Born on August 19, 1970, Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper. Hailing from the birthplace of Hip-Hop, the South Bronx, Fat Joe was destined for greatness. As a teenager, he was highly influenced and mentored by fellow Latino rapper Big Pun.
In the 1990s, Fat Joe began as part of the rap group D.I.T.C., and signed to Relativity Records. In 1993, his debut album, Represent, was released, with the lead single, “Flow Joe,” successfully peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
In 1995, he released his second studio album, Jealous One’s Envy, which peaked at #71 on the Billboard 200 and at #7 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. The second single, “Envy,” also peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. This then led Fat Joe to be featured on the remix of LL Cool J‘s single “I Shot Ya” alongside Foxy Brown, Keith Murray, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
From 1998 to 2006, he was signed to Atlantic Records, releasing four albums: Don Cartagena (1998), Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) (2001), Loyalty (2002), and All or Nothing (2005). Well received by many, Don Cartagena peaked on the Billboard 200 at #7, and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums, and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA.
A hit-maker by nature, in 2004 the cultural hit “Lean Back” was released, staying in the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. In 2008, VH1 ranked the single at number 55 in its “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs” list.
On March 2nd, 2016, the summer hit, “All the Way Up,” was released by Fat Joe and Remy Ma, featuring French Montana and Infrared. “All the Way Up” became the lead single off of Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s joint album, “Plata o Plomo,” which released earlier this year.
The single peaked at #9 on Billboard’s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and #31 on Billboard’s US Billboard Hot 100 chart. On December 6th, 2016, it was announced that Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s, “All the Way Up,” was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: best rap performance and best rap song. Recently, the RIAA confirmed that “All the Way Up” was certified double platinum with nearly 2 million in US units. Even more, Fat Joe and Remy Ma were both nominated for the 2017 BET Awards for best group.
With a new Roc Nation management deal, joining heavyweights, DJ Khaled, The LOX, and Jay Electronica, Fat Joe is now ready more than ever before to make history.