but his discography is underappreciated... 20 years since Represent and still putting out material - that's good going.

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • phferreira88

    Colaborou com o Naldo, apenas isso.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mart1n_O

    I prefer first three albums only

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CamilleW2Ls

    instagram dat ho

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • betoonking

    I listen first three albums only [2]

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • WestSideTrippin

    I listen first three albums only

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
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