This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

August 19th – Fat Joe was born Joseph Antonio Cartagena in The Bronx, New York, on this day in 1970.

Joe released his debut album in 1993 called “Represent” on Relativity Records as Fat Joe Tha Gangsta.

The album’s leadoff single “Flow Joe” earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Song.

Joe released his second album in 1995 called “Jealous One’s Envy”.

The album was produced by D.I.T.C.’s Diamond D, and featured KRS-One as a guest, as well as Big Pun, who had now joined Joe’s Terror Squad clique along with Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine, Cuban Link, Triple Seis, Prospect and Armageddon.

Big Pun would die tragically from a heart attack in 2000.

Joe scored with the hit single “Envy” off the album.

During this time he was also featured on the remix to the LL Cool J single “I Shot Ya”, along with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Foxy Brown and Keith Murray.

In 1998, Joe switched labels and went to Atlantic Records and released the hugely successful “Don Cartegena” album.

In 2001 Fat Joe released “Jealous One’s Envy (J.O.S.E.)”, not to be confused with Joe’s sophomore album of the same name.

The album included a slew of guest appearances from; N.O.R.E., R. Kelly, Busta Rhymes, M.O.P. to Ludacris, Petey Pablo and reggae singer Buju Banton.

The album was produced by Irv Gotti and spawned the smash hit “What’s Luv”, featuring Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Joe followed that up with 2002’s “Loyalty”.

In 2004, Joe and the Terror Squad scored with the smash hit anthem “Lean Back”, produced by Scott Storch from their album “True Story”.

Joe would release five more albums since then, 2005’s “All Or Nothing”, 2006’s “Me, Myself And I”, 2008’s “The Elephant In The Room”, 2009’s “Jealous Ones Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2)” and 2010’s “The Darkside – Vol-1”.

Fat Joe has also appeared in the films; “Scary Movie 3”, “Thicker Than Water”, “Empire”, “Prison Song” and he voiced the character Seymour in “Happy Feet”.

Joe has also been involved in several business enterprises, opening a clothing store called “Halftime”, a barbershop and launching a clothing line called FJ560.

Fat Joe has also won an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award and a Billboard Latin Music Award.

Fat Joe has also been in involved in philanthropic endeavors in Miami, where he now resides, New Jersey and his old neighborhood of The Bronx, New York, in projects for children involving scholastic, artistic and fitness programs.

Fat Joe has even collaborated with United States First Lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move” initiative against childhood obesity.

Fat Joe, who at one time weighed over 300 pounds, was the subject of a recently publicized weight loss effort which saw him drop close to a hundred pounds on a diet in which he stopped an admitted affinity for fast foods in place of fruits, vegetables and small portions of lean meats, citing the loss off his friend Big Pun as motivation and inspiration.