Fat Joe is known as an American rapper who lives in New York. He started his music career as a member of the hip-hop group “Diggin’ in the Crates Crew.” After that, he started his solo career and built up his label, Terror Squad, where singers like Big Pun, Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine, and DJ Khaled signed in.
His first solo album ‘Represent’ was released in 1993 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. Joe Fat also appeared in many movies like “Scary Movie 3”, “Happy Feet,” and “She’s Gotta Have It,” a Netflix series.
Critical Facts about Joe Fat
● Fat Joe’s annual income is $6 Million
● His monthly income is $40,000+
|Their real name is Joseph Antonio Cartagena|
|Celebrated name Fat Joe|
|Birth Place New York|
|Age 52 years|
|Eye Colour Black|
|Parents Puerto Rican and Cuban Descent Siblings Andre|
|Marital status Married|
Wife Lorena Cartagena
|Kids Ryan Cartagena, Azariah Cartagena, Joey Cartegena|
Early Life of Joe
He was born and raised in New York City, where his parents raised him. They lived in the Forest Houses, public housing in the South Bronx. Joe admitted that he started stealing at a young age to support his family, and he was even a bully in his childhood. His brother Andre introduced him to hip-hop music.
Under the stage name, Joe was signed to Relativity Records in the 1990s for recording materials and working with famous artists. In 1993, “Represent” released his first debut album. The lead single, “Flow Joe,” topped the number on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles Chart. The other minor singles are “Watch the Sound” and “This Shit is Real.”
Joe released his second album, “Jealous One’s Envy,” in 1995. The album peaked at number 71 on the Billboard 200 and number 7 on Top R&B/Hip Hop albums. His lead single, “Success,” did not chart. But his second album, “ Envy,” topped at number 8 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.
Joe met his rap idol, LL.L.Cool, at the Chung King Studios, who was in another studio room, working on the remix version of “I Shot Ya.” After that, he appeared in a video along with Foxy Brown, Keith Murray, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep. He considers this track to be one of his career highlights.
During the recording of “Jealous One’s Envy,” Joe meets the Latino rapper Big Pun, who got featured in one of his music videos.
On September 1, 1998, Joe’s third album, “Don Cartagena,” was released. It was released with the label Terror Squad Productions. The album peaked at number 7 on Billboard 200 and number 2 on The R&B/Hip Hop albums.
The guests in the albums were Nas, Puff Daddy, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Bone Thugs, and Raekwon.
He debuted his group, Terror Squad, with Cuban Link, Triple, Prospect, and Remy Ma. Joe assumed he would receive criticism for releasing only one solo album by a former member of Terror Squad.
In 1999, he appeared in the single video of “Feeling So Good” by Jennifer Lopez with the late rapper Big Pun.
Fat Joe released “Jealous Ones Still Envy” in 2011. It was his fourth album. It featured Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta, Pablo, Ludacris, R. Kelly, and Buju Banton. “We Thugging” was a big hit in 2001. “What’s Luv?” was a massive impact in early 2002 which featured Ja Rule and Ashanti. The album was Fat JOe’s biggest hit. Later in 2002, he released “Loyalty,” but it was not a successful hit.
In 2003, he was featured in the pop single “I Want You” by a Mexican singer. And in the same year, Joe and Tony performed the single “Crush Tonight.”
Joe’s setback was the number-one hit in 2004 with his squad on the “True Story” album. He then began recording for “Ivy Queen’s” debut album “Real” to support her goal to compete in the world. Jason Birchmeier called the song “a perfect club-ready duet”.
Late in 2005, Fat Joe released “All or Nothing, ” his sixth album. The track ”My Fofo” was aimed at fellow New York rapper 50 Cent. The singles “So Much More” and “Get It Poppin” feature Nelly, Eminem, Mase, Remy Ma, and many more. “Piggy Bank” was Fat Joe’s best-selling 2005 album “The Massacre.”
A conflict started at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Fat Joe said he felt safe with the police protection. His recordings for Atlantic Records are no longer under the Warner Music Group ownership.
Joe’s seventh album, “Me, Myself & I,” was released in 2006. It was the first album released with Virgin Records. In a competition in October 2006, Joe did a freestyle for VH1’s “Freestyle 59”. In June 2007, a catholic priest targeted Fat Joe as he believed Joe promoted misogyny in his billboard campaign “Stop Listening to Trash.” Also, that month, DJ Khaled featured Fat Joe in his singles, “We Takin’ Over.”
In September 2007, 50 Cent accused Fat Joe of being a coward and unwilling to confront him, but Joe dismissed the nonsense. At the end of January 2008, Joe and his accountant both denied rumors spreading on the internet about the owed II.R.S.taxes.
Imperial Records distributed his eighth album, “ The Elephant in the Room,” and was released on March 11, 2008. Shortly after the record sale, 50 Cent released a youtube video that featured the “funeral” of Joe and which 50 Cent was fake crying stating that Fat Joe had ended his career.
J.O.S.E.2 was Fat Joe’s ninth solo studio album and was released towards the end of June 2009. For this album, Joe reached many artists and landed assists from Ron Browz, Fabolous, Lil Wayne, and Akon. The “One” featured Akon and sold 11,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number 73 on the Billboard 200.
In January 2010, Joe said he was working on his new album “The Darkside Vol.1”. The album sold 12,000 copies in the first week and entered number 27 on the Billboard 200. The singles “(Ha Ha) Slow Down” and “If It Ain’t About Money” featured Young Jeezy and Trey Songz, respectively.
On September 21, 2011, Fat Joe stated about “The Darkside Vol.2” in an interview with XXL Magazine. This album was his first-ever official mixtape and featured two of his previous singles from “The Darkside Vol.1”.
Joe featured Alejandro Sanz’s new album in September 2012. On October 19, 2011, His eleventh studio album, “Another Round,” was released on iTunes. The “Yellow Tape” track features Lil Wayne, ASAP Rocky, and French Montana.
After that, Joe joined DD.I.T.C.for their album sessions, the album was released in October 2016. The first single, “Up,” featured French Montana and Infrared. The singles topped at number 27 on the hot 400. After that, “Plata O Plomo” was released in February 2017. Joe’s second collaborative album, “Family Ties,” was released in December 2019.
In December 2020, Joe appeared at the ComplexLand virtual event and talked about the year’s best sneakers.
Fat Joe’s Net Worth Growth
|Net Worth in 2022 $6.0 Million|
|Net Worth in 2021 $4.5 Million|
|Net Worth in 2020 $4.0 Million|
|Net Worth in 2019 $3.5 Million|
|Net Worth in 2018 $3.0 Million|
|Net Worth in 2017 $2.5 Million|
Fat Joe’s Assets and Car collection
Fat Joe owns several real estate properties, including his New York City house. Apart from that, he also has a few more in Los Angeles and one in Chicago. The home is located in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York. Fat Joe has recently been using the space for events and parties. He has hosted several big-name celebrities like Tyga and Jay Z a,t the event location.
Fat Joe’s collection of cars is not very big, but he likes two vehicles the most. He has a Toyota Corolla and a Range Rover. Apart from these two, he also owns a Chevrolet, which he wants the most. He drives his car by himself and often goes around the town for a ride.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the salary of Fat Joe?
● Joe earns an estimated salary of $0.5 Million + Per year
What is the name of Fat Joe’s Wife? ● Joe is married to Lorena Cartagena, and they have three children together.